There are enough indications that Google might have changed the ranks of SERPs. Over the past couple of days many webmasters have observed and reported that their rankings have taken a dip for some searches. The dip has been from rank 2 to rank 6.

This dip however can only be seen for specific searches terms which means that it can't be considered a penalty for the whole domain. Most probably it appears to be a backlink or a an off-site issue.

Recently, there were privacy issues with AskEraser. See AskEraser: Privacy Feature Needs An Overhaul Says Privacy Group. Now, under the privacy scanner is Google Reader as there have been discussions on some blogs. The issue about privacy started with Google Reader's new sharing feature, that allowed all the contacts in your Gmail or Gtalk contacts' list to share your posts.

Google v/s Yahoo! In Japan

Dec 27, 2007 | 3,144 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Hitherto, Japan is only a handful of search markets where Yahoo! has lead the race with 65.9% market share compared to Google who's market share stood at 27.8% till a couple of months back. But Google it seems is has made some strategic efforts to change the figures in its favor by striking a deal with Japan’s largest mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo as has been reported at TechCrunch.

It seems like quite a commitment that some Googlers work at least part of the day even on Christmas. Christmas 2006 and Googlers Vanessa Fox and Adam Lasnik were working on Christmas day. Vanessa Fox disclosed this in a blog post too.

vfoxworking Some Googlers Work On Christmas To Keep Up The Support

Google it seems had a couple of surprises in store for everyone this Christmas. First it was the launch of MyMaps, see Google: Map Your Holiday Photos and Videos. Now it's a jump from to 4GB of mail storage space, to 6 GB of space now.

gmail space Googles GMail Giggles With 6 Giga Bytes!

Would Gmail go the same way as Yahoo! Did with unlimited storage space? Who knows only time will tell. You can catch the discussion at Digital Point.

To help people from all over the world to celebrate this year's holiday season Google has created MyMaps wherein the users from across the globe can embed their holiday pictures, videos and stories that would help them to share with others how they celebrate and have fun.

The Official Google Blog announces the launch of MyMaps.

googlemymaps Google: Map Your Holiday Photos and Videos

The word about the launch of WikiaSearch had already been around for some time. See Google Looking For Community Driven Search? and that it could pose a stiff competition to Google and Yahoo!.

Now Michael Arrington reports the launch of Private Beta of Wikia Search. The script of the letter reads "Ping me if you want one…. we’re launched. icon smile Private Beta Of WikiaSearch Launched! " The public launch of the engine would take place on January 7th. The public launch would allow general public to use the system and give their feedback about their experience.

On Google Webmaster Central Blog and in the post titled "A Festivus for our webmasterus." Google says "If it's good enough for the Costanzas, it's good enough for Webmaster Central: it's time for a Festivus for the rest of us (webmasterus)!"

The most apt things to remember for starting celebrating Christmas celebration by Googlers seem to be the new developments which have come about as the most popular Webmaster Tools features which the blog considers to be the "Feats of Strength — for 2007."

According to CNet Newsblog a group of privacy advocates have asked to make changes to the recently released askEraser so as to protect the privacy of the users better.

A letter addressed to the Chief Executive said:

Come, the holiday season and the search engines have changed their looks to share the festive sentiment around. has quite an animated appearance, snowflakes are falling all around the search box.

askholiday Seasonss Greetings From Search Engines!

Yahoo! Has a has cheerful snowman to say the greetings.

yahooholiday Seasonss Greetings From Search Engines!

Google as always has tweaked the logo and has made it all the more festive.

googleholiday Seasonss Greetings From Search Engines!