Vertical Search & Tagging with BlueOrganizer

Mark Cuban would hate this post, but TechCrunch does such a great job of explaining how BlueOrganizer can help take your web tagging to a new level, that I’m just going to point you to them.

Boldly Searching Where No Man Has Searched Before

A joint study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Exploratorium reveals 87% of Americans online have used the internet to find information on a scientific topic or concept, reports ClickZ.

Search is the most-used aggregation method for finding science-related information. Pew Internet asked about research in three topics: stem cell research, global warming, and the origin of life. With all three groups combined, about 90 percent of respondents said they route their queries through search engines. Individually, searches beginning at search engines amounted to 87 percent of stem cell research queries; 93 percent of global warming queries; and 91 percent of origin of life queries.

The study also touches on a concept that has become more and more pervasive.

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Show-off Your Technorati Link Count

Darren Rowse reports Technorati has launched a Link Count Widget which allows bloggers to display the number of inbound links for any given blog post.

Here’s how Technorati describes the widget…

Technorati tracks when other bloggers link to your blog and this widget makes it possible for you to display the number of links on every blog post. We call them “reactions” to encourage readers to follow the conversation.

So if you’ve got ‘em (links that is), flaunt ‘em!

Yahoo, Google Gain Market Share; Microsoft, Not So Much

comScore has released search engine market share data for October, and both Google and Yahoo gained market share – up 0.3% and 0.1% respectively.

Unfortunately for Microsoft and AOL, they were the ones who coughed-up some points, dropping 0.2% each. Meanwhile, Ask.com hit a wall, remaining steady with a 5.8% share.

So here’s how it looks:

Google 45.4%

Yahoo 28.2%

Microsoft 11.7%

Ask 5.8%

AOL 5.4%

Americans performed 6.8 billion searches in October, up 3% from September and 33% from a year ago.

Google Page Creator Gets New Features

Google’s Justin Rosenstein just announced some nifty new upgrades to Google Page Creator – the “so easy, even a caveman can do it” web design tool.

Here’s what users are getting…

Image editing (see image):  Now you can make a picture look just right in the context of your web page. Once you add a picture, crop, rotate, lighten, darken, and add crazy special effects to it right from within your browser.

Multiple sites: When you first sign in to Google Page Creator, we automatically give you a site with the same name as your Gmail address, so you don’t have to worry about choosing a name when you’re just trying to get started. But because not every site is a personal site, starting today, you can create up to five sites with different URLs.

Are You an A-list Blogger?

If you’ve ever wondered whether your blog is on the “A-list” or “D-list”, Kineda has put together a delightful piece of linkbait that tells you exactly that.

Using the number of links in the last 6-months at Technorati, the tool calculates whether you’re the shizzle or not.

Of course, it could be rigged to show everyone as an “A-lister” just to get bloggers linking (like me). Anyway, I make the A-list..

A-List Blogger

Does this mean I can start telling the whole world how they should blog? ;-)

Via Nathan.

Short Video Ads Less Annoying

A couple of weeks ago, we reported how 80% of video viewers find video ads to be annoying. PodZinger, a video ad network, obviously has a lot to lose based on that report, so they commissioned their own.

According to ClickZ, PodZinger’s research revealed viewers will tolerate 10- to 15-second ads, as long as they are not bombarded with ads and the content is targeted.

Of course, that’s like Philip Morris telling us their study reveals most young smokers enjoy cigarettes. PodZinger has skin in the game, so I’ll sit on the fence until an independant study reveals the same findings.