Google Social Search Improves, Still Has Major Hole

Interestingly enough, just after I wrote about how Greplin had some social search benefits that Google is lacking, Google announced that it has updated its own social search. Google social search results will now appear mixed throughout the organic results, as opposed to just at the bottom, as they have done in the past. 

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 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. 

Google to Improve Social Search with fflick Acquisition?

Update: Apparently the acquisition is more about YouTube. Interesting. Google’s official announcement here.

A Look at Social Signals in Search

Late last year both Google and Bing announced they are both using social signals as part of the ranking algorithm. Those of us who have been in the game a while have long suspected this, but it’s nice to see it come from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. So, as a search marketer, what signals might they be looking at and what are some ways we can leverage to our advantage?

Can Bing Take on Google With These New Features?

Bing introduced a handful of new features. The one that will likely catch the most interest is the extension of its recent announcement regarding Facebook. Now, Bing will start showing you which of your Facebook friends have liked search results as they appear in your searches. 

Blekko Adds Facebook “Likes” to Search Results

Bing announced yesterday that it is integrating more Facebook "likes" into search results, but Blekko, the new kid on the block, is now also providing such data, courtesy of Facebook Connect. 

"Now log onto Blekko through Facebook Connect and you’ll be able to see whether or not your friends have ‘Liked’ a particular search result," a Blekko representative tells WebProNews. 

Google Turns Your Friends Into Sitelinks for Some Queries

Google has added social sitelinks to some search results. This means that for some social-related queries, you may see results for your own personal social connections as sitelinks underneath the main result. 

Bing Activates Facebook Features, Makes Some Changes

Bing announced today that it is completing its deployment of the new Facebook features announced last month. They should be available to all U.S. users. 

Greplin is Real Personalized Search

There’s a new kind of personalized, social search available that may trump any effort we’ve seen from Google to date in this corner of search.

Greplin is a new site that searches through "all your online data in one place, really fast" – or at least your the online data you have in the services that it supports, which is likely far from all of your online data. Still, the concept behind the site is pretty noteworthy, and it will likely add more services as time goes on.