Does it scare you that typing your residential phone number in the Google Search bar (not to be confused with the Google Toolbar) reveals your name and residential details with a map (via Google Map) of your home through a reverse lookup! It was common knowledge that the World Wide Web was a storehouse of fascinating information but this edges towards the scary, with identity thefts, stalkers and wrong-doers all around.

Microsoft Founder and Head Honcho, Bill Gates announced his plan to focus his remaining months of active duty on search. At the company's annual Strategic Account Summit, Gates waxed eloquent on the transformation of destination-based search to an online experience.

Second Web 2.0 Awards Announced

May 10, 2007 | 1,580 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Winners of the second Web 2.0 Awards were announced. Sites ranging from Web Giants which gross over a Billion annually to self-funded sites were nominated, the basis of judgment being the quality and consistency of performance.

Move over James Cook. Google Maps for Mobile is the latest in navigation for the folks at UK. The launch of the service was announced at a press briefing at the capital.

Unlike the American version, this allows you to search tube/train station locations. Users can easily find business searches, local pin codes, driving directions in a cool satellite mode. For now, the application is for Java-enabled phones only.

A slightly off-the-cuff but honest thread explains how Google controls, owns and directs your mind. Besides moral policing the Complainee rants about "Google is taking over and moderating the webmaster discussion" and "Google Defines Webmaster Dialogue and Thinking ".

To Google's defense comes the veritable Adam Lasnik, their very own, SEO Strategist and Search Evangelist.

The thread can be enjoyed at Webmasterworld.

Google Analytics has undergone nip, tuck and is here with a renewed and fancier look. Brett Crosby and Jeff Veen launched the latest version at the Emetrics Summit in San Francisco.

dashboard1 Google Analytics Gets A Nice Makeover

Google combined forces with Urchin, which they purchased back in 2005 for the final result. Some of the new features include:

  • Email and export reports: Schedule or send ad-hoc personalized report emails and export reports in PDF format.

The Silicon Valley has always been a land of quick rise or fall and awe run by sharp thinking multi-billionaires-both young and old. This everyone gets. What befuddles common people is trying to understand their operations and functions. An obvious example of which was a report in the WSJ about Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc.

Yahoo! Auctions Closed For Good!

May 9, 2007 | 2,876 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Yahoo! Auctions comes to a screeching halt on June 16,2007 in the US & UK. In just a span of a month, following the announcement of the planned termination of Yahoo! Photos, this news becomes part of a list of services Yahoo! is shutting down. Barring the two mentioned countries, the services will continue to operate in Asia. Reports suggest the reason might be the massive success of eBay which is almost impossible to compete with. However, since Yahoo! joined forces with eBay this does not come as a huge surprise to many.

After much debate and discussions, Ben Fisher claims he has solid proof of noFollow helping in his website's ranking.

In the experiment, he wrote a review on the SpiderMan 3 game and mentioned it in various blogs which he linked back to the review site. What happened then was, his site was ranked number 1. Also, "piderMan 3" used as an anchor text contained a noFollow.

Google Introduces Gadget Ads

May 8, 2007 | 1,539 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Google announced their latest advertising beta program "gadget ads" which will be launched in late summer. These new ad units are interactive applications from advertisers through AdWords while they are distributed via AdSense. Since, the application hasn't been launched officially, users suspect it would appear on iGoogle. Advertisers can add flash, video, real-time feed, and transaction functionality to typically static display ads to these HTML-based ad units.