Loeb

I'm honored to hear that The Search is up for a Loeb, which is the most prestigious award in business journalism. But the field is quite competitive, and I'm just thrilled to be among the other fine books noted. (Somehow, I sense The World Is Flat will sweep…!) UPDATE:…

I’m honored to hear that The Search is up for a Loeb, which is the most prestigious award in business journalism. But the field is quite competitive, and I’m just thrilled to be among the other fine books noted. (Somehow, I sense The World Is Flat will sweep…!)

UPDATE: Well, this is embarrassing, but my publisher told me I was a finalist, along with about ten other books, but now the release is out, and only three are on it, and The Search ain’t one of them. I guess I was given bad info. Sigh.

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Melanie’s RoundUp

Y! Answers Beta No More Yahoo Answers plans to drop its beta tag on Monday. Since the launch in December 2005, Yahoo says its amassed a library of over 10 million Answers and 7.2 million unique users. Collexis Fingerprints Yet another search service–but wait, Collexis claims individuality for "helping…

Y! Answers Beta No More

Yahoo Answers plans to drop its beta tag on Monday. Since the launch in December 2005, Yahoo says its amassed a library of over 10 million Answers and 7.2 million unique users.

Picture 9Collexis Fingerprints

Yet another search service–but wait, Collexis claims individuality for “helping to get your job done by thinking for you.”

Instead of caching full pages, Collexis crawls for “Fingerprints” of content based on a thesaurus-rich text analysis that can access live pages, archives, and various other types of files.

“The system can create a fingerprint for each piece of text that contains relevant information, such as competence sheets, project descriptions or web pages. The fingerprinting process makes use of a structure of professional terminology of a particular field (essentially a thesaurus). Picture 10By doing so it embodies the way humans understand those terms and concepts.”



Collexis is a tailored industry search for government, university and medical research, pharmaceuticals, and banking and finance. Making data accessible and easy to manipulate will have nice implications for analysts and experts in all those fields, but Collexis also aims to make “it easy to use for even the most non-technical user.”

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Another Hitwise: MySpace Sends 8.2% of Traffic to Google, Implications

Wow. I love infoporn. I have a hunch that Mr. Murdoch is thinking hard about this graph: From the Hitwise blog: The chart (above) illustrates the percentage upstream from myspace.com to Google. Going back to the beginning of last year myspace provided less than 1% of all Google traffic….

Wow. I love infoporn. I have a hunch that Mr. Murdoch is thinking hard about this graph:

Myspace Google

From the Hitwise blog: The chart (above) illustrates the percentage upstream from myspace.com to Google.

Going back to the beginning of last year myspace provided less than 1% of all Google traffic.

While myspace.com still doesn’t have its own search offering, the shear volume of traffic sent to external search engines could be directed internally with the right acquisition and promotion of its own search offering.

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DaGoogle Spike: HitWise Data on the Google – Sony Partnership

Remember the DaVinci code/Google hookup around Easter? (Nathan has a round up of where things stand with the puzzles, etc. here. He apparently is one of 10,000 folks who completed the 24 puzzles and is in the "finals.") Anyway, the folks at Hitwise sent me an analysis of what…

Remember the DaVinci code/Google hookup around Easter? (Nathan has a round up of where things stand with the puzzles, etc. here. He apparently is one of 10,000 folks who completed the 24 puzzles and is in the “finals.”)

Anyway, the folks at Hitwise sent me an analysis of what a link on Google SERPs (along with some juicy homepage promo) will do for a site like Sony Pictures. Check out this graph:

Da Vinci Chart

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Comscore April Numbers

Ben Schachter of UBS provided me with an analysis of Comscore's April numbers. Now, we all know that there are issues with any panel based study, but the big guys are pretty apples to apples. It's very interesting to see how three of the top ten are really newcomers…

Ben Schachter of UBS provided me with an analysis of Comscore’s April numbers. Now, we all know that there are issues with any panel based study, but the big guys are pretty apples to apples. It’s very interesting to see how three of the top ten are really newcomers in the past few years – Myspace, Facebook, and Craigslist (not new, but new to the big leagues). The analysis is not available on the web, so if you want it, I’ve loaded it up here.

From the summary:



Top Ten Sites (Page Views)

1) Yahoo!, 2) MYSPACE.COM, 3) MSN-Microsoft, 4) Time Warner Network, 5)

eBay, 6) Google, 7) FACEBOOK.COM, 8) Viacom Online, 9) Craigslist, and 10)

Comcast. Our tracking index of the top 100 sites by page views was up 7% m/m.

Top Ten Sites (Unique Visitors)

1) Yahoo!, 2) MSN-Microsoft, 3) Time Warner Network, 4) Google Sites, 5)

eBay, 6) Ask Jeeves, 7) Amazon, 8) MYSPACE.COM, 9) New York Times

Digital, 10) and Verizon Communications.

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Thoughts On Google Press Day

A few things that strike me as we digest all the news yesterday (webcast). (PS, Google's shareholder meeting is going on now…) 1. A renewed focus on search (yes, we are still about search, says Marissa in a new blog post). This was a clear message: We differentiate on…

Goog Prss DayA few things that strike me as we digest all the news yesterday (webcast). (PS, Google’s shareholder meeting is going on now…)

1. A renewed focus on search (yes, we are still about search, says Marissa in a new blog post). This was a clear message: We differentiate on search, we lead in search, we live by search. Clearly, the competitive differentiation was important to get across.

2. An expansion of what search means. With Trends, Google is finally starting to mine the Database of Intentions for the obvious value it contains. With Co-Op, it’s starting to mine intentional clickstream. These two signals are critical to advances in search.

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Google Press Day: The Overview

I'll comment on the new products shortly, but here's Melanie's liveblog of Google Press Day from yesterday. First a quick highlight of the day's launches: * Google Co-op: A community site-tagging system that shapes Google's recommended search refinements based on selected users' votes (tags, rankings and comments). "It works…

I’ll comment on the new products shortly, but here’s Melanie’s liveblog of Google Press Day from yesterday.

First a quick highlight of the day’s launches:

* Google Co-op: A community site-tagging system that shapes Google’s recommended search refinements based on selected users’ votes (tags, rankings and comments).

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EBay V. Google For the Heart of the Media Industry

A nice piece of reporting by Susan K. that I had not heard about: eBay and Google competing to build a media industry-spec'd platform (not AdWords….). From it: A consortium of some of the biggest advertisers in the United States has plans to move the ad industry out the…

A nice piece of reporting by Susan K. that I had not heard about: eBay and Google competing to build a media industry-spec’d platform (not AdWords….).

From it:

A consortium of some of the biggest advertisers in the United States has plans to move the ad industry out the era of the cattle exchange and into the internet age. They’re looking for someone to build an ADSDAQ — an online exchange similar to the NASDAQ where advertisers and media owners can trade.

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