Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.
Search Engine Roundtable Stories:
- Google's Home Page Instructs: "This Space Intentionally Left Blank"
I am a bit in shock to see Google testing yet another messaging on their simplistic fading home page. First it was just a plain and simple search box and logo, with no instructions. Then Google had to add instructions to tell people they need to press enter to conduct a search. Now, Google is taking it one step further by explaining that the page is left empty on purpose. Here is a screen capture:
- Google News Drops "Text Version" Option
Google News has dropped the "Text Version" feature sometime over the past week or so. A Google News Help thread has some complaints dating back to October 22nd. Personally, I don't think I ever used the text option for Google News, but some have. I did spot a screen shot with the option on Flickr, over here, just look on the left hand column. Now, if you go to Google News, you won't see the
- I See Music on Google Search Now, Finally
Five days after Google announced adding music playable search results to their index, I am now able to see it. It only took about five days, but it is there. Yes, Yahoo has been doing this for a really long time, so Google is playing catch up. Here is a sample result: And if you click the play button a window opens up and plays a sample of the song: Just an FYI - Google
- Australia's Google Maps Easter Egg
If you scope out Bondi Beach in Australia you will see a little easter egg: See it? I would be shocked if this was not mentioned elsewhere or if this was not some public stunt that I missed. But a Google Maps Help thread brought this to my attention. Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.
- The F Bomb Makes Front Page of Google News, Thanks to Arrington
Schwarzenegger Gives California Legislature A Hidden Finger showed how a letter Schwarzenegger wrote had a hidden message. Here it is: Creative, funny and just outstanding journalism. But not all think so. The news made it though various publications and then hit the front page of Google News. Supposedly, I don't have a screen shot to prove it, the F bomb was on the front page of Google News. What I see now is: However, Google
- Halloween Logos from Search Engines: Google, Bing, Yahoo & Many More
Happy Halloween! Here are the logos from the search community including Google, Yahoo, Bing, AOL, Ask, Dogpile, and so many more. For the past years logos, see 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 logos. Here are 2009's Halloween logos: Google has four (click, click, click and click): Yahoo (Flash): AOL (Flash): YouTube: Bing: Ask.com: Dogpile: BruceClay's design: JohnMu of Google dressed up his forum logo: Search Engine Roundtable (us): Google also added fun bits to
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- 6 Crucial Steps to Prepare Yourself for the Twitter Facebook Real-Time Search Integration, Sphinn
- From Made for Adsense to Manufactured for Adsense, WebmasterWorld
- Is Modal Windows Seo Safe?, HighRankings Forums
- Why You Should Build NoFollow Links, Sphinn
- The End Of Page Rank?, WebmasterWorld