Well they’ve gone and done it. Google, has launched their newest product, Buzz. What is Buzz? Buzz is basically the same as a feed that you would get from your friends list from Twitter or Facebook, with the added bonus of not being spammed by all of those people you invited to play Mafia Wars etc.
Buzz only tracks feeds from the people you contact within Gmail, and you can even restrict the flow of information again, to send/receive only bits of information here and there if you see fit. Buzz is currently tied into Gmail, with an idea of integrating into Wave, and Latitude as well. Want to let all your friends know which Starbucks you’re at? Just fire up your Nexus phone and Buzz about it, and they’ll know that they’re across town at the wrong shop (or you are).
It’s the newest push into the social media market for the search giant, one which has some fairly deep implications in terms of optimization. It’s just one more feather to add into the cap of your marketing plan, as it rolls out over the next few days, be sure to check your public/private settings to ensure you’re “Buzzing” all of the people you want to know what you’re up to.
In the words of Brin after being asked if Buzz is to compete with Facebook:
“We look at Buzz as part of a longer-term evolution and trying to put together the best set of features and compelling elements to make this really successful, both from a technical point of view as well as from a social point of view.”
With the trend online leaning towards social media as a communication medium for the masses, should it really be any surprise that even CEO’s are announcing their resignations with these methods? Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz, announced via Twitter, that he’d resigned his post. Not in a news release, not in a formal announcement in the papers, Twitter.
In another, unrelated story, it’s been found that the youth of this generation (12-29) are straying from the idea of blogging, citing reasons such as, it’s time consuming, people will just get disinterested, etc. Strangely however, they’re not flocking to Twitter as most may think, but using mobile messaging and browsing means; over half of 18-29 year olds using mobile technology as their main means of online activity.
No, this doesn’t mean SEO is dead, dwindling, or disappearing anytime soon. In fact, it means you need to focus on it even more than ever before as time rushes on. The internet, and it’s generation, evolve, adapt, and absorb information faster than any other before it. Attentions spans are shorter, but if you provide the quality, loyalty is also higher.
The world has always moved, inexorably towards it’s digital embodiment, and that growth is becoming faster each year as technology improves. It’s an age of (mostly) free information exchange, whether it be in business, or socially exchanged, and if you’re not findable now, presenting your best face to the world, you’re going to get lost as the wave grows.
The future isn’t coming, it’s already here. Just like nature wipes out those species who don’t evolve, the same will happen online, if you don’t catch the wave, you’re going to just get swept away. Let Fresh help you stay the course, and instead of being swept along, lead the pack and find yourself on top where you belong.
There are millions upon millions of pages on what to do, what not to do, how best to do it, and everything in between. There are articles about paid results, organic results, how their way is the best way, or that they know the key ingredient in order to make you list on page 1, every day of the week.
Why should you be concerned? Why do you, as a businessman, need to care about search engine optimization? Lets look at some very basic facts about business in the 21st century.
In the late 90s, the internet was making it’s way into homes all over the world. It was the era of the dot.com business model, and it set in motion some of our, now, day to day uses. From the explosive exchange of the bubble, and the beginning of the new milennium, a dramatic shift in business occured. The world, had begun it’s shift into the digital plane. Google didn’t create the internet, it didn’t organize it (in the purest form of the word), nor did Microsoft, Yahoo, or any other search engine out there. All they did, was assign a system of checks and balances in order to create a semblance of order. The web will always be a mass of information, random pages, it is the digital manifestation of the chaos which comes with allowing everyone a voice.
There were a few models of trying to assign some order, AOL, Ask Jeeves, Google (in it’s infancy), etc all have the same basic premise in mind; a user friendly way to find your interests amidst the storm.
Fast forward to today, and the marketing model has changed drastically from even 10 years ago. Traditional media advertising, radio, newspapers, mail, isn’t nearly as effective as it once was, while search engine optimization, social media marketing, pay per click advertising, has replaced them in effectiveness, and in market penetration. There are really only 2 search engines now worth mentioning, Google and Bing. And, I’ll just let the graphic below answer any questions you may have in regards as to who has clear dominion.
So as a business person, you have a choice. Stick with struggling traditional media advertising and live off of the breadcrumbs which trickle in. Or, step into the web, with a presence, authority, and a page ready, willing, and able to serve your customers and visitors and thrive on the fruits of your labor. The team at Freshtraffic, has been leading the way online in the days before the bubble. With our help, you will be heard.
2009 was a big year in the technology industry. Live search was rebranded and marketed, Wolfram Alpha (remember them?) came online with it’s “answer engine”, and social media went another step up what with Facebooking and Twittering, blogging and real time results starting to make their way into your searches.
But seeing as Google is the big fish in the waters of the web, here’s a quickly compiled list of some of their advancements through out the year.
* Offline Gmail gets released with Google Gears
* Picasa for Mac released
* Google Latitude and search by voice for Android launch
* Google Sync for your mobile phone launches
* Google Calendar goes offline with Google Gears
* Google Profiles show up at the bottom of search results
* Updated mobile Gmail and Google Calendar webapps for iPhone and Android launch
* Google Maps mashup tracks swine flu
* GV Mobile makes Google Voice the default for your iPhone (later, Apple pulled this app from the iTunes Store for reasons that are still unclear)
* Engineers demo Google Wave at the Google I/O conference, give developers access to the Wave “sandbox”
* Google Apps Sync syncs Microsoft Outlook with Gmail, Google Contacts, and Calendars (updates with push Gmail in September)
* Google Squared puts your search results into a spreadsheet
* Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, and Talk leave beta
* FeedDemon, NetNewsWire sync exclusively with Google Reader
* Google announces Chromium OS (but doesn’t release any code, doctored screenshots and fan-made versions start popping up)
* Apple rejects all Google Voice applications from the iTunes Store
* Gmail Tasks graduates from Google Labs (where it first appeared in December of 2008)
* Gmail makes importing mail and contacts from old email accounts easy
* PubSubHubbub gets baked into Google Reader
* Google Wave Preview opens to 100,000 users
* GrandCentral closes its doors, transitions entirely to Google Voice
* Google Sidewiki launches
* Google offers voicemail storage and transcriptions for your existing phone number (part of Google Voice)
* Google Maps Navigation adds turn-by-turn GPS to Android
* Google Voice gives existing users invitations to send to their friends
* Chrome OS announced, Chromium build demo’ed and source code released (here’s how you can try out a Chromium build yourself)
* Google Chrome adds bookmark sync
* Google releases Go, a new programming language
* Chrome browser hits Mac/Linux with extensions enabled (Chrome for Windows left beta in December of 2008)
* Google’s new real-Time search includes Twitter streams
* Google Public DNS launches
* Google “lets the sun set” on Gears, moving to HTML5
* Google Goggles for Android searches the web by photo
* Google Favorite Places puts a barcode on restaurants and shops you can scan with your mobile phone
Look here, to read more of any of the above.
Google has stepped up it’s bid in the quest to own the web, GoogleDNS is here. DNS servers are, in many respects, the backbone of the Internet. DNS allows you to type a domain name like www.senate.gov into a browser instead of a machine-readable IP number like http://18.104.22.168/. Google DNS will allow users to bypass their ISPs Domain Name Servers (DNS).
Google, being a huge ally in the war for net neutrality, makes throwing it’s hat into the DNS ring a bold move. Just like all software, hardware, or inteernet company, the bigger the concern, the harsher the scrutiny. The hand waving and doomsday prophesizing about Googles cloud computing capabilities anytime they have a hiccup being an example.
That being said, Google has made a couple of promises in regards to GoogleDNS. Google’s FAQ states they will only keep temporary logs and erase all the information it collects through the public DNS service within 24 to 45 hours. The company promises not to keep any information that is linked to IP addresses in its permanent logs. Just providing another option out there for those inclined to give it a swing.
Knowing the web, is about power. Those who know most, have the most power, and adding this feather in the Google cap, is just another tool in a wide assortment of available information collectors. As it stands now, who really knows the web better than Google?
One interesting.. concession that Google makes however:
..because nameservers geolocate according to the resolver’s IP address rather than the user’s, Google Public DNS has the same limitations as other open DNS services: that is, the server to which a user is referred might be farther away than one to which a local DNS provider would have referred. This could cause a slower browsing experience for certain sites.
In easy read, depending on where you are, your internet might actually get slower by using GoogleDNS, not faster.
Traditional media advertising, it’s not dead in the water, it’s merely being replaced as the world moves digital. Newspaper circulation, while dwindling isn’t completely dead, but that industry is placing content online, accessible only by subscribers. An additional incentive to have both. Radio stations have daily/weekly/seasonal contests, with special consideration to followers from their website as well.
Search Engine Optimization is coming increasingly to the forefront of the advertising world, and big business who has relied on brand name alone for so long, began to feel that sting over the last few years. They’ve picked up the ball, and paid big bucks, but ran with it. The little guys, do what they can as they go, but do their best.
Seeing as how SEO is becoming so important then, isn’t it interesting, and somewhat unsettling that companies who feel they need optimization, resort to placing “help wanted ads” and such to find an expert to help them?
Google Wave was unleashed for public testing recently, with 100,000 invites being sent out; and with those a batch of invites, tied to the invites (think Gmail at it’s inception).
Catch the Wave, it’s setting itself to be the most interactive, social media collaberation idea out there. Email, instant messaging, documents, which can be edited by a list of people selected by you, it’s a step to making the internet just a little more accessible. Google has a love affair with making information freely available, from their book digitizing (currently on hold), to the actual search engine and indexing of the majority of the internet, to handing out free services like Gmail, and now the Wave service.
Wave itself is still a good few months off yet, admittedly still buggy in their own blog writings, but when the Wave gets rolling, it would be best to be on it and ready for the ride.
Cell phone browsers, laptops, netbooks, and the “coming soon” Courier.. the wired world is becoming decidedly wireless. With the accessibility of the internet increasing by leaps and bounds, your online presence is becoming more, and more paramount to your success.
All of the basics that have been covered in the last week or so, should be in the fore front of your mind when getting ready to go online, and even if you already have an established presence. Nothing like showing existing clients your strength in the industry, than to launch a new, engaging website, designed with SEO in mind, and being constantly updated with new information and content.
Linking them to your Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter/Blogger account for the on the minute updates, questions, and most recent news in regards to your growing, and changing business.
Look no further than the professionals at Fresh, to take care of all of your online needs.
In it’s bid to digitize the world, Google has moved forward again in it’s application to digitize the worlds libraries. Lately however, things have taken a decidedly more serious turn with the Department of Justice weighing in with it’s concerns. The DoJ became the latest party to file its concerns about Google’s book settlement and it appears the search giant will have to either make tweaks to the deal, or allow the feds—and maybe even Congress—to poke around. You should be betting on the tweaks.
While there were some good points made by the DoJ :
The United States strongly supports a vibrant marketplace for the electronic distribution of copyrighted works, including in-print, out-of-print, and so-called “orphan” works. The Proposed Settlement has the potential to breathe life into millions of works that are now effectively off limits to the public. By allowing users to search the text of millions of books at no cost, the Proposed Settlement would open the door to new research opportunities. Users with print disabilities would also benefit from the accessibility elements of the Proposed Settlement, and, if the Proposed Settlement were approved, full text access to tens of millions of books would be provided through institutional subscriptions.
They also made it very clear, that there are valid concerns about the settlement as it exists now.
..the breadth of the Proposed Settlement – especially the forward-looking business arrangements it seeks to create – raises significant legal concerns. As a threshold matter, the central difficulty that the Proposed Settlement seeks to overcome – the inaccessibility of many works due to the lack of clarity about copyright ownership and copyright status – is a matter of public, not merely private, concern. A global disposition of the rights to millions of copyrighted works is typically the kind of policy change implemented through legislation, not through a private judicial settlement.
In the end, Google is most likely going to make a few tweaks to it’s compensation agreement and try to placate everyone as best as possible.
Online business executive Peter Dubens could be about to snap up Friends Reunited from ITV for just $24.6 million, a massive $263 million less than what ITV paid for the social networking site just four years ago.
In the same vein as MySpace, Friends Reunited finds itself hurtling towards the internet scrapheap of innovations that “used to be awesome” but have failed to move with the times and have thus been usurped. The duo of trend setters “back in the day” are now relegated to the “so 2005” pile of outcasts.
Mr Dubens made his money buying small time internet providers, consolidating them into bigger companies then selling them on to major international providers like Tiscali. The entrepreneur is involved with a digital media fund with fellow internet guru Michael Birch, the man behind Bebo.
Friends Reunited could be one of a number of ventures the new capital fund invests in. In this buyers’ market, and with ITV desperate to rid itself of its social media failure, a cheeky offer might be enough to persuade the television company to part with Friends Reunited.
Quite what Mr Dubens might do with the social network remains to be seen. Online advertising revenues have been sapped by drooping visitor returns. In April 2008, Friends Reunited recorded 19 million users with 70 per cent of those returning to the site once every 18 months.
Compare that to Facebook’s 200 million users, most of whom can’t go 10 minutes without giving someone a poke or scribbling something mundane on their wall and you can see a vast void that needs to be bridged.