I think search is a seriously exciting place to be right now. 2012 has seen some of the most aggressive Google algorithm updates of all time; a lot of SEOs were hit hard, and as each update was released some form of mini-riot followed. But while anger towards Matt Cutts (Google’s human shield) ensued, I couldn’t help but feel that SEO was returning to the open field that it once was. SEOs dropped out in favour of other things, they decided that Google was on a mission to destroy organic rankings and that Google owed them for all of those useless links and cookie cut content they had created; a quick look at any of the comments on SEroundtable shows that SEOs are just giving up.
But for me, SEO now more than ever is about hording knowledge, it’s about grabbing as much as you can and stuffing it into your brain so that you can develop – through management or being hands on – the perfect user/search focused website. So that is what I’m bringing to you today, knowledge bursting new school SEO best practices that will make you smarter than the next guy. read more
Shortly after filing for an IPO, LinkedIn has announced its extensive company search tool which will bring professionals more information about the companies their colleagues work at and allow them to connect with other businesses.
Ovewr at Performancing a new infographic about search engines has been released by the Infographiclabs team. After the detailed Google History graphic we recently published, this new infographic takes a look a the different search engines there have been in the last 20 years. A trip down memory lane for everyone who’s been online longer than 5 years now. You can view the complete infographic at Performancing.
You probably have noticed that many blogs (including this one) use LIJIT as their search engine provider. Well now the search specialists have unveiled a new tool: Blog and Social Content Search Gadget for Blogger. read more
Twitter just rolled out their new front page, which was known to come. I’m a bit ambivalent about it, mainly because it seems to follow all of the design trends out there at the moment.
Anyway, the new front page features search from the front as well as a selection of trending topics, which is good. The reason for this is, well, I’ll let Biz Stone tell it himself:
However, demonstrating the power of Twitter as a discovery engine for what is happening right now through our Search and Trends often awakens a sense of wonder which inevitably leads to a much more compelling question, “How do I get involved?”
Not to be out done by the Fail Whale, Facebook is launching new real-time search functionality that will allow members to look for information located in the links, comments and photos and videos of registered users. read more
There are unconfirmed reports that Google will build a search engine that will allow users to better filter results – similar to the process currently used for a Google blog search.
With a growing number of people relying on Twitter (and other micro-blogging sites) for the latest news and trends, a universal search solution is desperately needed.
It is probably safe to assume that the priority of search results will be determined by Twitter prowess, including the number of tweets and retweets you have, the frequency in which you post, current events, frequently used keywords, and, of course, the number of followers you have.
We already know that Google is crawling Twitter, now we just have to sit back and wait for the other shoe to drop.
As if you needed another reason to become a more active Twithead!
The microblogging service Plurk is living a quiet life in the shadow of the all-powerful Twitter. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t being developed, in fact, Amir Salihefendic just announced the addition of realtime search to Plurk. Yes, Twitter has already got that, but Plurk takes it one step further by indexing every plurk ever sent (50 million or so), as opposed to Twitter’s past 2 months. Nice.