Friday, December 22, 2006

AskX : Really nice and a good backup to Google

Quite a good job for the Ask team who release Ask X 4 day ago. This will be a very good second place to test your query and a good tool for recherchist.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Mamma launch a metasearch for video

Nicely done and the results seem good. Mamma Video search in ; YouTube,, Guba,, Grouper, EVTV1, Addicting Clips,, Flixya, Encyclomedia, DailyMotion, Blastro, BusinessWeek, Reuters, Sharkle, Roo Media, USA Today and Metacafe.
Where is Google Video ?

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Aljazeera got a 8

NYT got a 10, CNN a 9, Washington Post a 8 and the new Aljazeera in english got a 8.

* PageRank at Google

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Google Earth and Maps new features


Google Earth now allow you to trace transparent polygons over the maps in his free version and even put your own picture over it.


Now you can put your Google Earth files over Google Maps. This will allow you to put *your* information layer over the Google Maps. I make a fast test map to see all the possibilities offer by that new feature. Click on the Belvédère link in the left column to see what you can do with it !

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Lowest cost per customer acquisition : Internet Search

A study from Piper Jaffray & Co named The New eCommerce Decade: The Age of Micro Targeting show us thoses data :

Average Cost Per Customer Acquisition

Internet Search $8.50
Yellow Pages $20.0
Online Display Ads $50.0
E-Mail $60.0
Direct Mail $70.0

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

sIFR2 : Scalable Inman Flash Replacement 2 now open source

I saw that new technology more than 2 year ago. I give a try for one client, but in that time the server was not enough powerful to serve the replacement of the text in the Flash file for that mid-size traffic site.

Now it seem to work nice with the version 2 of that technology. And the good news it's now open source, under the CC-GNU LGPL license, so anyone can use it free of charge.

Here a live example of the technology use at the Journal Le Devoir, a site who get around 500,000 visitors each month.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Google Custom Search Engine

Suppose to be launch tomorrow. A scoop from ... the Financial Time !
Hard to tell if it will be a mix of Google IG, Google Alert and Google Adwords Search for your own vertical search plus a taginng function. Here is the most interesting part of this article :

Users of Google Custom Search Engine will be able to select the websites they want to be included in their searches, and add to this list in future by “tagging” websites they visit. Any searches will then return results just from that slice of the Google search index.

On your browser tomorrow !

Update 24/10 01:30 :
A big shit not worth much than half of Northern Light have made in 2000 ! Marissa you should shut-up sometimes !

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

PhishTank : Nice initiative is a repository for phishing emails with an open API. Go to the Mathew Ingram post on it to have more information.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Google News Archive : A first step to free archives

Finally a services to search multiple archives. Some of us have already have already taste, - for a small week -, the possibility to search Alexa's Web Archive. Now we can digg up to 200 years in the archives of a few of open archives (BBC News, Time Magazine and Guardian) and some other who require fees (Washington Post Archives, Newspaper Archive, and New York Times Archives).

But they are also some Canadian (Bravo to Canoe and the newspaper Le Devoir) and even french's articles in it !

How to use

Here is the help page to digg on it.

Napterization of an archaic model of business ?

I bet, somme of the publishers will drop soon the fees to have access to it. Why ? The media are facing two majors problems since a few years with the WWW. Lost of readers and not enough reach for the young market. By opening theirs archives they will solve both. They will also give more authority to their site and make more money with targeted ads.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Another big big lost for Search Engine Watch

Seem Incisive Media, the company who bought Search Engine Watch from Jupiter Media just more than 1 year ago, won't renew the contracts of Danny Sullivan, the founder of SEW and the first Guru on the search engine and marketing sector. I'm sad !

Incisive Media who let go THE "Reference" of the SE sector and the first librarian who catch the importance of search engine in the new web culture, may be want to make more place to the new generation, or IMHO, want to save money and trow out the Gurus who cost them to much !!!

You will definitely missed me, good luck Danny !
PS: If they let go Chris Sherman, I predict the death of SEW in a near future !

Monday, August 28, 2006

Flickr add Geo Tagging today

Flickr finally add geo tagging like some other have done in the past. The funny thing about what GeoBloggers have enable like the use of tag "geo:lat=" and "geo:lon=" have been adopt by Flickr. Some of my photos have been already geotagged by the new application.

Here what is looking like with my pictures.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Allpeers : Not sure !

Allpeers was supposed to be online today !

Its a P2P Firefox extension for file sharing on YOUR computer. After reading the Techcrunch post this afternoon, i go to the site and the "Coming soon logo" was, - and still is at 0h20 thursday EST-, on the site !

I test the site for fun and simply add /the-normal-keyword/ to the domain name url and voilà ! I'm on the page offering the extension for Win/Mac/Linux. After installing the extension you'll be prompt to a screen for username, password, email... and activation key. Oups..... In clicking the link below explaining what is the activation key, the tell us the key have 12 digits. Ok ! I try the simpliest combination and bang i'm on it and everything works !

Ouf ! This 200,000 line of c++ extension who weight about 13 megabytes and who will open my computer for file sharing is open like that without invitation and a bit more secure activation code ? A bit scary no ?

I test-it half an hour and it was working not so bad. But the bummer is you can't use Firefox without been connected to Allpeers even if you got a Allpeers logo in your Firefox status bar saying your connected. You've got also an Allpeers status in the status on WinXP but the only thing you can do is to quit Firefox or open Allpeers. Not very good if you're doing some intensive transfer with other net application and still need Firefox to surf the web.

Hope they will soon add a way to close or disable the Allpeers connection without to uninstall it. This is what I will do in the next 30 seconds.

Sorry folks but you should not post your blog news about opening with that open "hidden" directory and really stupid activation key number.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Google Maps add Local business center

Another nice strategy to the local market ! This will hit the yellow page market in US, Uk, Canada, Japan and China !

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Web 1.0 : Gmail Hard Drive, Web 2.0 : GDrive

Just after Google launch Gmail, Gmail Hard Drive extension pops-up. Now the real thing should come soon as this swiss guy find out.
It will give you a lot a new services like synchronization and collaboration, even if you guys run different operating systems !

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Best Deal in the World : W3C PR9 Links for less than $100 by month

The W3C Supporters Program offer you a PageRank 9 link for a thousand dollars a year. I'm not sure this will last long, but for thoses who spotted this mega deal it seem to work nice. This screen shot have been obtain with this handy tool.

Click on it to zoom in

Update 15 july : There a Nofollow metatag (meta name="ROBOTS" content="INDEX, NOFOLLOW" /) that prevent search engine to tranfert some of the PageRank to the linked site !

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Google Maps New Features in Canada

Google Maps have integrated the new features to the canadian maps. We now see address and details tabs in balloons like this query show you.

We also have the "send to phone" option in the balloon but the list of the carrier seem to not have many canadian carrier in it ?

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Google Checkout... US only for now

Google Checkout is out. Both the merchant and buyers have to reside in US for now. The cost is 2% and 20 cents by transaction. Cheaper than PayPal, but you can't use Checkout to transfer money from one account to another one. May be soon.

Checkout have a nice integration with Adwords users too. For every $1 the merchant spend on AdWords, they process $10 in sales for free.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Huckabuck : An Search Engine Equalizer

Nice new (2.0 ;-) generation of an meta search engine who query the old folks like Google, Yahoo and MSN and also the new generation like Technorati, and... Digg.

The search tuner of Huckabuck give you the same twist as the Search Builder of MSN but with more sources it can give you more accurate results.

  • The six sources of data with the equalizer can give you nice or fresher results better than any other metasearch for now
  • The control of the six sources the equalizer give us
Less Good
  • Stemming and the too much consideration of the stop words like; on, the... in the results ?
  • Many results from the same domains without duplication control
Like to see
  • Possibility to save our own equalizing preference
  • Adding new sources
Great new tool. Hope the speed will be faster and they will found fund to enhance this promising tools !!!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Google will test Cost-Per-Action ads model

Google seem to go on the Affiliate Network Market. It will bring a lot of new customers who where afraid of the clicks fraud problem. Nice move and it will be easier for both publishers and merchants to see what make a good ROI between CPC (cost-per-click), CPM (cost per 1,000 impressions) and CPA (cost-per-action).

A lot of them will have huge surprise !!! Hope Google analytic will implement the CPA in his product soon.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

PayPal on GBuy

PayPal President Jeff Jordan have said it will "compete rigorously" if Google launch a similar service in two weeks. That's not very a pro-active way to keep their market !

If Google can launch a good product here it can be a huge step in the diversification of their business model. A Google 2.0 ;-)

We gonna see it in the next couple of weeks.

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Google Analytics get his blog

Google Analytics have his own blog. Hope they will post a lot there because Analytics is a huge product.

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

GBuy to come at the end of june

Since february we didn't heared much about the PayPal competitor GBuy also named Google Wallet or Google Purchase. Now, the Forbes web site tell us it should come at the end of the month. Hope we will see it soon.

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Google open up it's News in XHTML

A new line in the robots.txt of Google open up its news to crawlers and others scraping utilities.
Allow: /news?output=xhtml

Here how it's look like.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Big Brother Strike Again

Two years of Web records from search engines for the US government !!! And no more social networking for youth ! Really crazy, the next two years of the republican will be so long and crucial for the planet.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The turning point of the News Business

Here two greats article on the media sector. First, from the Financial Times, the internet advertising will soon close the gap on newspapers in UK.

Second, the democratization of the News Business from Chris Peck at
  • News will be generated by the people who are chosen, not the chosen people.
  • News will be more a conversation about making sense of the world, less of a sermon from on high.
  • News will rely on the wisdom of the many, not the insight of the few, with journalists being knowledge leaders.
  • News will be multilayered, from very personal accounts to highly evolved overviews by real pros.
  • News will be available anytime, from your phone, computer or new technologically advanced device.
  • News will be framed according to your social networks, your age and your tribe.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

ICANN has had no comment on domain kiting

35 million names registered in April. 32 million were part of a kiting scheme.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Pay per Click fraudulent BotNet Network

After DDOS, hackers have found more lucrative way to make some money. Rent some network of computers infected with the bot Clickbot.A. Their become a genuine business model for cyber-crooks according to Help Net Security !
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Friday, May 19, 2006

Little interview in french about SEO and SEM

A little interview i've done with Philippe Martin and a "old" friend of the TI here in Quebec M. Christian Aubry of Économie Logique Communication. Nice work and thanks to Philippe and Christian and another special thanks to MCeTech2006 and Michel Leblanc!

Eric Baillargeon-Intercommunication
Vidéo envoyée par pmartin

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Skype open up free calls to all US & CA phone

Really a useful thing Skype and the Web give us this week. Any call from a PC to an ordinay phone or cellular are now free anywhere, -in and for-, United States and Canada.
Skype launch this yesterday but I was only able to use it today because they have some bugs with certains IP addresses starting with 69 to 73.

Even conference calls up to 4 peoples also work with that. Great !

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Tuangou : A new chinese craze for BargainMob

You know what is a Flash Mob ? Now the chineses do the same for shopping in group to get discount.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Google Trends

Google Trends have been release today at the Press Day.
This new service show you the trends of keywords since 2004 on a graph with associate articles. The upper part of the graph show you the searches trends while the bottom one give you the news volume. You can also drill down by cities, countries and languages.

Comparison tool

As you can see you can also use it for comparison up to 5 subjects.

It will be an excellent tool for the marketing people. The asiatic data seem a bit poor but will see over time.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Hummer Laptop

Are the battery last longer than 15 minutes and how many watts it is using when plug with the DC ? ;-)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Google to put hands on Olive Software ?

A rumor by the Mercury News SiliconBeat blog tell us that Google is negociating to buy Olive Software of Santa Clara. Seem full of sense when you look what products Olive have developped.

Theirs featured demos section is very informative about the technology involved. It's a great technology who pleased everybody. The embeded flash presentation give you the fealing of reading a real magazine and the XML treatment of the information is great for SE.

If that transaction go through we may be see a Google Catalog 2 ?

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Intention Cloud

Interesting tool based on Google suggest. The idea is based on the merging of Database of Intention + Tag Cloud = Intention Cloud. The french version seem to have not enough data in it.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Google better-than-expected Q1 Earnings

  • Q1 Revenues $2.25 billion
  • 17% increase over the PQ
  • 79% YOY
  • Operating income $743 million
  • Traffic aquisition $723 million.
  • Google’s sites brought in $1.3 billion
  • AdSense sites generated $928 million
  • Google now have 6,790 employees, hiring 1,110 people in three months.
  • After hour trade up $35.25 for 8.49%
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

35.3 million or 72.5 million of blogs ?

David Sifry of Technorati claim they tracks over 35.3 Million blogs. Only that ? At the end of last december, Baidu alone, (the biggest search engine in China and the fouth most visited site in the world), estimate the number of chinese blogs was about 37 million from the 658 blogging service providers(BSPs) in China ! Are they have more chineses blogs now than any other langages blogs tracked by Technorati ? May be or probably soon it will !

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Google patented application on micropayments

After the reputation system on payment, after the rumors on PayPal competition, a patented application on micropayments was issued today. More information on the nice resume by William Slawski.

This will probably speed things on the Google agenda to launch micropayments ! Hope so, because PayPal don't sleep, they will offer credit card to the british folks using eBay !

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Censorship IS Both Way Sometimes in China

We all knew the people living in China have some trouble to see some sites outside their territory but this metropolitan site censor the news of Shangai to the outsider's user of China !!!
- Here is one of the commercial metropolitan sites of Shangai with a direct access . Look at the "Top Treads" in the right column,
- Here is the same commercial metropolitan site of Shangai with an access (proxy) via the translation tool of Google !

All the "Top Treads" column now say: Referer restriction is taking effect. Referer restriction is taking effect. Referer restriction is taking effect.........

First time I saw that !

Wow ! Microsoft release an really useful tool

The Strider URL Tracer is a new tool from the Microsoft labs who include a Typo-Patrol feature that generates and scans sites that capitalize on inadvertent URL misspellings, a process known as typo-squatting !

Why this kind of tool are not included in the OS or even better in the backbone routers ? This will close down a lot of Web's parasites !

Monday, April 10, 2006

PayPal on your phone with Click to Buy

PayPal make a first step in the InfoLust World. Here a few items of what you can buy with your phone on the web.

More on Adotas.
French thoughts on the InfoLust by Martin.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Google Health : A doctor soon on your search engine ?

Danny received a mail from the Googleplex telling this is an area of interest at Google.

Another hint is to always test the "normal" path to it. If you use you'll have the classical error page. But if you're using Tadam ! A redirection to the Advertising Programs page at Google. The health sector have always a cost ;-)

Update: May be the recent entry in the robots.txt was not for "Mobile Business Division" but more for Medical Business? Database" !

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GeoPortail : A GoogleEarth Clone Soon Online for France Territories

The IGN (Institut Géographique National) of France should launch soon (june) a GeoPortail looking like a real clone of GoogleEarth. The june version will be in 2D only and in the beginning of the 3D should be online.
I really doubt the 3D version will offer enough speed to be seen online. But we will have a good cue in june with the first version. They have plan to also release an API but the different services involved have not make an agreement yet.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hakia : Search Engine by Meaning

If Hakia is really at 18% of it's evolution, it will be a really serious contender at the end of this year.
Hakia is planning to debut its full-capacity search engine in fall 2006

I will follow this closely.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Related Links by Google contaminated by AdSense Text ?

Google have released a new related links module for your Web site. I try it for a few minutes and I don't really saw a more real relation between the posted text of my post compare to AdSense.

AdSense contamination ?

When I test them on each post of this blog this one show up. It seem been contaminated by the AdSense text of the ads on my page because no post was related to that subject.

May be only for the News tabs it can be sometimes a plus value !

Friday, March 31, 2006

Web 2 Top 300 and Chinese Web 2 Top 100

The guys at and a lot of contrbutors like the folks at SEW have rated and awarded sites with user empowerment and open-source applications online.

In China, the Internet Society have done the same exercice the same day ! Here is a automatic translation of the chinese Top 100.

It's funny to see a lot of blog and podcast oriented site in the China version. As I read in a few blog out there, the major players have problem to follow up with the very fast pace going out there. You can find in China a few advertising system for your podcast feed, but you can't have any AdSense like ads in your blog !?! Wake up Google !

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Google on a TV near you

Seem Google is going also in the IP TV business too.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

JupiterMedia on a break up move

After ClickZ and SearchEngineWatch last september and the Search Engine Strategies trade show business in last august, now it's the turn of JupiterResearch division to be sold to MCG Capital Corporation to form a new company to be Jupiter Kagan Inc.

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The Chinese Internet Bubble to Blow ?

Not really sure and I doubt it will be the same as us in summer 2000 in the west, but after a few weeks navigating thoses countries, and specially China, they seem to reproduce the same bad patterns we saw between 98 and 2001 over here. Overloaded site with ads and oversaturate with flashy colors and stupids animated gif files floating around your screen with the new css layers they discover. But the market is there and you can saw more and more professional site if you use the good SE to find it.

But for us, it is a really huge work to write text to avoid censor. If you talk about a spring collection with a red blood color, your can be in trouble with the automatic censorship system.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Google plotting the way to ads

Google is working very in the mobile ads business. And in the patent application too. Its start by (sort by date of the filed demand)
Method and system to provide advertisements based on wireless access points and then 3 months later a Method and apparatus for customizing travel directions and this new one for Visually-oriented driving directions in digital mapping system last summer. Lately, it was that small addition to the robots.txt.

Via Rusty, William and Michel.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Google new service to coming out soon ? Google MBD ?

After the release of Google Finance today (post about it in french here), a new line also appeared in the Robots.txt :
Disallow: /mbd?

Seem to not be redirect nor giving any error !

Mobile Business Division ?

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

KinderStart Files Complaint against Google

Sometimes Forbes should evaluate the quality of Associated Press article before to "publi-shit".
KinderStart, a Norwalk-based Web site devoted to information about children, says it was dropped from Google's index a year ago without warning...
- First it's not a site, it's a directory. A competitor in a way.
- Second, it's an automatic submission directory without children information from the site owner.
- A year ago ? May be you should make some little verification if that occurs after they implemented some new features in their site...
This time, KinderStart is the one making accusations of free-speech violations - in Google's case, by reducing the traffic sent to Web sites that have been wrongfully punished.

Yes that true. Kinderstart really like free-speech ! Even online casino ads and diets pills are in there since a couple of months in their comments system:

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online poker cheets com
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cheap diet pill (, on 2005-09-02 06:56:19-07, wrote the following:
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Free Texas Holdem Poker Games Online (, on 2005-09-01 00:39:16-07, wrote the following:
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games free online video poker (, on 2005-08-31 05:01:20-07, wrote the following:
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Also drugs and piercing for our littles childs. Tha's really good free-speech ;-)

Martin (, on 2006-03-13 18:22:24-08, wrote the following:
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I think Google should totally ban that site if KinderStart can't verify what the people put in there.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

West Side Story ?

Did american search engine make a good crawling of asian sites and specially on the leader Baidu?
Anyway, Microsoft make a good job on his own site !

Alexa Top 9
RankIndexed pages
- Google
- Yahoo



- Google
- Yahoo


- Google
- Yahoo


- Google
- Yahoo


- Google
- Yahoo


- Google
- Yahoo



- Google
- Yahoo


- Google
- Yahoo


- Google
- Yahoo


Note : Google data come from

Monday, March 13, 2006

Google Reputation System

Seem Google is in the way of another good move to diversify their revenue. The big thing missing at the Google Buy/Purchase seem to be in beta testing.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Thursday, February 16, 2006

China Censorship : A Chinese View of the Situation

Sometimes it is good to see the other face perspective.

This is an article of China Tech News about all the censorship issue and globalization. The article is moderate - as usual -, but the end of this paragraph seem have not to be seen by the authorities :

America's response to technology companies operating in China is based on good intentions, but ignores the reality of a globalized world. Pressuring Yahoo to break Chinese laws is like being a conspirator to a crime. The Google logo hangs on the door of the company's Shanghai office, but the Chinese staff working inside would rather stay at the company than pound stones in a labor camp.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

First tought on Office Live

Ouch ! There will be an huge problem soon to find domain names. If anyone can have a domain name for free with the new Office Live, we gonna have difficulty to find good one's in an near future.

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Monday, February 13, 2006

RSS Tutorial Video

Cnet have put an small video to explain what are RSS. Click on Video Tutorial on that page.

They should put more examples of RSS feeds can be useful for other things than only news and blogs: (Jobs posting, Sweepstakes pages, new products watchlist, press releases, etc).

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Friday, February 03, 2006

Google Scoreboard

Here the Scoreboard from Forbes and my appreciation too :

Google Services Scoreboard
Google Services

Forbes Scores

My Scores
1. Search:A-A
2. Contextual Ads:C+B+
3. Local/Maps/Earth:B+ A-
4. Froogle:D+D
5. Gmail:CB-
6. Base:CD
7. Search Appliances:BC-
8. Google Pack:C-C
9. Video Store:CC-
10. Blogger:C-B
11. Google Talk::B-C

1- The share of Google is probably higher than Forbes think. Also Google get more and more traffic and gain part of the pie year after years.
2- Forbes say "Google doesn't break out revenue from AdSense, but most analysts believe it is a small part of the company's business." Wrong here guys. Adsense was for the 42% of Google revenue last Q4. I didn't put a higher mark because of the splogs affecting AdSense.
3- Google have start testing ads on the maps itself and also place some sponsored links in local results in Google Local.
4- No so competitive compare to other shopping engine
5- Getting better every year. Even in french a saw more ads more ads who don't bug me.
6- The worst product/service, even before Orkut. A huge potential waste !
7- A small niche.
8- An average package but a very smart installation process.
9- A badly and very too soon launch. Hope they will be soon a huge makeover à la Gmaps
10- It's time for some enhancement here. Categories first !
11- A lot of work to do here. The Trillian addition in Google Pack is also weird !

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Google have topped Yahoo

According to Alexa, for the first time, Google have topped Yahoo on daily reach !

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

New Google Shopping : Add Job to Cart

Google have placed a beta shopping cart to the human ressource section. After click the
(Beta - Add to job cart | View job cart) and you will direct to an online - not secure- form.

Via : Zorgloob

BTW: You're looking for a nice house in St-Jerome, Quebec ?

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Exalead Upgrade Again : 3.5 Billion Documents

Seem Exalead have take steroids recently ;-) They add another 444,607,025 pages to their index in two weeks but miss the prediction by 500k !

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Google : Three New Datacenters at 25 Billion Pages

Three new datacenters, since yesterday, are now at 25 Billions : (www-dc) (Big Daddy) (www-mc)

We are now at six ! When will this hit ?

Update 31 jan : Seem some of the datacenters give some different results at different time !!!

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Google Should Reach 25 Billion Indexed Documents

Some datacenters of Google display now 25,270,000,000 results. That's more than the double of the last estimate index of around 9,6 to 11,6 billion. Here the ones : (Big Daddy)

Here is some small comparison tests :


But a bigger index didn't mean de facto a better result. I try with my name plus a term associate to me sometimes in french :
Google : Results 1 - 52 of about 407
New DCs : Results 1 - 60 of about 432

  • The new DC's give at position 3 and 4, results from Jux2 ! No so good for that query.
  • Google give me some result where I'm no longer in that page (last comment made) while the new DC's still! No so bad for that result.
  • The new DC's found 6 new results and 2 really worth it.
The best way to find it is useful for you is to test by your own.

Update : After a few test, it is better on popular/commercial terms, but with unusual query it still have a bit more of garbage.

PS: The new algo seem to favor shorter title tag !

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Google Is Destined To Fail In China

A rarely signed article of China Tech News, from Perry Wu, on the Google foothole in China :

I was attending a small wedding for one of China's Internet gurus, and the CEOs from many of China's top technology companies were in attendance. They were all chums and getting along fine, even though the press portrays them as vicious competitors. Can Google sit at that table? No, it doesn't have the pedigree and it has not "eaten the bitterness" that the other domestic firms have ingested.

Google is a very open company when it comes to press releases and movements within its firm. But there are many things that can happen to a business in China that might seem fine on the mainland, but won't work in the halls of Wall Street or in the glare of Sarbanes-Oxley. has gotten away with the firing of top executives without notice to the press. gets embroiled in a lawsuit that, if it were an American firm, would get it airtime on CBS's "60 Minutes" show, but in China it only gets a few quick blurbs in the Chinese press. Can Google live like this? Can it look itself in the mirror each morning and say "No Evil!" or will it instead say, "Hear no evil; See no evil"?
I'm not sure this will be the same after the olympic ! The chineses are already awake, but after the world will be !

Google China : And your Morality ?

I'm real tired to read majorities of thoses stories about evil and censorship.

  1. First, for who follow a bit the China Web tendancies since a few years, nothing have, - and will-, change at all for Google since 2002 !
  2. Second, did you think the filters have make any difference for *the chineses* who wants to have access to something ? They have absolutely no problem to reach anything. We can compare this as a beta SafeSearch Filtering !!!
  3. Third, China and Google are really so evil ? Why I see your car on the WallMart parking every week and why every big corporation comply to the chinese communist party rules ?
Hypocrisy !!!
PS: But if I read something about Google let Gmail open in China, and after give some private informations of an possible offender to the Chines governement, it will then be a different ball game !

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Brand 2005 : Google Back and Skype in third

Google is back over Apple, but a new contender is third Skype. My bet is Skype will be the winner next year. Even if I live in North America, I receive this sunday; 2 "standard" phone calls and 5 Skype phone call ! And with Pamela for Skype I also get automatic call answering machine !

Just hope the Interbrand will take more in account the asia market in it next year ranking. Asian market will then have more english speaking peoples than anywhere else in the world !!!

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Worst Week Ever for Goog

Almost a $60 dollars drop for Goog ! It's seem the fed story to be for something in that decline !?!

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Miserable Failure Administration Want Google Data

It's the weirdest request I ever read :
...The government contends it needs the Google data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches.

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Justice Department lawyers revealed that Google has refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for the records, which include a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period.

Any idiot will never buy this reason ! It's like if DOJ ask the New York Times a year of their newspapers with all the subscribers, readers and advertisers list to find out ads about... escorts. Come on guys !

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Baidu is Back

Baidu come back after a lot of competition in the Asia market since april 2004. It is now the fourth most popular web sites on the planet. Watch it Google !

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

My 2006 prediction to save traditionnal media : You have to open up your archive !

Here a small part of a canadian media study I work on since a few weeks:

In the red corner : (CanWest Global Communications Corp is one of the biggest media in Canada );

* Victoria Times Colonist
* Vancouver Province
* Vancouver Sun
* Edmonton Journal
* Calgary Herald
* Regina Leader-Post
* Saskatoon StarPhoenix
* Windsor Star
* Ottawa Citizen
* Montreal Gazette
* Dawson Creek
* Fort St. John
* Kamloops
* Kelowna
* Nanaimo
* Prince George
* Prince Rupert
* Trail
* Lethbridge
* Red Deer
* Vancouver Island Newspapers
* VANNET Newspapers

And the city guides :

* Victoria
* Vancouver
* Edmonton
* Calgary
* Regina
* Saskatoon
* Winnipeg
* Windsor
* Hamilton
* Toronto
* Ottawa
* Montreal
* Halifax
* Dawson Creek
* Fort St. John
* Kamloops
* Kelowna
* Nanaimo
* Prince George
* Prince Rupert
* Trail
* Lethbridge
* Red Deer

Total of indexed pages for all thoses newspapers and guides :874,000 pages in Google with the exception of Astrology who is under a different domain name.

Estimate traffic for all of the network : three million unique visitors a month.
In the blue corner : LeDevoir (Small independant Quebec Newspapers with less than 30,000 daily copies)


Total of all the pages indexed : 1,160,00 pages in Google for this unique newspapers

Traffic only from Google in december 2005 : 641,520 visitors

Estimate traffic for this newspapers : At least 1,25 million unique visitors a month.


Conclusion :
The tradionnal media have to open up their archives. The newspapers site have mixed articles, some are totaly free and some other are lock and give only one or two sentenses of the articles for free. But after a while, all thoses articles are crawlable by search engines thru 2002, and that's why this small media business have a unique and very performant model on the web.

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Google Acquisition and Partnership

dMarc Broadcasting have been acquired by Google. After the Print Ads, Google move on the radio market with the dMarc system which is similar to the AdWord's one.
Also, Google have made a partnership with the network to promote search and advertising.

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Quaero : A lot of speculation

Quaero which means "search" in latin have a very weird first press meme. For a lot of peoples it will be the next Google killer and for other it's more an multimedia search tool with a lot of automation techniques :
The search engine utilizes techniques for recognizing, transcribing, indexing, and automatic translation of audiovisual documents ant it will operate in several languages. There is also mention of automatic recognition and indexing of images.

Hum ! I'm a bit skeptical on thoses. May be an improve Singing Fish ?

The players are Deutsche Telecom, France Telecom, Thomson and the search engine Exalead with the help of a lot of public research institutes form France and Germany.

But here it's start to be weird, it's the branding part. is already taken and the, -where the project information are Olivier-, redirect you to where all information is in a Flash site (Wow! Start good for a Search engine !?! If you choose the french version you will have in the bottom a link on the Quaero project in french.

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Monday, January 16, 2006

All About Search

Nice repository of; search sites, forums and blogs about search and online marketing. is the place !

PRASE : Page Rank Assited Search Engine

It can be useful. Search Google, Yahoo and MSN with the range of Pagerank you wish and you can also skip the first results with "Start at".

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Exalead Upgrade to 3 Billion Documents

Exalead have update is database to 3 billion documents. With some terms they will have to search deeper !

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Google Video Store Now Open

Google Video Store is now open. You can buy video from 50 cents to $19.99 for a movie or a show. You can also by a "Day Pass" for 24 hours. Video are available for Windows, Mac, Ipod Video or Sony PSP.

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Monday, January 09, 2006

The two solitudes

Google Site: Operators showing the 10 first page of the two versions of the Canoe Network (English) (French)

1. -- Today's SUNshine Girl 1. LCN - Le Web - Le Monde, National, Régional, Faits divers
2. Flirt - Friendship, dating ...and beyond! 2. Webfin ARGENT
3. 3.
4. CANOE -- CNEWS - Canada's Web Source For News And Information 4. Canoë - Le portail d'information sur l'actualité et le divertissement
5. CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Canada's home page for sports 5. - Le réseau de tous les services Internet / The ...
6. C-Health: Your Health and Wellness Source - powered by MediResource 6. Cartes virtuelles -
7. CANOE -- WHAM! gaming 7. Art de vivre : Clin d'œil - Le premier magazine de mode au Québec
8. CANOE -- JAM 8. Art de vivre : Femme plus - Le magazine de la femme active et épanouie
9. CANOE - Lifewise 9. Canoe – Bulletins
10. CANOE Travel 10. Canoë Santé

Funny to saw the difference in the attraction pole of thoses "two solitudes" !

Google and DivX Partnership

Google is definitively jumping in the video market.
"Our goal with Google Video is to make the world's video content accessible to people, and working with DivX is a very important step toward extending that service beyond the PC to consumer electronics devices."

May be this announcement is why the Google Video Player have been pull out in the Google Pack ?

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Google Pack Complete List

  1. Google Toolbar for IE
  2. Google Desktop
  3. Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar
  4. Picasa
  5. RealPlayer
  6. Ad-Aware SE Personal
  7. Norton AntiVirus 2005 SE (with 6 month free update)
  8. Google Talk
  9. Google Earth
  10. GalleryPlayer HD Images (???)
  11. Trillian
  12. Google Pack Screensaver
  13. Adobe Reader 7
  14. Google Video Player (The new program for pay-per-view video)
The about page of Google Pack. Thoses 14 softwares where taken from a .js file I discovered in the Google Pack site.

Update 22h EST : It's now live!

Afterward I strongly think of the leaking (or the subtle appearance of the About page), IS ANOTHER VERY GOOD VIRAL MARKETING MOVE by let thoses files (about.html and the .js too) to be accessible the same day Yahoo promote some other stuff at CES !!!

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Google Pack : A Weird Bundle of Programs

Here the list :
  • Google-tweaked version of Firefox,
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader,
  • antivirus software from Symantec,
  • AdAware,
  • Google's own offerings, (Google Desktop Search, Picasa, Google Earth, Google Talk)
But also those two weird's one
  • Trillian
  • RealPlayer
Bizarre to see Trillian in this pack when you got already the Google Talk instant messager ? Also to saw the very old RealPlayer in the list is very weird, when Google Video use Flash Video streaming file !

Via ArsTechnica

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Google Video on Demand

Seem Google Video will have a new commercial turn with video, sports and TV programs on demand. Their two first partners will be CBS Corp. and the National Basketball Association.
It seem to be a streaming offer, not a downloading one ! Will this be the first real diversification of revenue for Google ?

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