Lots of entrepreneurs have started businesses online but few have offered a day-by-day, play-by-play narrative outlining their experiences. For the past few weeks, Search Engine Guide editor Jennifer Laycock has treated her readers to an insiders view of her new social-business, the Lactivist. Read more…

For folks who’ve seen the term Web 2.0 but haven’t yet found a simple and succinct explanation of what it all might mean, Search Engine Journal editor Loren Baker has composed the bestest ‘lil paragraph I’ve seen on the subject. Read more…

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages… We are proud to welcome you to the one, the only, the uniquely meglomartical Yahoo Shoposphere !

Yahoo has introduced an oddly named but equally compelling shopping suggestion site known as Yahoo Shoposphere. The shoposphere, is, on the surface, a wish-list you can share with eighty million of your closest friends.

The environment is organized around Pick Lists, virtual shopping lists made up by the registered users. One such list is, Gifts for a New Zealand Sports Fan . Another is the helpful Ultimate Travel Bag . Once made, lists can be shared with friends and family and displayed on the Shoposphere website.

The shoposphere also works around the Yahoo Shopping search engine with products listed in its database made available in the search results.

Naturally, it is also a space merchants can list items for sale. For instance, Jay presents his list of Nissan 350Z/300ZX Aftermarket Parts as a guide to finding such parts.

The shoposphere is a cool shopping application that really could make the Holiday season simpler for many people, especially for long-distance gift giving.

One important critique though. The name. It hurts the fingers to type it.

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Why are Bugs Called Bugs?

Have you ever wondered why we call software or hardware errors “bugs”? What a strange word to describe a mistake. Insects, though some may find them repellent, are among the most complex and perfectly adapted creatures on this planet. How can something that doesn’t work be compared with things that actually function better than most living organisms on Earth? The term has never made much sense to me even though I use it in one way or another at least once a week. Read more…

Yahoo and TiVo today announced a partnership between the two firms that, as of Monday will allow users to program their TiVo recorders via the search portal.

The new feature places a “Record to my TiVo” button on Yahoo TV pages and likely on other TV related content found in the Yahoo network. When a TiVo user (who also has a Yahoo membership) clicks the button, a signal is sent to their TiVo unit. Users are cautioned to expect a one hour lag time if their TiVo is connected with broadband and a 36-hour lag if they use dial-up. TiVo is said to be in discussions with other search firms as well.

The major search engines are all investing heavily in video with Yahoo and Google leading the pack. In August, Yahoo signed deals with CNN and ABC News, expanding the content offered through Yahoo TV.

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Dot-Com Monopoly, the 2000 Edition

I have a confession to make. While this will come as no surprise to my coworkers who know me as an obsessive personality, I must admit to my readers and publishers that I have become an addict. To be more accurate, I have rediscovered a compulsion that I thought had left me when I was in my early 20’s, Monopoly. Read more…

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Gord Hotchkiss on Speaking Search

Gord Hotchkiss ranks among North America’s preeminent experts on how people use search engines. As the author nearly a dozen notable whitepapers on search marketing, including the widely quoted Google EyeTracking Studies, Gord is known to be one of the most able minds in the SEO/SEM sector. Today, in a piece published at Search Engine Guide, “I Speak Search“, he takes note of how sophisticated search engine users have gotten using short two or three word search queries. Read more…

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

AOL Webcasts Green Day LA Show

AOL Webcasts Green Day LA show

AOL’s love affair with the pop-punk band Green Day continues with the live webcast of the band’s Los Angeles show last night. A replay of the entire Green Day concert is available at AOL. The show features ten songs, most of which were drawn from their latest CD, American Idiot. Read more…

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Mr. Schmidt goes to Washington

It seems Google is getting concerned about how the US federal Government might regulate the Internet and/or the practices of the search engines that spider it. Ealier today Google announced it had hired the services of registered lobbiest Alan Davidson, an Associate Director of the Center to Promote Democracy and Technology. Read more…

Google and Sun Microsystems held a joint news conference today to announce a multi-year collaborative agreement in which both companies will help distribute the other’s software. The agreement also sets the stage for Google and Sun to introduce server-side software that could pose a serious challenge to Microsoft’s Office suite. Read more…