Google Buys Quicksee, YouTube Tests Live Streaming, Social Usurps Search & more - A Weekend Roundup
Here’s a roundup of the top weekend search headlines and tips from around the Web, sorted by category.
Google Reported To Buy Quicksee For $10 Million. Here Come More 3D, Geo, Panoramic Videos – TechCrunch
An Israeli newspaper reports that Google is buying Israeli startup Quicksee, also known as MentorWave Technologies, for an estimated $10 million. Quicksee makes 3D video tour software.
Google Instant Promotional Message – Google Operating System
“Welcome to Google Instant. Feelings of euphoria and weightlessness are normal. Do not be alarmed.”
YouTube Debuts Live Streaming Platform With Two-Day Test – TechCrunch
YouTube is preparing to launch a live streaming platform, enabling its content partners to stream their video directly to users in real-time.
Google Maps and Images Get the (Unofficial) Instant Treatment – Mashable
A tech guru has made unofficial instant versions of Google Maps and Google Images, riffing off of Google’s official Google Instant app and a YouTube Instant spinoff.
Instant Search in Google Chrome – Google Operating System
Google Chrome will add support for instant search.
Facebook Snatches Another Google Ad Exec (This Is Getting Ridonkulous!) – All Things Digital
Facebook steals away another Google employee; this time an ad sales and operations exec.
Yahoo Revamps Mail Service – Wall Street Journal
Yahoo plans to redesign Mail (codename “Minty”) to freshen up its appearance with a simpler design and increase its speed in markets with slower Internet connections.
Yahoo Mimics Facebook With Groups Update; Users Retaliate – TechCrunch
Yahoo Groups users aren’t pleased with the new interface and are letting Yahoo hear all about it.
Searching for and Selecting a Search Marketing Partner – ClickZ
27 questions you need to know about your potential vendor.
Social Media Marketing
10 Guidelines for Creating Great Social Media Content – ClickZ
Creating media that can “go viral” is a lot like becoming a successful stand-up comic.
Brightcove: Online Video Discovery Shifting From Search To Social Media – paidContent
Facebook and Twitter are emerging as key traffic driver for online video. Referrals are growing faster from these two sites than from traditional search engines.
The Big Trend in Small Social Sites – BusinessWeek
Niche social networks such as myYearbook and Dogster draw users and advertisers, adding up to a sizable portion of the social Web
Tangential Relevance and Link Building – Search Engine Journal
By digging down into bits of what you find from a sweeping general search, you can find some truly interesting places for a link.
Local & Mobile Search
Google Maps Does Not Use Domain For Ranking – Search Engine Roundtable
Google doesn’t use the domain name of the business to determine the location of the business in Google Maps, but does use “business address, your service area, etc.”