StumbleUpon leans on BlogCatalog group administrator

StumbleUpon (SU) is a recommendation (rating) engine. Its users “stumble”, that is, vote for a web page they like. The theory is that most people will recommend pages that most people will consider to be interesting. The reality is that most people who use the web have probably not heard of SU and the ones […]

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Bing Maps for Mumbai are seriously flawed

I will let the pictures do the talking here. I looked at Bing Maps for my childhood home in Bombay, India, which is in the area known as Thakurdwar, South Bombay. Compare the Bing map on the left with the Google one on the right. Click the images to enlarge. Look particularly at the streets […]

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2009 Facebook Demographics and Statistics Report: AU and US Compared

Thanks to Tamar Weinberg for alerting us to an update by Peter Corbett about Facebook demographics for the US. The main learning there is that the number of 55+ year-old users has increased by 513% since the last check six months ago. I don’t know if similar Australian stats have been published yet, but I […]

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Google Maps adds real estate search

As of today, you can search for your next house on Google Maps.  To do this, begin at http://maps.google.com.au. Click the link to the right of the Search Maps button, labelled Show Search Options. Once you do so, the link will change to Remove Search Options and you will see a drop-down menu, where you […]

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SEO Permalink for WordPress – the real deal

Ash Nallawalla

4 July 2009

SEO

I must credit my friend Prashant Karandikar tipping me off to an intriguing post entitled “Many SEO Experts Give Wrong Advice Regarding WordPress Permalinks” by Weberz-Rob. That’s a great linkbait title if you ever saw one, particularly when he began naming these well-known SEOs who gave this “bad advice”, such as: Matt Cutts Joost de […]

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Cheap Windows 7 Pricing Announced

Microsoft and Amazon have announced cheap pricing for Windows 7 Pre-Orders placed before July 11. The Upgrade price for Windows 7 Home Premium is US$49.99. The pricing at Amazon is as follows: Home Premium = $49.99 Upg; $199.99 Full Pro = $99.99 Upg; $299.99 Full Ultimate = $219.99 Upg; $319.99 Full Click here or the […]

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Review: Brother MFC-235C Printer

I prefer to use a product for a while before writing a review — my Brother MFC-235C is over six months old, but it’s still on the store shelves. As it wasn’t supplied by Brother PR but paid for from my own pocket, I was in no hurry to write it up. My previous printer […]

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Google Openly Profiles SEOs As Criminals – Says Lisa Barone

Ash Nallawalla

20 June 2009

SEO

I like Lisa Barone’s writings. I even followed her on Twitter until she started tweeting about the RedSox. Unfollow I’m disappointed I didn’t go to SMX Advanced, where a few major announcements were made and where Matt Cutts apparently was “openly stating that Google profiles SEOs like common criminals.” http://outspokenmedia.com/seo/google-profiles-seo-as-criminals/ At this point you should […]

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Tr.im your brand

By now you might be aware of name-checking services such as Knowem, Name Check or User Name Check, which will check whether your username/tag/brand has been taken at 120 or more sites. They can also, for a fee, register your tag/brand at those sites. But have you considered the URL shortening sites that have become […]

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Microsoft trickles out Bing search engine

Ash Nallawalla

29 May 2009

SEO

Microsoft launched Bing today. The home page leads to a video and not a lot more.No search box. It will be fully deployed worldwide on 3 June 2009. However, a check of http://www.decisionengine.com/Letter.html reveals some detail. A Reviewer’s Guide and some screen shots are at the PressPass site. Another great resource is Discover Bing. Features […]

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Some people – a lot of them – still use the Yellow Pages

It’s fairly easy to check that I work at the Yellow Pages® or that I am not their public spokesperson, so this is just my opinion, FWIW. Being a search marketer, I use Google/Yahoo/Live much of my working day. I have Google and SocialMention alerts for “yellow pages” and “Sensis” to see what is happening […]

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Maurice Jarre – What Wikipedia hoax?

The ABC (Australia) reported on 7 May: Student’s Wikipedia hoax dupes newspapers: report Posted Thu May 7, 2009 6:01am AEST An Irish student’s fake quote on the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia has been used in newspaper obituaries around the world, the Irish Times reported on Wednesday. The ABC article has attracted comments criticising reporters as being […]

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