Bing Targets Firefox, Chrome Users For IE Upgrade – But Not Safari

Back in the day, it was news when Google used its massive home page distribution to push its new Chrome browser. Google putting ads on its home page?! A big deal, even if they were for Google's own products. It spoke to an ongoing creep inside the company of…

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Back in the day, it was news when Google used its massive home page distribution to push its new Chrome browser.

Google putting ads on its home page?! A big deal, even if they were for Google’s own products. It spoke to an ongoing creep inside the company of leveraging its position in search to help it win in other markets, and to some, it felt like a violation of Google’s own principles in the process.

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It’s All The Web

Fred points out apps and services that are "Mobile First Web Second." I don't like the distinction. To me, it's all the web. It's this kind of thinking that leads to Wired's ill-considered proclamation that "the Web is dead." (I debate that in the second half of this thread…

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Fred points out apps and services that are “Mobile First Web Second.” I don’t like the distinction. To me, it’s all the web. It’s this kind of thinking that leads to Wired’s ill-considered proclamation that “the Web is dead.” (I debate that in the second half of this thread here).

What, after all, is the web, really? To me, it’s a set of standards that allow for interconnection, sharing of experience and data, navigation between experiences, and a level playing field for anyone to create value. If we continue to see mobile as “different” from the web, we may lose the magic the web has evoked – the free and open platform which has allowed thousands of startups to bloom, many of which have changed the world, and, I hope, will continue to do so.

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That Was Fast: TellApart Implements A Searchblog Suggestion

Earlier this week I mused out loud about retargeting, suggesting that perhaps it's time for marketers to not just chase folks around the web in hopes they might irritate us into submission, but rather offer us the chance to politely say "Not right now, thanks." One of Searchblog's readers…

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Earlier this week I mused out loud about retargeting, suggesting that perhaps it’s time for marketers to not just chase folks around the web in hopes they might irritate us into submission, but rather offer us the chance to politely say “Not right now, thanks.”

One of Searchblog’s readers turned out to be Josh McFarland, CEO of remarketing startup TellApart. He marshalled his team and within 24 hours had a working prototype integrated into his service. Here’s how it works, in his words:

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Google and AOL Renew Pact

One of the best cards in AOL's difficult hand has been its search deal with Google, which was up for renewal this year. This morning the two companies announced (ahead of a December deadline) that they were staying together, though I can only imagine the folks at Bing didn't…

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One of the best cards in AOL’s difficult hand has been its search deal with Google, which was up for renewal this year. This morning the two companies announced (ahead of a December deadline) that they were staying together, though I can only imagine the folks at Bing didn’t make it easy. At the moment, only three parties know what Google paid – Google, AOL, and Microsoft, which knows at least what Google must have topped to win the deal.

Here’s the official release. Financial details are not disclosed, yet, but more will probably be available in future SEC filings.

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Ping: “Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes” Except…

…as far as I can tell, they in fact don't ever meet. You can't leverage your networks on Facebook and Twitter in Ping. It's another closed Apple system, another Apple universe in a gilded gift box. It's not that Apple hates the web, it's just that Apple is better…

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…as far as I can tell, they in fact don’t ever meet. You can’t leverage your networks on Facebook and Twitter in Ping. It’s another closed Apple system, another Apple universe in a gilded gift box.

It’s not that Apple hates the web, it’s just that Apple is better than the web. Apple doesn’t need it. It seems Apple has it all figured out.

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