How to Rob a House with Google Buzz

PleaseRobMe.com focused on Foursquare. It highlighted random people checking into public locations, implying that they weren’t home and thus, their belongings could be robbed. However, it’s not a realistic scenario. All you know is that Random_Joe is at some restaurant or cafe. You don’t know where Random_Joe lives. So how can you rob him? Enter … Continue reading “How to Rob a House with Google Buzz”

Google Responds To Privacy Concerns With Unsettlingly Specific Apology

Now for some Friday fun. Google’s (GOOG) been bad. So they issued a heartfelt and very personal apology: Responding to recent public outcries over its handling of private data, search giant Google offered a wide-ranging and eerily well-informed apology to its millions of users Monday… “Whether you’re Michael Paulson who lives at 3425 Longview Terrace … Continue reading “Google Responds To Privacy Concerns With Unsettlingly Specific Apology”

An Unidentified User is Following Me on Google Buzz

This is odd. In my list of followers on Google Buzz (GOOG), there is an unidentified user. How mysterious. I didn’t know Google’s accounts allowed you to create an account anonymously, much less follow someone anonymously. Aren’t names required? I’m flattered an unidentified user is following me. It’s not like they can’t follow me on … Continue reading “An Unidentified User is Following Me on Google Buzz”

A Curious Similarity Between Google and Enron

I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, “What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures“. This book is a compilation of his best columns from the New Yorker. One of those columns, “The Talent Myth“, tickled my noggin. It was this excerpt in particular: [Former Enron president Jeffrey Skilling says]: “If lots of [employees] are flocking … Continue reading “A Curious Similarity Between Google and Enron”

Almost Half of Google is Beta

Oops, looks like someone forgot to finish Google (GOOG). According to Pingdom, website monitoring service, almost half of Google’s products are still in beta. Out of the 49 Google products we could find, 22 are in beta. That’s 45%! This list includes well-known products such as Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Finance. Pingdom didn’t include … Continue reading “Almost Half of Google is Beta”

The Click-through Rate of Google’s Search Results Page

This is an oldie but a goodie. SEO specialists know this already. You should too, if your internet business depends on traffic from Google at all. Back in August 2006, AOL (TWX) released the search records of 500k users collected over a three month period. The data was removed as quickly as it was published, … Continue reading “The Click-through Rate of Google’s Search Results Page”

Google Knol and Search Engine Woes

Will Google’s Knol start taking over Google’s search results? Who knols? Ha! Sorry, I was dying to make that joke. Moving on now… Just a week after it’s launch, Google’s Knol is beginning to stir up some controversy. First, Wil Reynolds of Seer Interactive noticed that a Knol article was already ranking high on Google … Continue reading “Google Knol and Search Engine Woes”

Google Knol and SEO

I’m going to try an experiment. Google launched a new service called knol this past Wednesday. It’s been billed as the Wikipedia/Squidoo/HubPages alternative, though perhaps more akin to the latter two because of it’s monetization offerings to entry authors, via a Google AdSense revenue-sharing model. Seeing this made me wonder: could knol be used for … Continue reading “Google Knol and SEO”