2005 Search Blogs Awards – Voting Open

The nominations are in and Loren has a bunch of search-related blogs for you to vote on. Surprisingly, Marketing Pilgrim was among the nominations…I’m humbled, especially as this site is only 3 months old. Maybe we’ll win “Best Newcomer” ;-)

If you nominated us (and indeed vote for us), many thanks!

News Corp. Looks for Paid Search Provider

Via AP news

Ross Levinsohn, the Internet chief at News Corp., told investors Tuesday the company was considering teaming up with a partner in sponsored search as it expands its online strategy.

Levinsohn, speaking at a media conference sponsored by the UBS investment bank, said it was still unclear whether Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate would acquire an Internet search provider or form a partnership with one. He said the company was hearing proposals from several parties, including Quigo Inc.

Who’s your guess?

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The Googleverse – a SiliconValley.com Roundtable with Battelle, Li, Mailik, Vise & More

When you get together a group of technology experts, journalists and analysts and ask them to discuss Google, you end up with some very interesting reading.

Google Launches Bus Trip Planner

CNet has details of Google’s new transit trip planner.

The Google trip planner asks people to enter their preferred itinerary, such as location of departure and arrival, as well as dates and time of travel. The site then gleans all available information on public transportation schedules to produce a trip planner.

The trip planner provides estimated walking time to catch the nearest form of transportation on the desired route, which transit line to catch and estimated traveling time. The trip planner also provides the estimated cost for using public transportation.

Sadly only available for residents of Portland, Oregon at this time.

2005 Search Engine Blogs Awards

It used to be that I’d post about any “blog award” going and beg readers to nominate us if they like us.

With a blog that’s just three months old, even my head is not big enough to think that Marketing Pilgrim deserves an award – at least not yet ;-) – but you should go to Search Engine Journal’s voting page and vote for your favorites.

Yahoo Answers Your Most Difficult Questions

Yahoo has just launched a new service called Yahoo Answers, which allows you to submit questions and have the Yahoo community answer them.

The concept of having real people answer questions is not a new one with Google Answers offering a similar service (albeit for a fee) for a couple of years now. That being said, Yahoo’s free offering aims to tap into the combined knowledge of its extensive community, to help answer those more difficult questions.

What is interesting is that search is slowly devolving before our eyes. Danny Sullivan has already lamented that “tagging” tools such as Yahoo’s My Web and Del.icio.us seem a step backward in trying to organize the world’s information. Now with Yahoo Answers, aren’t we admitting that a search engine alone will never be enough to help searchers find what they truly seek?

Windows Live Local Coming Thursday

Charlene Li has the scoop on tomorrow’s 9am PST launch of Windows Live Local.