Enter the Vortex

I have a fantasy about the future I'll share with you – one where all I am doing is working on FM and writing Searchblog. It's not so far off, but right now, it feels a million miles away. I'm pretty much enveloped by Web 2.0 preparation (we closed…

I have a fantasy about the future I’ll share with you – one where all I am doing is working on FM and writing Searchblog. It’s not so far off, but right now, it feels a million miles away. I’m pretty much enveloped by Web 2.0 preparation (we closed registration and are totally sold out), book tour stuff (I go down to speak at Google – Google! – tomorrow), and what little is left over I am focusing on FM. Forgive me the lack of posts. I’ll be back, strong and refreshed, week after next.

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More On Google And Nasa

In the book I asked Eric Schmidt what was next for Google. He replied that the joke was "carbon nanotubes to the moon." Well, take a look at this release: NASA Takes Google On Journey Into Space MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – September 28, 2005 – NASA Ames Research Center,…

NanotubesIn the book I asked Eric Schmidt what was next for Google. He replied that the joke was “carbon nanotubes to the moon.”

Well, take a look at this release:

NASA Takes Google On Journey Into Space

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Google’s New Digs

The SF Chronicle has the scoop on Google creating yet another major campus (the company just moved to old SGI digs a little over a year ago). Google Inc. is expected to announce plans today to build a 1 million-square-foot campus at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View,…

The SF Chronicle has the scoop on Google creating yet another major campus (the company just moved to old SGI digs a little over a year ago).

Google Inc. is expected to announce plans today to build a 1 million-square-foot campus at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, sources familiar with the plan said Tuesday.

The Internet giant, which has been looking for expansion space during the company’s extraordinary growth spurt, plans to build offices, housing for workers, roads and infrastructure on a vacant section of the sprawling NASA facility in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Q: Does Google Want to Spider Classified Ads?

A: Hell yeah. Why? See this post. But it's not just about magazine ads. This could be the start of something….remember Oodle?…

A: Hell yeah.

Why? See this post. But it’s not just about magazine ads. This could be the start of something….remember Oodle?

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RollyO Launches Beta

The official launch is at Web 2, but the public beta went up today, Dave Pell tells me. This is a new engine which lets your "roll your own" searches. I rolled one on search, for example. It sort of like creating your own domain specific search on the…

Logo-Unreg-PlainThe official launch is at Web 2, but the public beta went up today, Dave Pell tells me. This is a new engine which lets your “roll your own” searches. I rolled one on search, for example. It sort of like creating your own domain specific search on the fly…

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Yahoo Updates Desktop Search

New contextual search stuff integrated…More here…and BTW, Yahoo clarified its response to the Google index news yesterday. I misinterpreted their statement. Here's the clarification: "The "meaningless" number we referenced is not the act of citing an index count …. it's specifically the number Google was using on their home…

New contextual search stuff integrated…More here…and BTW, Yahoo clarified its response to the Google index news yesterday. I misinterpreted their statement. Here’s the clarification: “The “meaningless” number we referenced is not the act of citing an index count …. it’s specifically the number Google was using on their home page.”

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Andy Beal Back In Biz

Folks who watch the inside baseball of SEO/SEM took note with Andy Beal left his job at WebSourced, it also meant we lost a great voice at his corporate blog. Then the company's CEO left, and folks started wondering what was up. Well, I don't have any insight into…

Folks who watch the inside baseball of SEO/SEM took note with Andy Beal left his job at WebSourced, it also meant we lost a great voice at his corporate blog. Then the company’s CEO left, and folks started wondering what was up. Well, I don’t have any insight into that, but Andy pinged me last night to say that he’s back, with a new business, and a new site. Looking forward to reading Andy again!

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Online Ad Revs: Up Up Up

More up and to the right news, from MediaPost coverage: INTERNET AD REVENUES FOR THE first half of this year surged to $5.8 billion–a 26 percent increase from the same period in 2004, according to a report released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers Monday. Online ad revenue…

More up and to the right news, from MediaPost coverage:

INTERNET AD REVENUES FOR THE first half of this year surged to $5.8 billion–a 26 percent increase from the same period in 2004, according to a report released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers Monday. Online ad revenue for this year’s second quarter totaled just under $3 billion, also marking a 26 percent increase over the second quarter of last year, as well as an increase of approximately 7 percent over the first three months of the year.



Search and display ads represented the bulk of online ad spending, with search accounting for 40 percent of total spending, and display ads pulling in 20 percent.

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Google Announces New Index Size, Shifts Focus from Counting

Under embargo last week, I spoke to Marissa Mayer about Google search. I do this often, as part of the normal news cycle, but this time was different. After clearing her throat with some 7th birthday news, she dropped the other shoe – Google is now claiming that its…

Goog No Count

Under embargo last week, I spoke to Marissa Mayer about Google search. I do this often, as part of the normal news cycle, but this time was different. After clearing her throat with some 7th birthday news, she dropped the other shoe – Google is now claiming that its index is three times bigger than its competition. “Wow!” I said. “How can you tell?” “Tests we’ve done,” Mayer responded. “But…those are the same tests we’ve been debating since August, right? The same tests Yahoo claims are inconclusive and not to be trusted!”

Yup, that’s right. The index wars are over, at least in terms of raw counting. Google has taken its ball and gone home. The company has decided to take the McDonalds like number off its website – “8 billion pages served…”, and instead simply claim to be more comprehensive. “Google is the most comprehensive search engine by far,” Mayer told me. Can she prove that? Not easily. But there you have it.

Problem is, while Google is clearly sincere in making this claim – I don’t doubt they believe it – the company refuses to call out any numbers or walk anyone through how they can prove it (other than a battery of disputed tests that honestly, no single person could reliably execute anyway).

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Here Comes Google Streaming Video

Google to work with UPN to provide streaming video of new shows – starting with Everybody Hates Chris. Gary has the details….

Google to work with UPN to provide streaming video of new shows – starting with Everybody Hates Chris. Gary has the details.

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