Thursday, September 20, 2012

Around The Net

  • The 'So' Search Engine DomainTechinasia

    That's what execs at a Chinese search engine, Qihoo 360, must have been thinking when the company paid million of dollars for the domain name. Techinasia.com reports that Qihoo CEO Zhou Hongyi explained that aside from So.com being a short and easy URL to remember, "'S' stands for 'safe' and 'O' stands for 'open' in English." It follows Qihoo's strategy, which began as an anti-virus business focused mainly on selling and promoting security. ...Read the whole story

  • Retailers Like OfficeMax Starting To Upgrade On-Site SearchMarketWatch

    Walmart.com recently anounced a new site-search engine. Now OfficeMax said its new search engine on OfficeMax.com should increase accuracy for product search and recommendations. In the first month the company has experienced an increase in conversion rate and customer satisfaction around site navigation, and more than a 60% increase in average revenue per visit. ...Read the whole story

  • SEOmoz Metric Tools Roll OutSEOmoz

    SEOmoz has been been exploring ways to look at ranking data during the past few months, and has reported on metrics like domain diversity and EMD influence. Now the company is rolling out five of the top-view metrics on MozCast, updated daily. The metrics include domain diversity, SERP count, EMD influence, and more. ...Read the whole story

  • Facebook Tests 'Photo Sync' on AndroidThe Verge

    Elsewhere in Facebook Land, the company has teamed up with Google to test a feature for Android owners, which syncs photos they take from their phones directly to their Facebook accounts. “It's a hybrid of Google+'s instant photo-upload feature and Apple's Photostream, which uploads any picture you take to the cloud and syncs it with your other iOS devices and computers,” The Verge reports. With the Photo Sync, any time users take a picture from the their Android device, it will automatically upload, but remain private inside a "Synced from Phone" tab on a new Photos page.  ...Read the whole story

The Tricky Intersection Of Social And Search

People don't trust search ads. At least, 64% of people don't trust search ads. Apparently, search is not unique. According to the same research, nobody trusts ads of any kind. That's not really surprising, given that ...More