Can We Still Trust Google?

Announced to great fanfare recently, the Google News Initiative was positioned by the company as a single umbrella for all its various publisher-centric programs and efforts. It would bring together things like AMP Project, Google News Lab and more while also containing a new program aimed at combating the rise of misinformation online, partnering with…… Continue reading Can We Still Trust Google?

Quick Takes: Content Marketing and Media News for 10/6/17

Have to wonder what kind of sense it makes for publishers to intentionally serve up search and social-driven visitors a markedly worse user experience. Facebook is once again being accused of over-counting the size of its audience of 18-24-year-olds. YouTube is the latest company to make changes to its search algorithm to fight the spread…… Continue reading Quick Takes: Content Marketing and Media News for 10/6/17

If we’re going to have hashtags we may as well do something with them

Yesterday I wrote this post for Voce Nation about how hashtags are becoming the new taxonomy for the social web but how what was still lacking was a universal, platform-spanning search that can bring together conversations that happen on Twitter, Google+ and other social platforms. One thing I didn’t include in that post, though, was…… Continue reading If we’re going to have hashtags we may as well do something with them

Problems creeping up in online media

If you’re at all interested in the ins-and-outs of online publishing, this Buzzfeed story is a must-read. For Google, this is far more damning: Google is the table. A site should not be able to auto-post a stub of another story and immediately outrank it in the world’s most popular and powerful search engine — that is…… Continue reading Problems creeping up in online media

Staying in Google’s good graces

Is there a legitimate discussion to be had about whether or not Google sometimes acts mysteriously, with their motivations completely unclear to anyone outside the company and likely frustrating to third parties who wind up getting slammed by them? Sure. But the amount of bad actors out there in the online advertising space, those who…… Continue reading Staying in Google’s good graces

Search News Catch-Up: 8/28/08

Vertical search has gotten the attention of more and more people, from venture capitalists to publications in the last year or so. Because the vast amounts of available information found through a general search engine like Google can sometimes be a tad intimidating, these search engines are positioning themselves as tools people can use to…… Continue reading Search News Catch-Up: 8/28/08