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Industry Watch Aug, 09

4 Aug

1. Wall Street Journal gunning for LinkedIn: Go here http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/30/wall-street-journal-creating-new-linkedin-killer-called-wsj-connect/

2. Twitter offers crash course for businesses: http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/23920.asp

3. Burger King’s Apology for Hindu Goddess Ad is not the first of its kind: http://industry.bnet.com/advertising/10002906/burger-kings-apology-for-hindu-goddess-ad-is-not-the-first-of-its-kind/

4. Twitter now BLOCKING bad URL’s: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9136218/Update_Twitter_now_blocking_bad_URLs_but_imperfectly?source=rss_news

5. Google’s Schmidt resigns from Apple board: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9136185/Google_s_Schmidt_resigns_from_Apple_s_board


Google-Adobe Agreement for Flash files

18 Oct

Shockwave Flash files can be read and indexed now. The agreement between Google and Adobe in this regard is a noble effort to make the invisible flash file visible for the search engines. Using the “optimized Adobe Flash Player technology”, the search engines can now index rich internet applications of SWF file format. There is no need to change the otherwise attractive Flash content in order to make it suitable for the crawlers to read. There are more than 73 million Flash files on the web which will now be visible with the help of this new technology.

According to Google, the optimized Adobe Flash Player technology has the potential to cover all kinds of SWF files including buttons, menus for self-contained Flash websites. Some of the observers have speculated the linage of the new technology in Silverlight. Silverlight was created by Microsoft to have an edge over Flash.

Although Adobe has prepared this effective solution for Google and Yahoo, in order to make SWF content easily searchable the span of search services, the company is planning to share its Flash indexing technology with other search vendors too. By having solutions for other search engines, Adobe would be able to affirm its foothold in web search market as well.

Who is after Google’s crown?

17 Sep

Google has risen to such a dominant position that other search players are often overlooked. According to comScore, Google had a 75% share of the UK search market in June 2008, handling 2916m searches. EBay was its nearest rival with a 5.5% share. Next came Yahoo!, Microsoft, Ask.com, AOL and Facebook, none of which had a share bigger than 4.3%.

Hitwise’s UK research for the same month focused on the leading search engines. It gave Google a crushing market share of 87%. Yahoo! and Microsoft took 4% each, and Ask trailed with 3%.

Overturning Google’s hegemony is a daunting task. Gavin Ailes, deputy managing director at The Search Works, says: ‘Microsoft, with all its marketing expertise, may pose the greatest threat. Cuil is also one to watch.’

Judith Lewis, search director at i-level Search, also has her eye on the start-up. ‘Cuil is probably the most notable contender for Google’s crown, though a merger between Yahoo! and Microsoft may help create a serious new rival,’ she says. ‘The internet is full of people trying to make a quick buck, so any aspiring rival’s anti-spam filters, as well as the quality and relevance of its results, will need to be perfect.’

Cuil claims to search three times as many webpages as Google, and 10 times as many as Microsoft.

Many argue that social networking sites have meant that Google is used less for ‘people search’ – looking for information on an individual – because that information is more likely to be found on a social networking site. For pure informational search, however, social networking sites are unlikely to make much of a dent in Google’s dominance.

Price-comparison sites continue to perform well, especially in the current economic climate. Google Product Search and Google Merchant Search do not currently trouble established players such as Kelkoo and Moneysupermarket.com.

‘Google’s advantage is that it is one step up the search stream,’ says Adam Russell, LBi UK Media Account Manager. ‘It has no outgoing cost of acquisition, because Google does not pay for its clicks, whereas Moneysupermarket.com, for example, ends up paying Google. Moreover, Google has collected so much information about its users that it has become very accurate in second-guessing their needs and taking them straight to it, or at least streamlining their journey.’