Monday, January 31, 2005

Ask Plans Mobile Search In 2005

From searchenginewatch.vom:

I said several times in '04 that mobile search and access to info would continue to grow in both usage and the number of mobile services available.

An IDG News story: Ask Jeeves Developing Wireless Search Service, reports that the butler will have a mobile search tool available sometime in 2005. I think mobile access to Ask's Smart Search technology (ANSWERS not only links) will be a plus for the mobile searcher since research time and other issues are major considerations when searching via a mobile device.

In developing its wireless search services, Ask Jeeves will focus on providing very specific information to queries and not try to replicate the conventional Web searching experience, given the nature of wireless communications and devices, he [Daniel Read, Ask Jeeves' vice president of product management] said.

The second half of 2004 was a busy time for mobile search. We saw new releases from Yahoo (who already had a very robust platform), Google,, and others. Btw, RSS and other syndication formats also work very well on mobile devices. Bloglines already offers a special interface for mobile web users.

A New Service from Yahoo! Local


Yahoo Local users can now easily and quickly send phone numbers and addresses from the Yahoo! Local database to their cell phones or mobile devices as text (SMS) messages. The service is free but your phone provider may charge for text messages.

Each Yahoo! Local entry now
contains a link labeled, "Send to Phone." Click the link and enter a phone number (U.S. only). Then, click "send." In a matter of seconds the name, address, and phone number of the Yahoo Local entry you've selected will be accessible on your phone or mobile device. Some phones even hyperlink phone numbers so don't even after enter the number.

Cool Resources for Behavioral Advertisement

Behavioral Targeting 101: From iMediaConnection, this dives into the second part of a series looking at some major players and ramp-ups last year in the space.

Behavioral Targeting Beyond the Network: From ClickZ, on tracking and delivering ads based on surfing behavior across a series of web sites.

Beyond Search: From ClickZ, a short recap of major behavioral and contextual players.

Behavioral Marketing 101: Defining the Terminology: Short and to the point, on the differences between contextual and behavioral ads.

Amazon's A9 Launches Visual Yellow Pages


A9's new nationwide yellow pages directory comes with a twist—thumbnail images of business storefronts that let you take a virtual walk through the streets of 10 major U.S. cities.


Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Video Search

Here is a complete coverage of the video search space:

Here are two players provideing video search for the blogsphere:

+ Blogdigger Media Search
+ FeedsterTV

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

AOL pre-populating with straight answers

AOL is coming up with a very interesting strategy for "search". They are trying to do what we did for some enterprise customers:

From John Battelle:

AOL is taking "programmed search" to the extreme. It is, after all, a major division of a gigantic content player, and up until now, that content was locked away behind the failing access business model. No longer. AOL Search is taking the media model of search to the maximum - they have 60 full time employees creating edited "snapshots" which respond to what AOL Search chief Gerry Campbell says are 20% of all queries. That's 2.5 million snapshots preloaded, so when you type in a popular query, you get an "answer, not just a list of results." I imagine that number will only continue to grow. Yahoo circa 1995, anyone? This time, however, AOL only has to pre-load queries which prove out to be worth the time - the log files will tell them which ones. As will the economy. "We won't have a smart box for a query like 'birds of the Maldives'" Campbell told me. " But that's why we have Google."

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Google's user experience

Here is a nice article about Google's user experience. It was extracted from a talked given by Marissa Mayer at PARC on 01/11/2005. It has good pinters on how new features get implemented at Google.

Friday, January 14, 2005


I just heard about this company from John Battelle. Here are the key features:
  • Instantly find previously viewed web pagesWe’ll index the pages you visit so you can instantly find information you are looking for from anywhere.
  • Never re-search. We’ll keep track of your searchesYour previous searches are stored so you can search again with the single click.
  • Make your Bookmarks portable with WebMarks. Import existing Bookmarks. Create new WebMarks with a click and access them from anywhere.
  • Access your personal web space from any computer.We have gone to great lengths to make Filangy securely accessible from any computer. Learn more about our features.

I'll review the toolbar and search features as soon as they send me the invite.

Google Released Appliance for Small Business

Google just released an appliance for Small Business. It indexes up to 50,000 pages and comes with 1 yeear service agreement. It costs $4,995.00.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Search Mandatory On All U.S. Government Web Sites by End of '05


According to a just released memo (PDF) from the U.S. government's Office of Management and Budget, all publicly accessible federal government web sites and main entry points must have search capabilities by the end of 2005.

In some circumstances, mostly for small Web sites, agency officials may still rely on site maps or subject indexes, the memo states...some Internet experts also warn that building a better search engine is no panacea. "Search is, in many ways, second choice for most users," said Larry Freed, chief executive officer of ForeSee Results, which sponsored portions of the ACSI poll. "Most users would rather navigate the system."

More info in this Federal Computer Week article. You can read the full text of the OMB memo here (PDF). Section 5 deals with search.