Topix Now A Web 2.0 News Site

Apr 4, 2007 | 2,092 views | by Navneet Kaushal

topix logo Topix Now A Web 2.0 News Site Topix a news aggregator site is switching mode and becoming an open website. More than 1 million people posted 5.5 million comments, adding more than 30,000 comments a day in Topix. And many of the most passionate discussions were happening at the local level, reports Pandia.

Refer Google Apps Earn $5

Apr 4, 2007 | 3,815 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Google AdSense blog informs that a referral to Google Apps can earn you $5. However, it seems to be restricted for US users alone.

 Refer Google Apps Earn $5

Instructions given on AdSense blog:
Just visit the AdSense Setup tab in your AdSense account and click the link for Referrals. Select the Google Apps option and then choose how you want the referral ad to look on your site. (The Google Apps referral ads are available in English right now, but we'll be adding more languages soon.) Copy the code provided into the design of your web pages, and voila!

Compete has introduced 'Attention metrics'. Compete says, “you can use Compete.com to measure a site’s Attention. Attention fuses engagement (measured by time) and traffic (measured by unique visitors) into a single, more complete picture of a web site’s value.”

Yahoo! announces the names of the Yahoo! Search team experts who would be part of the panelists at SES in New York scheduled from April 10th–13th, 2007.

  • Sitemaps & URL Submission — Priyank Garg, Product Manager
  • Duplicate Content & Multiple Site Issues — Amit Kumar, Engineering Manager
  • Robots.txt Summit — Sean Suchter, Director of Yahoo! Search Technology

Yahoo! Search Index Update

Apr 3, 2007 | 2,022 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Yahoo! Official blog informs about a search index update that is taking place. The update should be over by now though.

We are in the process of rolling out some changes to our search results. As usual, you may see some changes in ranking as well as some shuffling of the pages that are included in the index throughout this process. This update will roll out this evening and will be complete very soon.

Google's work culture could not get more laid back than this. During the weekend an employee python went missing in Google's Manhattan office. The three foot long snake called Kaiser made the Google's search engine experts leave their work and scoured the complex in search for it.

Dom on MSN UK blog confirms that the experiment of pre-populating the search box didn't work so well. MSN did bagged a lot of negative comments for their marketing strategy. Moreover, they Dom clearly suggests that the statistics did not showed a positive result as well.

SEOmoz has launched a new version of the factors that accounts for search engines' ranking algorithms. The new version addresses the current picture and significance of various factors in the algorithms. Thirty five search engine experts have poured in their views and expertise to compile the new version. The previous version was launched in 2005.  

Mysterious billboard advertisements have been seen along Highway 101 between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Valleywag has confirmed that they are by Ask. The slogan on one of the billboard says, “The Algorithm Killed Jeeves”. This message has got everyone confused. Many are wondering whether Ask is trying to target Google because of their 'world conquering' algorithm.

Live search has announced the release of about a dozen new enhancements for its Live Search Maps service available at maps.live.com!

  • Firefox users can now enjoy zooming around the virtual plug-in by clicking on the 3D button at maps.live. A user will be prompted to download and install the plug-in without having to search for it.