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:
- France Convicts Google Over Search Suggestions
Google was convicted, as was the CEO, in France for defamation of the search suggestions. In short, a guy named MX sued Google for the search suggestions showing his name when you searched for rapist or satanist amongst other searches. MX was convicted of corruption of a minor, which he is now appealing. So he sued Google over the search suggestions showing his name for the conviction type of keyword. Google of course said the
- Bing iPhone App Adds Farecast Flight Details
One of my favorite features that Microsoft acquired and added to Bing Search was Farecast. Farecast was a flight search engine that offered pricing predictions. I.e. should you buy now or wait for the price of the flight to go down. The search engine used historical flight prices to make a predicition. Now Bing bought them and it is built into their travel search feature. It is now on the iPhone App. Here is a
- Who's Google's Biggest Threat?
Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, in a video interview with Alan Murray of the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt said Google's biggest competitive threat is Bing, not Facebook or Apple. "Bing is a well run, highly competitive search engine," Schmidt tells the WSJ's Alan Murray in a long interview. Meanwhile, it's "too early to tell," how big a competitor Facebook will be, he says. Apple is, "the extreme expression of a closed system, but also a partner."
- Ad Sense, The Book From 1901
Did you know there is a book named Ad sense: devoted to the interests of buyers of advertising? The book was published in 1901 and it was digitized by the New York Public Library in January of this year. Check out the book's cover: Thought some of you may find this a bit humorous. Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.
- Bing Rewards: Yet Another Attempt To Buy Searchers
A week ago Bing announced a new marketing program for them to try to increase search market share. The program is called Bing Rewards and it works a lot like a credit card or airline miles program. How does it work? (1) You sign up at Bing Rewards (2) You Download the Bing Bar (3) Sign in using your Windows Live ID (4) Complete a basic registration process Then you start to accrue points towards
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Introduce Yourself Favourite past time activity :), Google AdWords Help
- Multiple Domains vs Subdomains vs Folders in SEO, Sphinn
- Report: Apple Taking Mobile Ad Share From Google and Microsoft, WebmasterWorld
- Will Foursquare Survive?, Sphinn
- Amazing Google Israel behavior, WebmasterWorld
- Link Building The Philanthropic Way, Sphinn
- More Ways to Customize Your iGoogle Page, Google Web Search Help
- Silos, Architecture, and Linking...Oh My!, Sphinn
- Trying to get from #2 to #1 Any Advice please?, Google Webmaster Help