Not All Google Domain Names Lead to New Services

It appears Garett Rogers has gotten a little too excited about some recent domain name activity at Google. Rogers has learned of a number of domain names that were transferred to the search engine’s ownership, including:

GOOGLE-EXPRESS.COM
GET-ME-ON-GOOGLE.COM
GETMEON-GOOGLE.COM
GETONGOOGLE.NET
GETON-GOOGLE.COM
GET-ON-GOOGLE.COM
GETUSONGOOGLE.COM
GETUONGOOGLE.COM
UONGOOGLE.COM
YOUONGOOGLE.COM

Here’s what he has to say about the activity…

Now here comes the speculation.  Given this group of new domains, Google may be getting ready to provide a pay service for webmasters that will help in the quest to “get on Google”.  If this is indeed what is happening, the service would probably guarantee faster crawl/indexing speeds.

I love speculation as much as anyone, but I doubt Google would launch any new service with a hyphenated domain or a “.net”. My guess they acquired the domain names as part of an effort to police their trademark. Although, if they do launch the “Google Express”, I’ll take two roundtrip tickets to Miami please. ;-)

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Yahoo SearchLight Awards Next Week

Yahoo asked us nicely – so we’re obliging – if we’d let all search marketers know about the upcoming Searchlight Award Show.

The 2007 Yahoo! Searchlight Award Show celebrates the best and brightest in search advertising. A panel of industry experts will evaluate four agency campaigns and the audience will vote for the winner. This is an exclusive event for marketers and advertising agencies, featuring a keynote address by Laura Desmond, CEO Starcom MediaVest Group, on industry issues and the opportunities facing today’s marketers. The event will be an enjoyable and entertaining celebration of creativity in marketing.

The event is Feb 22 at the Time-Life Building in New York. You can register here.

Note: No tchotckes or logoed apparel were exchanged as part of this announcement. We did it ‘cos they asked politely. ;-)

Yahoo Leaks Continue; Why Doesn’t this Happen to Google?

OK, so TechCrunch has acquired a copy of an email sent out to all Yahoo employees, by CFO Susan Decker. It’s a long-winded memo highlighting restructuring and promotions (congrats to Tim Cadogan).

I’m not going to re-hash the entire email, but I do want to ask this (not so) rhetorical question:

“What does the leaking of internal emails say about the morale and unity at Yahoo?”

It’s interesting that while getting this kind of stuff from Google is like getting blood out of a stone – Google employees are very loyal to the vision – Yahoo employees are leaking this stuff out to the public.

If Yahoo is going to make a legitimate attempt to gain ground on Google, it needs to look within the core. It’s going be tough to fight the battle, if you don’t have the loyalty and support of the troops.

Omniture Acquires Touch Clarity

ClickZ is reporting web analytics firm, Omniture, has acquired Touch Clarity, a site-side behavioral targeting and analysis firm.

Utah-based Omniture said the deal should be completed before the end of the first quarter. In addition to spending up to $51.5 million to acquire the privately held, London-based Touch Clarity, Omniture will spend about $8.5 million for assumed vested stock options, the company said.

The acquisition will give Omniture the ability to analyze user behavior, alongside their existing analytics, and bring 50 employees and clients such as AOL and British Telecom to the mix.

Digg Threatened by New Yahoo Site?

So, Yahoo launches a new Suggestion Board format for visitors to browse suggestions submitted by users of properties such as Yahoo Autos, and it looks very similar to Digg.

Digg users get their underpants in a wad, and start screaming that the site is a blatant rip-off of Digg.

Diggers even go as far as spamming the new Yahoo Suggestion Board. (allegedly)

Meanwhile, blogger Andy Beal, suggests that Diggers accept that, unless Digg holds a patent for the “voting system”, it’s going to find more and more sites copying its format. When you get something right, others are going to copy you, it’s annoying but it’s life.

Instead of whining – appearing that you’re threatened by Yahoo’s foray into social voting – go back and think of ways to continue to innovate.