Google Adds ‘Show Me My Bills’ Voice Command

Google announced that the Google app now lets you tap the mic and say, “Show me my bills” or “My bills due this week” to get access to important billing information. The company said in a Google+ update: When you…

Apple Reportedly Buys Cue (Formerly Greplin)

Apple has reportedly purchased Cue, the company formerly known as Greplin, in a bid to compete with Google Now on personalized search. TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis says she’s confirmed with “a person who should know” that the acquisition occurred, and that…

Will Google’s Expanding Personalization Help Or Hurt Businesses?

Google has been getting more personalized little by little for years now, but it’s happening much more rapidly these days, and not only is it getting more personalized, it’s getting more conversational, in the sense that it’s just telling you…

Google Stops Labeling Personalized Search Results

It appears that at some point, Google stopped labeling personalized search results based on its “Search Plus Your World” feature. Are you still seeing personal results labeled as such? Have you noticed the disappearance? Let us know in the comments.…

Greplin Turns Into Cue, Adds Functionality

Personalized search service Greplin announced that it has changed its name to Cue, made some adjustments to its functionality, and is now resides at CueUp.com. Greplin let you search through many social networks, Gmail, and various other points of personal…

Google: Personalized Search Results Are Lifting Clickthrough Rates

Google launched Search Plus Your World earlier this year. Most Google users probably just know it as Google filling their results with a lot more results based on social connections. A lot of users complained about it, but Google appears…

Wajam Makes Personalized Results Less Obtrusive On Google

Some people like personalized search results based on their social connections. Some don’t. Google thrust Search Plus Your World upon users earlier this year, to mixed reviews. While it has an on/off toggle, it has littered search results with more…

Google+ Sucks Despite All the Free Hippie Love

In the past, I’ve not been shy about hiding my dislike for some of Google’s practices. In fact, I’ve called them everything from an arrogant bully to an incestuous circle jerk, trapped in a filter bubble world . But recently…

Google Shows Twitter Results In “Search Plus Your World” Fashion

Update: A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews: “Like you wrote up in your article, it’s not new. Search plus Your World builds upon existing search features such as Social Search, personalized search, and authorship. You will continue to see existing Social…

“Search Plus Your World” Indexing Content Faster?

You know those new personalized search feature Google launched last week that everybody’s talking about? It looks like there may be another advantage to using Google+ for search. Apparently Google is showing content quicker in the personalized results than it…

Foursquare Explore No Longer Mobile-Only

Foursquare announced that it is expanding the “explore” feature that has been available for mobile, to include a web version at foursquare.com/explore. Essentially it’s a way to utilize Foursquare’s huge number of check-ins and personalization based on your own check-ins,…

Google Vs. Twitter: Is “Search Plus Your World” Bad For The Internet?

This week, Google launched Search Plus Your World (SPYW), a set of features to personalize search results for users, which also happen to give Google+ content a lot more play in search results. The whole thing has sparked a great…

Twitter: Google Should Be Ranking Us Better For @username

Twitter made it clear that it was not thrilled with Google’s new “Search Plus Your World” set of personalization features very shortly after it was announced. Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray tweeted: @amacAlex MacgillivrayBad day for the Internet. http://t.co/Az4rdNVQ Having…

Google’s Matt Cutts: “Search, Plus Your World” Returns More Than Just Google Content

On Tuesday, Google announced the launch of “Search, Plus Your World,” which is a set of new personalized search features. For a longer explanation, you can read here, but basically, it involves Google suggesting Google+ content and profiles based on…

Google “Search, Plus Your World”: Twitter Not Happy [Updated]

Update: Google has responded to Twitter’s comments via Google+: “We are a bit surprised by Twitter’s comments about Search plus Your World, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer (http://goo.gl/chKwi), and since then we have…

Google “Search, Plus Your World” Makes Google More Personal Than Ever

Google just announced some new elements it is bringing to Google Search: personal results, profiles in search, and people and pages. They’re billing the changes collectively as “Search, Plus Your World”. Should Google be getting more personalized? Let us know…

Greplin Open to Everyone – Search Across Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn, etc.

Earlier this week, Greplin announced it had raised a new $4 million from Sequoia Capital, and revealed that it might open up to the public this week. Now it has. Until now, it has been in closed beta, and now everyone can see what it’s all about. 

Greplin Reportedly About to Open Up to the Public

We’ve written about Greplin a couple of times – once after the service launched, and again last week, when the company sent users an email with some new updates. If you’re unfamiliar with the service, the best way to describe it is truly personalized search. 

Bing Adds Personalized Search Features Based on History and Location

Bing has started testing new personalized search features, aimed at making individual search results more effective. "Personalized search is not new, but Bing is taking a different approach, focused on the type of search a person is doing and understanding more about what that person is likely searching for," a spokesperson for Bing tells WebProNews. "As no two people have the exact same search behavior, Bing has taken the extra step to automatically tailor search results."

Greplin Shows Promise In Areas of Search Where Google is Failing

I recently wrote a lengthy post about how content is flooding the web, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for any one search engine (including Google) to keep up and deliver the best possible results at all times. Google does a great job for a lot of queries, but the company knows it needs to get better. That’s why they’re putting a new focus on content farms.