David Sifry updates his “State of the Blogosphere” with new numbers on the growth of blogging.
The blogosphere is over 60 times bigger than it was only 3 years ago and there are 50,000 new posts each hour.
Via Mark Evans.
ClickZ breaks-down new data from Hitwise that suggest, on average, only 85% of brand-name search quearies result in the search landing on the official web site.
I don’t think that’s too much of a shock myself. As the study suggests, among the 15% that stray, a good number click on affiliate links (still the brand). The remainder were probably using the brand-name search as a generic replacement for their search query. For example, someone searching for “Dell” may actually be interested in “Compaq” and “Lenovo” as well, they simply chose “Dell” as the launch point for their “computer” search.
I’m outta here for the Easter holiday. Unless something major happens, I’ll see you all on Monday.
eWeek’s reporting that Google has been granted a patent for technology that would allow you to conduct a search using your voice.
It doesn’t look like Google has any immediate plans to use the technology – it looks like they filed it just as protection at this stage – but eWeek suggests one use for it.
…Google could use the patented technology to improve its current cell phone search feature, which now relies on users entering text queries on their phone’s cramped telephone keypad…Google could also use the voice recognition feature to launch a competitive 411-style telephone number finder.
Real estate web site Zillow.com has announced the addition of 45-degree, low-altitude aerial photos to its home valuation and data with the integration of birdâ€™s eye images from Microsoftâ€™s Virtual Earth platform.
And you thought you only had to worry about your nosey neighbors!
Think Partnership (parent company of my old employer) has today announced a letter of intent to acquire IceRocket.com, a search engine specializing in indexing blog content.
Terms of the deal have not yet been revealed.
My hat’s off to Gerry and Scott, the deal is by far the most impressive in the company’s history.
Would you expect Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” mantra to include not attacking a major religious group?
Well the company has done a deal with Sony Pictures to promote the Da Vinci Code movie – based on the book that many claim undermines the Christian church.
It will be interesting to see if any group calls for a boycott of Google, based on this.
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