For the Future of Search, Microsoft Takes a 10-Year Backward Step

What’s wrong with this statement, made by the Microsoft team building BrowseRank–it’s answer to Google’s PageRank?

“The more visits of the page made by the users and the longer time periods spent by the users on the page, the more likely the page is important. We can leverage hundreds of millions of users’ implicit voting on page importance”

“More visits?” – sure, spammers will have no idea how to inflate that metric. ;-)

“Longer time periods?” – couldn’t that also mean that your web site usability and navigation just sucks?

This has been tried before, but does anyone see Direct Hit topping the search market share charts?

Come on Microsoft, is this the best you can do?

Linky Goodness, July 25

It’s a Friday, so I know how to get your morning off on the right foot: linky goodness!

Linky Goodness, July 24

A Googly-Facebooky linky goodness today—yum!

Microsoft Live Search to Integrate with Facebook

Facebook and Microsoft have been linked in the news before—especially after a deal last October where Microsoft purchased a 1.6% stake in Facebook for $240M. This year we’ve seen multiple reports this year that Microsoft might buy the social networking sweetheart.

Microsoft has had a limited search and advertising deal with the social network for almost two years and their deal last fall included contextual ads. But a new deal launching this fall would be a bit different—it would include integrating Microsoft Live search as the site’s search engine, and would include results from the web (including Microsoft’s paid listings) at large.

News of the deal comes from a transcript of a call as part of Analyst Day. Head of the search unit, Satya Nadella, ended his remarks in the call (mistranscriptions corrected):

Pilgrim’s Picks for July 24

Darn it! I had a really good opening for today’s Picks, but I think I left it sitting at the coffee shop.

I’ll be right back…er…enjoy today’s Picks while I’m gone.

Business, Dissidents and China…Oh My!

As I have pointed out in a previous post China is working hard to keep a shine on the veneer that it wants the world to see as the Olympic Games begin on August 8th.

What they want you to see:

  1. An ancient culture that has made a smooth transition to a modern economic powerhouse
  2. A new freedom for the Chinese despite their political infrastructure being the same
  3. The country’s ability to go before the world and put on a spectacular show that the West would be proud of

What is actually happening?

  1. China has clamped down further on issuing business visas, government officials said Thursday, in the latest expansion of already-tight entry restrictions for next month’s Olympic Games. This is covered well in an article at Yahoo! News

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s Google Gauntlet Missing One Key Element

As a follow-on to Microsoft’s reorganization, BoomTown has published CEO Steve Ballmer’s internal memo to employees.

It does a pretty good job of rallying the troops, but I was most interested in Ballmer’s comments about Google. I’ve added emphasis to the key words used: