Now, I’m all for privacy and being open and making people understand of the consequences when it comes to the use of some services, especially Facebook and in some cases Google. But in this case I think there is somebody being a bit to eager.
In the Netherlands, the Local Affairs Office decided to warn Dutch municipalities for the use of Google Maps because of privacy issues. This warning was based on a 68 page counting research which showed that many municipalities use Google Maps on there websites but don’t have any idea about the privacy consequences of that usage. The most remarkable result of the report however is that they advice the municipalities to use not another free service, but the paid Google Maps service, which costs 7000 euros a year or develop a tool for 550.000 euros. Talk about useless spending of public money… (more…)
SEO’s love tools, especially if they have built them themselves. Therefore there are a lot of tools around. Social Media might at first not seem like a ‘tool’ thing, but it sure is, especially when it comes to monitoring.
Socialeyzer decided to ask around about the tools. Who is actually buying the tools, how much are they paying for it, and what are the likes and frustrations. And off course: what are the best ones? The used Kissmetrics to make an infographic out of the answers. (more…)
At State of Search we have decided to take a closer look at the differences between Bing and Google when it comes to current events. Yesterday we explored the differences on reporting the death of Osama Bin Laden and last week we looked at the Royal Wedding. One thing we didn’t really take into account is other services that both Google and Bing explore, like the special YouTube-channel Google had set up.
Microsoft (Bing’s boss so to speak) now releases something around the Royal Wedding using their service Photosynth, of which I am personally a big fan. The service, which also is used in Bing Maps for example, has gathered photo’s from the Royal Wedding and has placed them in a very nice interactive Photosynth set. The images were taken by the Press Association and putten together using Photosynth. OK, it is not search, but it is very nice to see and use. (more…)
Mozcon, the summer training event of SEOMoz, today announced their speakers line up for its newest trainings sessions in July. The line up is to say the least impressive. (more…)
There is a lot of great content being published on State of Search. You might not ‘catch’ them all. So here is an overview of the best read posts which were published in April 2011.
1. Behind the Code in the Hoxton Hotel’s £1 Sale – by Sam Crocker
2. Google puts your address in the SERPS, shows it to your social circle – by Bas van den Beld
3. Pouring Water on the Panda – UK Observations and Data Cautions Regarding Price Comparison – by Nichola Stott
4.The ultimate social media cheat sheet (infographic) – by Bas van den Beld
5. Link Building – Don’t Just Throw Mud Against a Wall – by Guest post by @paddymoogan)
6. Bing’s European boss Cedric Chambaz: “Search is a very personal experience” – by Bas van den Beld
7. Dark Patterns: how “Black Hat design” can influence behavior – by Bas van den Beld
8. More Lessons from The Hoxton Hotel’s £1 Sale – April 2011- by Sam Crocker
9. Linkdex review: a tool as your new SEO assistant – by Bas van den Beld
10. Day to day SEO for Content Producers: The Story of Karen Gillan’s Underwear – by Annabel Hodges
A few weeks back Marissa Mayer had the chance to giggle around Lady GaGa when doing a special interview with her at Google. Last week it was Eric Schmidt’s turn to do the questioning. He talked to US stand up comedienne Tina Fey.
Last week I started with a series in which I am looking at the differences between Bing and Google: which one is actually better? After all, Bing seems to be doing well, although there are some doubts about that. I decided to take a look at the both of them based on current events. So “hot stuff” which anyone could be searching on. The question then is: which one of them handles the current affairs the best? Which one offers me the most relevant results and which one is the most user friendly?
Last week the first comparison was made based on the Royal Wedding. There Google seemed to win it based on the quality of the page in general, but Bing did a better job when it came to user friendliness. Today we can already look at another current event which shows differences between the two: this morning news broke that Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Forces. This off course immediately led to many reactions world wide. I took a look at how Google and Bing reacted. This time not with a video, but in text. (more…)
If you would take a peek at my RSS Reader some of you might be surprised of the amount of search blogs in there. I read many. My guess is many of you do too. We’d like to know which ones you read. Not as a contest, but out of interest into what the readers of State of Search “triggers”. And what beter way than to ask you?
In this poll (which, I repeat is NOT a contest) we have listed 15 blogs for you to choose from and one “other” option. These 15 have been randomly picked. If you really like to tell us which others you read, do leave a comment below. The poll will be up in the sidebar for the next period. We will off course share the results. So please vote, either to the right —> or below here: (more…)
It is Friday, almost weekend and while the rest of the world is watching the Royal Wedding, you can easily enjoy yourself with a few funny Google Fail videos.
We all know the funny Google suggests you sometimes get, nothing new. Still, it is very funny when Graham Norton points them out.
Aliweb, Wanderer, Lycos. They were amongst the first search engines out there in the early 1990s when Internet became a real public tool. It wasn’t until 1995 we saw the birth of Yahoo and Altavista, while it took another three years before Google was there. And remember the short period in which “Cuil” was trying to be the Google killer? It is all gathered in this nice infographic by SEO.com (more…)