Digg Scoops Up Images, Tweaks Categories

Digg Scoops Up Images, Tweaks Categories

By WebProNews Staff December 4, 2007

It took a while but Digg finally has an images category available for contributions and sharing with other Diggers.

New Google Image Search Categories

Last week a Google engineer told us “The next big thing for image search would be the ability to search based on visual concepts, such as a picture of a house on a mountain with a river in front of it.” And now, Google Images allows you to restrict your search to a specific category – albeit in an “unofficial” mode only – and one of these categories may well be powered by actual image recognition (as opposed to textual keyword analysis). Right now, the available modes are (at least) the following:

Google Categories (Changes to Competitive SEO)

Lee Odden blogged about Google Categories yesterday. I wasn’t able to duplicate the categories look, but it did get me thinking about the ramifications to online competition if categories in search become commonplace. As well as how categories might influence our SEO strategies as business owners.

The Google Categories Feature

Google is always testing tweaks to their search results but today I noticed a very interesting feature that I think is called Google Categories. Below is a screen grab of SERPs for “dvd players”. “motorola cell phones” also triggered these results but things like “lawn care” and “art museums” did not. It’s obviously product focused.

Web 2.0: Broad Risk Categories

There are two main broad categories of risk with Web 2.0, social engineering and flaws in developer’s code. For people who are working web 2.0, having a risk table and mitigation standards for these two broad categories will help define policy and guidance when something bad happens.

Blogspot and SEO

Well it never just rains. It has to pour. I made an offer of some free SEO reviews a while back and a nasty confluence of happenings has upset my apple cart.

But I’m going to try and get some advice out to a few more people now. And this is going to be the toughest task I’ve had in a while. You see it never dawned on me that so many folk would be on hosted blogs. Let’s just say that optimising Blogspot is not a straight forward task.

Subscribing to Categories in WordPress

One nice feature in Wordpress is the ability to have a feed for each category.

Kosmix Searches Yield Oddities

Kosmix.com is a self-proclaimed “world class search engine that lets people search less, and discover more great stuff.” It attempts to return search results sorted into categories that the user can then inspect or ignore. But based on the results several test queries generated, Kosmix still has a few kinks to work out.

Yahoo Talks Up Reporting Categories

Members of the Yahoo Publisher Network can use the Reporting Categories feature to track the effectiveness of ad placements and landing pages for their sites.

ScriptLogic Wins Awards in Seven Categories of Windows IT Pro Readers’ Choice Awards

ScriptLogic Corporation Dominates Management Category; Wins in Seven Categories in the Third Annual Awards.

What Causes Customers to Buy on Impulse

The Common Wisdom Says It’s Price. We define an impulse purchase as a spontaneous purchase – an item that a shopper hadn’t planned to buy when they began their shopping task. Both The Yankee Group and Ernst & Young conducted surveys where they asked people why they would make impulse purchases on the web. According to The Yankee Group (November, 2000), 75% of survey respondents indicated that a “special sale price” would motivate them to make a spontaneous purchase. The second most influential factor was free shipping (49% of respondents). Ernst & Young (January, 2000) reported that 88% of impulse purchases were because shoppers found products that were offered at good price [or] on sale. According to these surveys the common wisdom is clear: impulse buys are price-related and not due to any specific design or architecture of the web site.

Strategies for Categorizing Categories

How does a site containing thousands of pages of content get users to the content they seek quickly? There are many different strategies for organizing content on sites and we recently took a hard look at five of them.

Will Pair Programming Really Improve Your Project?

This article is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of the book Extreme Programming Refactored: The Case Against XP [1], by Matt Stephens and Doug Rosenberg. The book provides an entertaining look at some of the flaws behind Extreme Programming (XP), whilst suggesting some alternative strategies and practical techniques to achieve XP’s agile goals in a more rigorous way.