Would a Microsoft and Yahoo! merger be the opportunity that Ask.com has been waiting for? Would a major distraction for the #2 and #3 search players be just what they need to get their innovation and sharp focus into the spotlight?
I thought it was really nice to get a mention by Elizabeth Holmes in her article “Going Online Isn’t a ‘Must’ Move For All Entrepreneurs in the Wall Street Journal last week. I believe that many companies definitely jump in the wrong end of the pool sometimes.
I’m thinking I missed the point of Google Gadget Maker.Â Last night I had my hopes up, but tried it this morning and was really underwhelmed.Â Does it suprise anyone else, for example, that the the photo frame gadget requires you to change the photo manually rather than, say, plug it into tags on picasawebÂ…
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.