Search Engine Satire

Saturday Night Live takes a pop at the new Quearo search engine under development in Europe. Via Price

During the Weekend Update news segment. This time Amy Poehler talks about Quaero. Visible behind her is a slide with the word Quaero (in the Google font and colors) with the word’s “French Google” below it.

From the transcript:

“The French have launched their own version of Google called Quaero. You just type in the subject you are interested in, and Quearo refuses to look it up for you.”

Hilarious!

Wink’s Michael Tanne Discusses the Future of Tagging

One of the most successful concepts of 2005 was most certainly “tagging�?. Blog posts, search results, news items; if it’s on the web, you can bet that someone has tagged it as something they’d like to go back to or share. Del.icio.us, Digg and Furl are just some of the many tools available to web users, looking to keep track of their favorite content. But with so many different tagging alternatives, and so many people tagging, how do you keep track of the most relevant content and where can you go to find a consolidated database of the best tagged “stuff�?? That’s where Wink comes in to save the day!

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Google Internet Cafe?

Monday can be a little drab, so let’s start with this humorous photo from Inside Google.

Yahoo Catching Google

The Globe and Mail looks at how smart acquisitions are helping Yahoo stay competitive with Google.

“For a while, Yahoo may have lost its mojo,” Mr. Horowitz said. But the company has invested heavily in search technology, acquiring five companies in the sector during the last few years, including buying Overture Services Inc. for $1.8-billion (U.S.) in 2003. “Really, we’re just getting started,” he said.

Google’s Page and Brin Reveal Secret to New Product Development

Ok, so this post may not live up to the hype of the title, but admit it, you needed a Friday afternoon chuckle. :-)

From this week’s edition of eWeek…


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IAC’s Barry Diller To Keynote SES NYC

Guess who Danny’s got to keynote next month’s Search Engine Strategies?

MSN Launching Answer to Google Labs

According to MediaPost, MSN has launched its own research and development group.

For MSN, the adCenter Incubation Lab–adLab for short–can be seen as an answer to Google Labs, the forge for many of the search giant’s recent product launches.

AdLab will operate from two offices; one in Redmond, and one in Bejing. Each office will have 22 researchers and will work on roughly 40 projects at a time.