Sunday, October 30, 2005

Bill Gates visits Israel to take on Google

Bill Gates made a quick stop in Israel no doubt to show how serious he is about his global aspirations and to show Israel that Google isn't the only game in town. You might remember that one of his prior execs, who Google snatched up, went to open Google's new office there. Don't know what he really accomplished but it was an interesting move none the less. dt

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem----October 30 ….He came, he saw, but did he conquer?
Bill Gates, the Microsoft CEO, made his first trek to Israel, but his media presence was upstaged by a terror bombing in Hadera. In addition, most likely due to Gates strict security contingent, his schedule was not broadcast by the Government Press Office which usually provides the schedules of visiting heads of state and celebrities.
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Friday, October 28, 2005

Search Engine Strategies to hold its first conference in China

Search Engine Strategies SES will hold its first conference in China next March 17 & 18th in Nanjing. The city of Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province and is located about 5 hours west of Shanghai. The search scene in China is heating up with Baidu the current leader holding the lead at 37%, Google at 23% and Yahoo with 21%. China has more than 100 million internet users with growth expected to top 120 million by the end of 2005. If you’ve ever thought about adding China to the mix, you don’t want to miss this one.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

China now upset with Google

First it was Taiwan and now China is upset with Google for changing the name on Google's map service from Taiwan a province of China to just Taiwan. China is important to Google as they struggle to gain users in one of the fastest growing internet user bases in the world. China's internet users reached 103 million and is expected to reach 120 million by years end. dt

The Age

San Francisco --- Google's popular online mapping service has become entangled in a long-running territorial dispute between China and Taiwan.

Until recently, Google's maps described Taiwan as a "province of China." That sparked protests from Taiwan's government, which has considered its island an independent state since ending a civil war with China more than a half-century ago.
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Saturday, October 22, 2005


Shoutout to Shak, my favorite blogger of all time. Why? Well he's into SEM, lives in China, has a cool business card and a great blog. I hope to meet him when I'm in Shanghai next year. Wanna join me? Stay tuned.

A big shoutout to Nick Wilsdon from E3Internet and fellow contributing editor at who
passed on an seo map site from frapper, where you can map where you're from among the world's seos and give a shoutout.

Another shoutout to Nick and Cher. Nic'N'Cher are search engine marketeers based in Glasgow & Winnipeg who have a lot to say on all topics concerning SEM & SEO. I love their blog. They rant about Google here and add a personal touch like this post. Keep at it girls!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Can the U.N. Rule the Internet?

At issue is who should have control over Internet traffic and domain name management. The Internet was developed in the US and is largely privately owned and operated as stated by U.S. State Department's David Gross and the U.N. should not take control of it. The European Union is pushing for this plan since they claim that no one country should have final authority of this global resource. dt

The World Wide Web (of Bureaucrats)? Keep Your U.N. Off My Internet
By Adam Thierer, Wayne Crews, Special To LTW

WASHINGTON, DC - Kofi Annan, Coming to a Computer Near You!

The Internet's long run as a global cyberzone of freedom - where governments take a "hands off" approach - is in jeopardy. Preparing for next month's U.N.-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society (or WSIS) in Tunisia, the European Union and others are moving aggressively to set the stage for an as-yet unspecified U.N. body to assert control over Internet operations and policies now largely under the purview of the U.S. In recent meetings, for an example, an EU spokesman asserted that no single country should have final authority over this "global resource." read more

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

South African Search Trends

Search marketing is taking off in South Africa led by local search engines Ananzi and Aardvark according to this article by Andrea Mitchell, Media Director at Acceleration.

The South African online advertising industry has enjoyed strong growth over the past year, and can expand further as more South African organisations start to switch on to the benefits the online medium offers. The five trends below, which are already evident in other parts of the world, are likely to drive the growth of the local online advertising world by making the medium even more accountable, measurable, and functional. read more

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Yahoo to Power Search for Open Content Alliance OCA

This global consortium has undertaken quite a task and it will be interesting to see where this is headed and who is willing to contribute.

Cultural Institutions, Businesses, Government Organizations and Non-Profits Join in an Unprecedented Collaboration and Encourage Others to Participate

The Internet Archive, Yahoo! Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., the European Archive, HP Labs, the National Archives (UK), O'Reilly Media Inc., Prelinger Archives, the University of California, and the University of Toronto today announced the formation of the Open Content Alliance (OCA), a global consortium focused on providing open access to content while respecting the rights of copyright holders. The OCA will provide a wide range of material including cultural, historical and technological digitized print and multimedia content from libraries, archives and publishers. Content will be hosted in a single, permanent repository and complete works will be searchable and downloadable for free by anyone. read more

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Google Rules Global Search

According to this report Google has a large lead in global usage. The others may be able to make inroads in individual countries but it looks like Google will continue its dominance even though its share dropped slightly in the last two months. dt

Top search engines in September 2005: Google - 56.9%, Yahoo - 21.2%, MSN - 8.9% by ZDNet's ZDNet Research -- SearchEngineWatch points to September 2005 OneStat survey of search engine usage. MSN Search's global usage share has risen from 8.6 % to 8.9 %. Google's global usage share has decreased 0.3 % the last 8 months. Yahoo's global usage share remains stable. The second largest search engine on the web has a global usage share [...]

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