Techmeme Puts Users First

Popular tech news aggregation site Techmeme is going from algorithmic news to human-edited news. In other words, they will be choosing which stories appear on the site now. This of course leads to bias and "unfairness" to other sites who look forward to getting their stories on Techmeme. But as the site’s owner Gabe Rivera says, "Techmeme isn’t fair because life isn’t fair."

Well put.

Facebook Growing Fast In Foreign Countries
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It seems that a global financial crisis isn’t about to stop Facebook’s spread.  Even as the European Central Bank delivers its biggest interest rate cut ever, a new report is documenting the social network’s impressive levels of growth overseas.

Web Analytics: The Future, SEO, Tools, and Mistakes
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It’s no secret that web analytics are important to the success of a website. It looks like that importance might even increase in the future as change unfolds in the search industry, throwing a fork in the spokes of how Internet marketers drive traffic to sites.

Web Analytics and SEO

Viral Marketing On The Cheap
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Marketers everywhere face problems including mute buttons, ad-blocking software, and steep prices.  Advertising that folks actually like and spread on their own is pretty special, then, and so Barry Schwartz recently discussed Blendtec’s "Will It Blend?" campaign in the context of viral marketing.

Live Search Highlights Malicious Sites in Results
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About two years behind Google, Microsoft has finally decided to start marking malicious sites in the search results for Live Search. Better late than never though, I suppose.

Google Opens Advertisers Up to Walker Texas Ranger
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Google TV Ads opens up AdWords user accounts to real television advertising opportunities, and the list of channels available through this program continues to grow. So far Google already had six networks from NBC Universal including Sci Fi, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, Sleuth, and Chiller, as well as  Bloomberg Television and 96 networks through DISH Network.

LinkedIn Looks to the Community for Improvement
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LinkedIn has been making efforts to improve its users’ search experience. Recently, Senior Product Manager Esteban Kozak walked us through a number of new changes they made in this post as well as the following video.

Personalizing Ads Piece by Piece to Get More Clicks
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Display advertising is making a comeback. Ok, it never really left, but the targeting capabilities of newer services like MySpace’s MyAds, or even Google’s display ads for AdWords have made the advertising medium more appealing because they utilize the personalization and targeting strategies that made search engine advertising so attractive to advertisers since the dawn of the AdWords revolution.

Love Letters from Googlebot
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In a mildly weird fashion, Google answered some questions regarding HTTP status codes and "if-modified-since" from users who were either made up or had their names changed to protect their anonymity. Names like Little Jimmy, Temp O’Rary, Janet Crinklenose, and Frankie O’Fore (my apologies to any Janet Crinklenoses who may be out there, but I think I’m safe in my assumption that the name is fictitious).

Google Launches Gmail Desktop Gadget
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Google has launched a Gmail gadget for users running Google Desktop in Windows.

‘Tis The Season for Google Mobile Tips
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As Doug talked about the other day, Google is counting down the days until January 01, 2009. They’re doing so by providing tips for various Google products. Google Mobile has its own countdown providing a tip a day specifically for using it until the New Year as well.

Google Mobile Countdown

Online Retailers Cash In On Cyber Monday

While the economy boded poorly for brick-and-mortar stores over the holiday weekend leading up to Cyber Monday, Hitwise says business was pretty much booming for online-only retailers.

Comedy Central Gives Jokes.com A New Look
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Comedy Central announced today that it has relaunched its stand-up comedy site Jokes.com.

The site has a large stand-up video library with more than 5,000 clips, including an archive of Comedy Central’s original stand-up programming.

Have A Backup Plan If You Rely On Google’s Services

While Google may be the darling of the tech industry, it’s not immune to the worsening economic conditions–aka the recession. A share price of just $275 is all the proof you need.

Sprint Lobbyist Declares Net Neutrality Support
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The thing about being a journalist, web or otherwise, is you are essentially always on the job, and sometimes you’re on the clock when you least expect it. Rufus Edmisten, former attorney general and secretary of state for North Carolina turned Philip Morris/Sprint/Alltel lobbyist, was informed of my occupation more than once—web journalist, I told him—which didn’t seem to register on any particular level with him.

Yahoo To Let CBS Run Internet Radio Business
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Yahoo’s plate is more than full at the moment; between battling Google, losing its CEO, and facing takeover rumors, figurative food is piled to the ceiling.  It makes some sense, then, that responsibility for Yahoo Music’s Launchcast Radio is getting largely handed to CBS.

The Great Google Adsense Side Effect
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If the Internet consisted of real brick and mortar buildings there would be a construction boom going on right now like the world has never seen. The Internet is not in a recession or on the road to a depression, rather it is experiencing an economic and social explosion of activity.

Yahoo Suggestions for Image Search

You’re probably familiar with Yahoo Search Assist. It’s their version of Google Suggest, even though it came out first (at least as a default feature on the search engine). It suggests search terms as you type in your query. In case you are too lazy to continue typing, you can click on one of the suggestions provided and get to your results.

Time Spent With Online Content Reaches Record High
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The Online Publishers Association (OPA) announced toady that time spent with online content reached a 2008 high in October, according to its Internet Activity Index (IAI).

While time spent with content jumped in October, share of time spent with ecommerce hit an all time low. The OPA launched the index over four years ago, it measures the amount of time consumers spend online each month with ecommerce, communication, community, content, and search.

New Top-Level Domain Introduced
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People have long relied on phonebooks to find phone numbers and addresses, but the paper versions get put out just once per year.  Sites’ "About Us" pages can be updated anytime, but require that users do some clicking around.  So a new top-level domain extension spelled ".tel" is opening with an aim to solve all sorts of contact-related problems like these.

Google Docs Offers New Holiday Templates
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Google Docs has received a lot of attention lately, most of which was focused on its miniscule market share.  Google would like to address that issue, and as the holiday season approaches, it’s doing so by unveiling some new templates.

Bad Economy Correlates With Need For Good Deals
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The rule of thumb is correlation does not equal causation. If ice cream sales increase simultaneously with the crime rate, obviously one is not causing the other. As the newly admitted recession continues, fingers are wagging toward one cause or another, democrats blaming republicans and vice versa.

Online Retailers Had Solid Cyber Monday
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With the economy in an official recession and the continuing talk of doom and gloom, comScore has released some positive numbers about online holiday spending so far this year.

Online Retailers Had Solid Cyber Monday

Donate For The Holiday Season By Using GoodShop.com
With the economy slipping, charities across the nation are bracing themselves for declining contributions this holiday season.

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