Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Web Developer Extension for Firefox

Another great extension for Firefox who got a huge set of features mainly for developpers but also for SEO/SEM!

MSN Search Feeds now

MSN Search have put two new operators. And they work remarkably well !

Feed: Bring you raw XML or ATOM feed that contain your query terms.
Very impressive results where only Blogline and Findory can compete with it ! Blogpulse and Gigablast give you not so good results and Technorati is too slow to be an useful search tool.
You can combine with the [site:] operator to get all the feeds a site have.

HasFeed: Return any page* that links to an RSS or ATOM feed and returns for your query terms.
*Even if it's not appearing the page, ie an "link href" in the code will bring it : link href="" rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="XML Feed of that page"

Google Experiment Ad Sale for Print

My first impression on that move: PPC ads market is shrinking ! Second thought: Click fraud is going up !

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

SEO Extension for Firefox :Quirk Search Status

One of the most useful extension for Firefox have upgrade to v 1.9 and now offer you NoFollow Links Highlighting and Keywords Density since version 1.6.

Here is the picture of Search Status who appears unobtrusively at the bottom of the browser on the status bar.

This is the Menu picture when you click on the Quirk logo in the status bar.

Here is the Meta Tags windows :

Finally the Keywords Density windows

Katrina and Google Earth

You can have the Katarina Models from NHC Storm Forecast in a layer over Google Earth earth here

Via GISuser

Also haved you notice CNN was using Google Earth - a new version have been released yesterday- in some of their TV presentations this morning !
Update: They now clearly label it !

China Search Engine Survey : Baidu first, Google second

China Internet Network Information Center have release a survey on China's search market. Here a snippet :
In particular, Baidu has a 43.9% share in Shanghai compared to 38.2% for Google. In Beijing, Baidu is also the leader with 51.5%, while Google owns only 32.9% of all searches. In Guangzhou, Google has a 28.7% market share while Baidu is the leader with 48%.

That's give 47,8% for Baidu and leave Google with the third (33,26% )of the China search market pie. That's a bit better (+3,5%) for Google compare to last year according to market research firm iResearch Inc in Shanghai.

Google Hurricane and Typhoon Maps

Over 150 years of hurricane and typhoon data and path.

Google targeting specific MSN employee

When Google really want you, they even use Adwords to hire you !
If you make a query with the first and last name of a MSN Senior Researcher specialized in human-computer interaction you will see this :

Via Scobleizer

Monday, August 29, 2005

At 10:30 EDT already 1250 pictures of Katrina on Flickr

Really amazing the new revolution of "instantness" on the Web. The tag Katrina already bring up more than 1,250 picture at 10:30 EDT !

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Hurricane Katrina live

Very informative site implantation on Florida hurricanes with a good interaction with users. Live; news, forum and multiple wheather's data.

Skype have reach 150 Million download Mark

Wow ! That's a lot of downloads.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Skype open's up with an API

May be that's why, Big G release Google talk soooo early !

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Google Talk Live

It's there at at first use it seem really basic for an Google product !?!

Google future IM named Google Talk

Nice name who give us a clue for the new application. This name confirm that the IM will also able us to talk to users and not only chat with them. The Trillian server have be found here.

Like Loren Baker say in his post, I wonder what pizazz Google will add to Google Talk to make us switch from Skype or Yahoo IM ?

Here a pre-alpha version of Google Talk.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Google IM scheduled for wednesday ?

Seem Google will release a Instant Messenger this wednesday if believe this article of the New York Time :
Google executives say they plan to unveil on Wednesday a "communications tool" that is potentially a clear step beyond the company's search-related business focus.

While executives would not disclose what the new software tool might be, Google has long been expected to introduce an instant messaging service to compete with services offered by America Online, Yahoo and MSN from Microsoft.

To put more weight in the balance here is an alpha screen shot of it who use the Jabber platform. Will Google lauch an application for Mac and PC for the first time ?


Google launch Desktop 2 (sic) beta. A lot of new features like a sidebar of your personal info, the inclusion of Gmail, Google News and RSS in the crawling. Also a API for it. Wow !

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Blogs goes audio automatically with Talkr

Here is the last post from the Many-to-Many blog. Don't have the the time to read while you doing something ? No problema with the new Talkr service in MP3 for your Ipod or Mp3 player. Talkr is not supporting Atom feed :-(

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ressurection of the Mamma acquisition of Copernic ?

I'm very surprise by this comeback on the Copernic acquisition by Mamma. Specially when you look at their three last results :
  • Q4 2004 : -672 000$US
  • Q1 2005 : -890 000$US
  • Q2 2005 : -2 400 000$US

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Google and trademark as a keyword in ads

Here is what the blog of Google say to clarify a few things about the Geico lawsuit case :

Last December, the judge in the case ruled decisively in our favor on the issue of keywords. In her oral ruling, she stated that GEICO had failed to prove that using "GEICO" as a keyword to trigger ads was likely to confuse consumers. Then, earlier this month, she issued a written ruling explaining the reasoning behind the December ruling.

In her written ruling, she stated that GEICO's own evidence "refutes the allegation that the use of the trademark as a keyword, without more, causes a likelihood of confusion." That is a clear signal that Google's policy on trademarks and keywords is lawful.

What has generated the confusion is another part of the ruling, of little significance to Google, that relates to the use of "GEICO" in ad text. Google already has a policy that prohibits advertisers from using someone else's trademark in their ad text when the trademark owner objects. Our policy on that is here.

If I understand this, it's ok to use hidden trademark keywords - to trigger your ad - if the trademark owner don't know or object. But you should never use trademark in the text copy of your ad.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Acronym : The worst thing in worldwide communication...

RSS, RSS/XML, ATOM, Live bookmarks, Web Feeds or Dymamic Bookmarks ?

... My post title should also be : Please, leave the geek guys far away for a new technology definition term. Here is why I wrote that post !
It's start with RSS, XML/RSS, and after Atom ! To confuse your mother more and more, RSS has two meanings; Really Simple Syndication and Rich Site Summary. Wow ! Go in a cab and ask your taxi driver to tell you what that mean ?

Now we got two new term to confuse everyone : Live bookmarks and Web Feeds !

The first one is still not so bad because it's use the term "bookmarks" who is now almost a common word for internet users, but in my mind it should be called "dynamic bookmarks". The "feeds" terms doesn't represent a concrete image in my mind.

If the first guy have called the Really Simple Syndication (sic) an "Dynamic Bookmarks", I'm almost sure the more than 9% of the americans know about it !

The same appends all the time with acronyms, when we work with big companies or even worst with government sites. It's full of acronyms who can have a lot of diferents meanings in other state/province of your country and even worst outside it! Thoses acronyms are use in domain names, directories and file names. Don't use them and use two or three words to describe to users the meaning of your URL !

Please stay away from that, if you want to be found on the Web !

Inspired by : Greg, Martin , Bruno and Sylvain


Google Maps and MSN Virtual Earth embed in a Flash apps ! Nice tool to compare the aerial pictures and also give you the possibility to rotate the maps !

Search engine index size

Funny to see how some study on SE size can used an so bad starting point ! When I read it yesterday, I was surprised by the difference of my own little test ?
Jean Veronis have done an analyze of it and his conclusion are totally oppose !

Monday, August 15, 2005


A meme with plausible facts. Not really the Wi-Fi part, but for paying less bandwith fees it's seem logical.

Tag's fight with pictures


Virtual Earth apps start to show up

Again, it is starting with Commercial Real Estate.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Yahoo Index Size : 25 to 35% bigger than Google

That statement make me laugh !
How to find the real size of the index of a search engine ? Don't try, it's impossible !
The best way to figure out is to use a word who will give you less than a thousand results, because you never can see more than a thousand in SERPs.

Let see what we got here with a word with less than 1,000 SERPs:

Bleuetiers (Blueberries plants in french)
Google : First digits on Bleuetiers:
Web Results 1 - 84 of about 441 for bleuetiers. (0.99 seconds)
441 ? Wow ! Let see what will got really by clicking on :
repeat the search with the omitted results included.
Web Results 1 - 100 of about 405 for bleuetiers. (0.19 seconds)
405 ? Not bad ! Well, let see the last page of results with a click on the last page here :
Result Page:





Oups :
Web Results 101 - 182 of about 200 for bleuetiers. (0.25 seconds)

Now we got the real number of
182 results

Same exercice
with Yahoo

Results 1 - 77 of about 244 for bleuetiers - 0.05 sec. (About this page)

244 results or 77 ? Let see with a click on :
repeat the search with the omitted results included.

Results 1 - 100 of about 925 for bleuetiers - 0.07 sec. (About this page)
Now 925 results ??? A weird glitch here !

Let see with a click on page 10 !

Results Page:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Next

Results 201 - 234 of about 234 for bleuetiers - 0.03 sec. (About this page)

234 results is the real digit. That 50 more than Google and with that we can saw that Yahoo have around 25% more results than Google for the first time.

Second try with "st-joseph-de-la-rive" (a small town of Quebec province)

First estimation for Google : 811 results

Real digit for Google : 384 results

Web Results 301 - 384 of about 809 for "st-joseph-de-la-rive". (0.39 seconds)

First estimation for Yahoo : 6,010 results

Real digit for Yahoo :484 results

Results 401 - 484 of about 1,710 for "st-joseph-de-la-rive" - 0.05 sec. (About this page)

100 more results for Yahoo who give us again about 25% more results.

Third try with "ste-catherine-de-la-jacques-cartier"

First estimation for Google : 3,980 results

Real digit for Google : 387 results

Results 301 - 387 of about 3,970 for "ste-catherine-de-la-jacques-cartier". (0.20 seconds)

First estimation for Yahoo : 5,880 results

Real digit for Yahoo : 556 results

Results 501 - 556 of about 1,490 for "ste-catherine-de-la-jacques-cartier" - 0.58 sec.

Again 169 more pages for Yahoo !

Google Recent Backlashes

The first one is the CNET blacklisted for one year for that article. On one face I approve that decision, because Elinor Mills don't have to put the Schmidt's wife and the location of their house in the article. Schmidt is a public guy who manage the company and the main tool used to gather the personal information for that paper, but not his wife and/or their family neighbourhood. For the other stuff in the paper, Mr. Mills should not be blame for thoses.

The second one is the lawsuit against Google last week. I don't like to see Stern in this, but at fisrt thought I agree that lawsuit. Specially when your add this in the balance !

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Less overlap between search engine results

Nice paper on the SERPs on the GYMA (Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask) search engine.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

SEW, SES and Clickz to be sold

Wow ! A big move for Jupiter Media who will focus more on JupiterImages. The Search Engine Strategies are included in the deal. Good luck to Danny and Gary.

I'm Feeling Thirsty is the place!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Google and the RSS patent : Evil way

Nice resume about Google who had filed a patent around RSS advertising. Note that Google add finally an RSS feed to one of it's page site almost two years after this filing !?! Beurk!