Watch Your Search Engine Language

Jordan Glogau takes a look at the semantics of search and wonders who came up with all of these misnomers.

Take the term sponsored, what links aren’t sponsored? Did a link happen by magic? Did a web site get teleported from Neptune and appear in a web server?…Even Search Engine Optimizer is an overstated phrase. You aren’t optimizing the search engine, you’re optimizing a web site in order to rank better on a search engine.

Any others that drive you crazy?

Washington Post Blogger Quits Amid Allegations of Plagiarism

The Washinton Post reports that one of its blogger recently resigned amid allegations that he previously plagiarized content.

Jim Brady, executive editor of Washingtonpost.com, which operates independently from the newspaper, said he would have dismissed Domenech if the former Bush administration aide and Republican Senate staffer had not offered to quit first. He said there was “enough smoke” in the allegations of plagiarism “that we needed to sever the relationship.”

Not good in light of all the current efforts to ensure bloggers give credit to story sources.

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Sprint and InfoSpace Join Forces

According to Reuters, Sprint has joined forces with InfoSpace to offer a $2.99 a month service that combines positioning awareness technology with local search. The new service is called “Find It”.

At last, no more having to enter an address or zip code before finding the best pizza in town.

Google Dominates UK Search

WebSideStory data suggests Google powers three quarters of all search referrals in the UK.

The search giant referred an average of 74.67 per cent of all UK visitors to other sites on the web in February, compared to just 9.3 per cent for its nearest competitor, Yahoo, according to the WebSideStory Index.

Google Testing New Interface?

Could this new Google interface see the light of day?

Ask TV Commercials Hit the Spot

I didn’t much care for the TV commercials Ask ran last year – remember the “don’t ask William Hong, Ask Jeeves”, yuk – but the new commercials are brilliant.

You can now view them over at the Ask blog.

Just one question. Guys, can you put me out of my misery? The voiceover for the commercials, is it the guy who plays Jim on “The Office”? Sure sounds like him.

Classified Search Engines Not Always Welcomed

ClickZ looks at how newly launched classified aggregator, Vast.com, is annoying a few classified providers by somehow bypassing password protected areas and draining servers.

One company goes as far as accusing Vast of stealing…

“This is called stealing content…there’s no advantage to me to have them steal,” commented Laurel Touby, founder and CEO of media industry site mediabistro.com

Ouch!

Certainly Vast is not alone in convincing classified sites that they’re helping them bring new visitors, but if the classified search engines are to see a bright future, they’ll need to secure strong partnerships with their partner sites.