It's Digg time! And the world is also sphinning, so it's likely that we'll do some Sphinn coverage in the Digest in the future. Who knows?
What's new in the world of search from a tech geek's perspective anyway? A lot of things, actually. First of all, did you know that Google has a quilt shop in Venezuela? I don't think Google knew either. It reminds me of the fake Engadget store in Malaysia. Do these people not think that these brands are almost completely ubiquitous? I guess they don't.
RustyBrick (the company, not Barry) has been featured in TechCrunch because we're providing blog authors with a means of organizing multiple stories with multiple authors. If you maintain a very large website and need to manage your writer's budget, this is a cool tool. On a side point, we've also used it to manage our conference coverage, so it comes in handy for alternate purposes.
Back onto search.
David Wallace proposes an interesting question: should small businesses be afraid of Google Universal Search? . It's one of those challenges that a small company with not as much brand awareness and visibility is posed with. Thus, he proposes that you take advantage of the tools to maximize that visibility, including using Flickr, setting up a blog, using YouTube to submit company videos, and getting listed on Google maps.
Last week, Yahoo started rolling out Yahoo! Search Assist . We covered it and featured Danny's screencast which is quite cool. It's interesting that Jeremiah Owyang then discovered that AOL has been "borrowing" Yahoo's homepage design. But as I commented in that story at Digg, the current design might be replaced by something newer soon.
And finally, a golden nugget of wisdom from Christine Churchill: learn everything you can about your website . For example, renew your domain name before it expires. Make sure your robots.txt file is not excluding pages you want indexed from being crawled. Don't share your IP address with a spam site. Otherwise, you may have major problems to deal with.