Posts Tagged ‘search engines’

Google Instant Means Search Results Before You Finish Typing

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The “Instant” feature is kind of handy when you’re searching for something, and you’re not quite sure how its spelled … but also kind of annoying/distracting when you already know what you’re looking for.

‘Streaming results’ will save two to five seconds on every 25-second query, says search executive Marissa Mayer – but SEO people may be less happy

Google unveiled a new version of its search engine on Wednesday night: Google Instant, which produces results before you have finished typing and offers suggestions for what you wanted to look for.

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Google Logo Games May Hint at the Future of Search

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

That strange, animated Google logo had me wondering too … maybe this explains it though.

Google’s logo shifts this week – a swirl of balls, then a grey emblem that colours as you type – are something more mysterious than the usual doodle fun

After teasing millions on Tuesday by turning its logo into a swirl of balls that would avoid their mouse, Google on Wednesday seemed to go the other way – offering a plain grey logo which only changes colour to the normal blue, red, yellow, blue, green and red once the user starts typing.

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Bing Up, Yahoo And Google Down

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Google is still the most popular search engine by a long shot … but it looks like Bing is definitely catching up with Yahoo.

The latest US search engine market share statistics compiled by Nielsen have been released and they confirm a trend that we have predicted for some time now.

Microsoft’s Bing search engine managed to grow from 9% to 13.6 in the last twelve months, while Yahoo fell sharply from 17.1% to 14.3 and Google Search moderately from 65.2% to 64.2%.

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Another Google Search Change, That’s So-So

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Change for the sake of change can be annoying … but how else are they going to keep all of those software engineers busy?

Google Search has seen lots of changes in the past years, but none were as drastic as the changes introduced over the course of the last year. Even if you blend out all the search experiments like instantly updating search results that are only visible to a minority of users, you are left with a few good additions, like encrypted search, and lots of bad ones like the search fade in interface.

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What Bing Search Does And Could Do Better

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I still use Google and Yahoo quite a bit … but it’s always good to know more about other options too.

I switched to Bing recently and had my fair share of experience with Microsoft’s search engine. The main reason for switching was a deterioration of quality results in Google Search. It began in May and has not changed since then. That, and the noise that have been added to search result pages over the past year. It happens that ads dominate the results in Google (and I count links to other Google products as ads as well).

Bing on the other hand does many things better and a few things worse than Google Search. This article takes a closer look at some of the differences between Google and Bing.

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comScore Says Bing And Yahoo Gained Market Share In May. Or Have They?

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Competition is always a good thing in a free market. I wonder what kind of features the search engines will add in order to try and lure new users?

Audience measurement firm comScore has released its May 2010 U.S. Search Data report, and it shows continued market share gains for Yahoo and Microsoft.

Yahoo and Bing/MSN each added approximately 60 bps and 30 bps to 18.3% and 12.1%, respectively. Google is down, claims comScore, declining approximately 70 bps for the second consecutive month to 63.7%.

But that’s not the whole story, and investors need to caution when interpreting the data as presented by comScore, say analysts.

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Google Goggles Now Translates Text in Pictures

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

It boggles my mind that this would even be possible …

If you had any doubt that we are living in the future, Google today introduced visual translation tools for use with a camera phone. Specifically, the new version of its Google Goggles app, available for Android phones running version 1.6 of the OS or higher, can recognize pictures of words written in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish and rapidly translate them into other languages.

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