I was hoping that Google Gadget Maker would offer someting more akin to Yahoo Pipes, but it’s much lighter than that. Still, it brings focus back to personalized Google search results and what that means for search optimization.
As Google begins to work with State Governments to encourage the indexing of public records, information hidden below the surface will suddenly be visible, and sleuths and mashups may have a field day. Dust off those boxes, Uncle Sam, let’s see what you have in there!
Ebay shows us that usability improvements can make a big difference in profits – even when traffic levels remain flat. It’s a textbook case of reduced abandonment bringing staggering profits. Perhaps having your brother-in-law design your site isn’t such a great idea after all.
If you’re a local business, and you’re not in Google Local now, I must admit, possibly living in denial.Â Google 411 (1-800-GOOG411) is amazing, and I am just blown away that so many businesses haven’t taken the time to insert their company into the Google Local Business Center.Â We couldn’t find our favorite pizza restaurant…
Seth Godin, my favorite author by far, just published a list of quitters (people who have quit one path and shifted to another, and found even more success) that includes people you’ll recognize, such as Jeff Foxworthy, Tom Peters, Bill Gates, me. What? Read more inside….
If we want to look up data, enter data, and use communications tools, why don’t we all take a lesson or two from Edward Tufte or Jakob Nielson and create an efficient, fast, textually driven site appropriate to the purpose. I hate to see government sites where loose-canon web designers are set free with no regard for the real needs of users.