Web Analytics World Blogging Contest

What can we say? We’re inspiring people. The Search Engine Marketing Scholarship Contest (part two) is well under way. Miss the deadline? No worries—Web Analytics World is running its own blogging contest that you can enter.

The topic for contest entries is “The Future of SEM.” The most-visited blog post (and I assume he means unique visitors here) will win a fabulous prize. Tell them, Rich:

  • A copy of Enquiro’s Eye Tracking Study (comparing Google vs. Yahoo vs. MSN) $298 Value
  • Autographed copies of Web Analytics Demystified and Web Site Measurement Hacks thanks to Eric Peterson.
  • A copy of Jennifer Laycock’s book: “Small Business Guide to Search Engine Marketing.”
  • A Pro MyBlogLog account donated by MyBlogLog
  • $50 Cash (via PayPal) and a post mentioning your website from yours truly at Web Analytics World

Oprah’s Video of the Googleplex

“There’s a lot of geeks here – geeks like to be with other geeks.”

Just one of the sound bites from Oprah’s feature on what it’s like to work at Google.

Hat-tip Nathan.

Webby Awards; Reader’s Choice for Search; ABCSearch Certified; and ContextWeb Exchange

Here’s Wednesday’s round-up of interesting news snippets.

Del.icio.us Offers Better Search Results than Google?

I’m not sure if Rand was hoping to start a debate on this (if he did, it’s crafty linkbait) but he’s making the claim that the search results at Del.icio.us are better than those of Google.

Here are some of the examples Rand gives…

  1. Furniture vs. at Google
  2. Luggage vs. at Google
  3. Laptops vs. at Google
  4. SEO vs. at Google
  5. Web Design vs. at Google

Ok, so Rand does admit that the results from Del.icio.us are not perfect, but does suggest that they’re good enough to take on Google.

I tend not to agree with Rand on this one (friends can disagree you know). I think Del.icio.us is great for finding resources or information pages and is also better at finding fresh content, but I don’t think it’s better than Google, when it comes to product or service related search terms.

Kevin Rose Hands Over Digg Control

If you read our coverage of the Digg revolt yesterday, you already know that users were fighting Digg’s decision to remove a story that contained a decryption code for HD-DVDs.

Well, the revolution continued and Digg users effectively took control of Digg, saturating the service with many posts that contained the same decryption number. Digg became unusable and co-founder Kevin Rose saw his mega-social bookmarking site start to crumble before his eyes. Rose was left with a tough decision – prevent potential legal action, by removing the code, or, let Digg users have their way and suffer the consequences.

Announcing Web 3.0

Just when you were starting to get tired of Web 2.0, David Siegel envisions Web 3.0. We’re not there yet, but it sounds pretty darn cool:

The best way to sum up Web 3.0 is to say that, in the future, everything will be smart. No longer will you need to go to several web sites to research flights and fares, then book your own ticket with your credit card information on a particular site. In Web 3.0, you’ll just send your software agent on a mission to watch for and book a flight that meets your criteria at the best price (and at the last possible second, giving you more flexibility than you had before).

The Diggocracy Strikes Again

Muhammad Saleem at Pronet Advertising reported this morning on a story that got banned on Digg.

The story in question refers to, and asks the readers to spread the HD-DVD Processing Key for all movies that have been released in the format so far.

Digg pretty much had to block it because, as Muhammad points out, if they have knowledge of a copyright-infringing activity, they’re prosecutable.

Diggers, unsurprisingly, were unhappy with this. And, being Diggers, they struck back. Muhammad posts again about Diggers’ response: to post and digg the same numbers on different, non-banned URLs. He concludes:

This incidence only goes to show that the social web is a great tool in the hands of the masses, but in the absence of any moderation or regulation, the masses can become a mob; and this tool in the hands of the mob can lead to nothing good.