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Facebook Graph Search Is Going to Produce a Lot of Funny, Odd, and Creepy Queries Facebook Graph Search Is Going to Produce a Lot of Funny, Odd, and Creepy Queries
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New Tumblr alert! New Tumblr alert! Like that Tumblr blog that let people post odd responses from Siri when she first debuted on iOS, or those various Tumblr blogs that show odd Google autocomplete suggestions, this new Tumblr blog that …

Bing Wants You To Let It Know What Pages “Best Represent You” (And Your Friends) Bing Wants You To Let It Know What Pages “Best Represent You” (And Your Friends)

Bing recently launched Bing Tags, promising to help you “get noticed,” and “show up better on Bing”. The feature lets Bing users tag themselves and their friends in pages around the web, and see what pages their Facebook friends have …

Here’s A “Deep Review” Of Bing Webmaster Tools Here’s A “Deep Review” Of Bing Webmaster Tools
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Bing has released a webinar video featuring a “deep review” of Bing Webmaster Tools, so if you haven’t gotten familiar with it, this is probably a good place to start. It’s an hour long, and chock-full of info. Video: Bing …

Facebook Graph Search, Your Privacy, and What You Can Do Facebook Graph Search, Your Privacy, and What You Can Do
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Facebook just launched something new. That’s all you have to say, really. That in and of itself is enough to get people riled up about their privacy, or how Facebook is screwing with it. Of course, simply being a member …

Is The Future Of Marketing In Genetics? Is The Future Of Marketing In Genetics?
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At risk of sounding like a total nutjob, I want to explore some interesting technologies that are developing that could one day have an impact on how marketers target their audiences, and how consumers are fed information by those who …

Google Launches Some Usability Improvements For Handwrite Google Launches Some Usability Improvements For Handwrite
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Google launched Google Handwrite in July. It’s a feature that lets you search Google from your smartphone or tablet, by simply writing your query with your finger, rather than having to type it out with the keyboard or use voice …

Bing Adds Five Times More Facebook Content To Your Searches Bing Adds Five Times More Facebook Content To Your Searches
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Bing has launched some additions to its sidebar today, adding more content from Facebook to the already social-heavy Bing experience launched last year. “Beginning today, each person will see an average of five times more Facebook content from their friends …

Google Custom Search Engine Gets A Redesign Google Custom Search Engine Gets A Redesign

Google has launched a new layout for Google CSE (Custom Search Engine), which displays results in an overlay, over top of any content on the page. The company says that developers will benefit from the changes because it only takes …

With Facebook Graph Search Comes Graph Search Optimization With Facebook Graph Search Comes Graph Search Optimization

Facebook unveiled its much anticipated search product on Tuesday with Graph Search. This could mean big things for businesses who have pages on Facebook. In fact, Facebook has already gone out of its way to offer business owners some tips …

izik Gets A Warm Reception On iTunes izik Gets A Warm Reception On iTunes

Last week, Blekko launched a new search app for tablets called izik (pronounced EYE-zik), and apparently it’s received a decent amount of buzz for its debut. The app debuted as the top free reference app on iTunes. The company says …

How Twitter Understands Why You’re Really Searching For ‘Honey Nut Cheerios’ (And Decides What Ads To Serve You) How Twitter Understands Why You’re Really Searching For ‘Honey Nut Cheerios’ (And Decides What Ads To Serve You)

Twitter’s Edwin Chen and Alpa Jain wrote an interesting post on the company’s engineering blog about improving Twitter search “with real-time computation”. They discuss the challenges of real-time search from an advertising perspective. I’ve written quite a few articles about …

Priceline Wins FTC Approval For Kayak Acquisition [Report] Priceline Wins FTC Approval For Kayak Acquisition [Report]

Priceline announced in November that it had signed an agreement to acquire Kayak in a deal valued at $1.8 billion ($40 per share of Kayak). Priceline would pay about $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in equity and assumed …

Google Is Letting Anonymous Users Review Businesses Google Is Letting Anonymous Users Review Businesses
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Online reviews are a hot button issue right now, particularly as one case involving Yelp reviews has attracted some media attention. You can read about that here. Basically, a woman was sued for defaming remarks, as she claimed in reviews …

Bing Tests Weird Competitor Links Under Google Search Result Bing Tests Weird Competitor Links Under Google Search Result
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Well, this is interesting. Bing ran a test, placing links to Facebook, Craigslist and eBay underneath its result for google.com when the user searched “google”. Matt McGee at Search Engine Land noticed what he thought was a bug, until he …

Has The Knowledge Graph Made Google Better At Search? Has The Knowledge Graph Made Google Better At Search?
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Sometimes Google’s Knowledge Graph is inaccurate. Google knows it’s not perfect, and provides a “feedback/more info” link at the bottom of Knowledge Graph results, which you can click to let Google know what it has wrong, if you believe there …

Facebook Dominates U.S. Desktop Searches In 2012 Facebook Dominates U.S. Desktop Searches In 2012

Experian Marketing Services released some findings about search trends in the U.S. for the year. The firm finds that Facebook was the top search term for the fourth year, accounting for 4.13% of all searches (up 33% from 2011). The …

New Path Search Lets You Explore Your History On Facebook, Instagram And Foursquare New Path Search Lets You Explore Your History On Facebook, Instagram And Foursquare
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Path has launched a new search feature for iOS and Android, and it’s already getting a lot of buzz. But then again, so did Path itself. The feature is part of the latest update to the app – 2.9. “Search …

Can Google Predict The Winner Of The Console War Before It Even Happens? Can Google Predict The Winner Of The Console War Before It Even Happens?

At some point next year, Microsoft is going to release its new game console. Soon after, Sony will release the next PlayStation. These two systems will be competing once again to control your living room. Who’s going to win? A …

Blekko Makes “Donation” Of Search Data To Common Crawl Blekko Makes “Donation” Of Search Data To Common Crawl

Alternative search engine blekko announced today that it is “donating” 22 billion pages’ metadata to Common Crawl, a non-profit foundation, which maintains an open crawl of the web for access and analysis by anyone who cares. “The holiday season is …

Google Has Decorations For Real Holidays Google Has Decorations For Real Holidays

Last week, Google’s Festivus search results easter egg was revealed. If you type in “festivus,” Google will display the famous Festivus Pole, as described in a classic episode of Seinfeld. Now, Google has decorations for actual holidays like Christmas, Kwanzaa, …

Google No Longer Allows You to Disable SafeSearch, and That Makes Google Search Worse Google No Longer Allows You to Disable SafeSearch, and That Makes Google Search Worse
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UPDATE: Google SafeSearch Changes Hit the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and More Google has just made their Image search worse in an effort to protect your virgin eyes. If you’re in the U.S. and trying to search for boobs on …