Thailand Blocks YouTube

Yep, they’re at it again: user posts something offensive to country on YouTube, country blocks YouTube. First it was Brazil protecting beloved soccer star Ronaldo, then Turkey in a conniption over insults aimed at its founders. Now Thailand is upset because a video insulted their king. As Search Engine Land quoted Mail & Guardian:

The most offensive to Thai Buddhists was the juxtaposition of a pair of woman’s feet, the lowest part of the body, above his head, the highest part of the body.

Uh. . . okay. I’m not sure how to deal with this, but according to the Thai Communications Minister, Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom, YouTube is:

Sitthichai said YouTube had told Thai officials it did not find the clip offensive, so it turned down the request to remove it.

SES NYC Party Guide

Ok, sure, you could drop a couple of big ones and attend the SES conference next week, but you’d be missing the really cool stuff. Yup, the best information is shared by those who go by secret forum handles and tend to congregate in the bar, rather than go to the various sessions.

However, if you’ve decided to go to the actual sessions during the day, there is still hope for you. Joe Morin has put together a complete list of after-conference parties going on during SES. Make sure head to a couple of them.

I’d normally offer to meet you there, but I’m skipping NYC this year – shock, horror! That said, if someone wants to drop me a note about one of the super-double-secret parties going on, I might be persuaded to make the trip. :-)

Are You Socially Mobile?

I was really excited to read another article from eMarketer Daily (Andy already covered today’s Australia article) on social networks going mobile.

Mostly, though, it was about social networks. But it there was a little new information:

According to a survey of over 1,400 social network members conducted by Compete, social networkers use an average of three sites, and many would visit even more.

In fact, 45% of those surveyed said they would be willing to join four or more social networking sites, with 7% saying they’d be willing to join 10 or more (job seekers?).

Interestingly, because both mobile phones and online social networks keep today’s consumers connected, they seem to be converging.

SEO By Consensus

If you’re new to search engine optimization, and not really had time to build up experience with what works and what doesn’t, you’d be smart to head over to SEOmoz’s new Search Engine Rankings Factors study.

SEOmoz asked 37 SEO experts to vote on various factors that impact (or don’t impact) an optimization campaign. If you’re a believer in the “wisdom of crowds”, you’ll probably find a lot of value in studying the aggregate opinions of others.

StumbleUpon, ClickTale, Google TV and SEMs Taking Over the PR World

Here are some other news items worthy of your consideration today…

Google’s Multi-Variate Testing Product Opens Up to All

I’d really wanted to spend more time looking at the full launch of Google Optimizer (announced last October), but sadly have been tied-up with clients this week.

Instead, ClickZ does the heavy lifting and provides a great overview of Google’s full deployment of the multi- variate/variant/variable (who knows what the correct useage is) product that allows web site owners to test the effectiveness of various page items.

“The main problem we’re trying to solve is to get people out of the dark ages in terms of how they develop pages,” Tom Leung, Google’s product manager for Website Optimizer, told ClickZ News. “All too often, they’ll just put a page together and maybe the designer will do a few mock-ups, and they’ll point to the one they feel is going to be the best one.” Leung says the goal is to help marketers convert their Web sites into a “living laboratory” and expressed the hope it will improve the usability of the Internet overall. Sites will, theoretically, provide more of what online consumers are looking for.

Australians Increasing Online Ad Spend to 22% of Total Budget

According to eMarketer, new studies suggest that major Australian advertisers plan to allocate as much as 22% of their total marketing budgets to online advertising.

Strangely, eMarketer doesn’t actually show any charts to confirm this – so we’ll have to take their word for it – but they do demonstrate that search marketing is making a comeback, after dropping from its highest share in 2004.

Here’s a puzzling snippet for you…

Like their US counterparts, a number of marketers think that online ads provide “insufficient accountability.”

Exsqueeze me? A baking powder? (def) Can you get more accountable that internet advertising? That just doesn’t make sense and perhaps I (or eMarketer) have misunderstand the sentiment behind that statement.