7 April 2008

Spock joins Google’s Search Network

Spock.com, the people search engine that was launched in April 2007 has become a member Google’s Search Network. They will join portals and search engines such as Ask.com, Lycos, AOL and more in displaying Google’s Adwords ads. Spock has plans to meet with all major ad networks such as Yahoo Publisher Network, Tribal Fusion, Advertising.com and DoubleClick for contextual and …

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7 April 2008

Best for Image Search?

Where do you go for image search? Watching an episode of Miami Ink over the weekend, well, the footie was dull and it was too cold to venture outside, I was intrigued to see that they used the Ask Image Search and not Google as you may suspect or Alta Vista as I always do. And if that’s good enough …

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4 April 2008

Google’s change in AdWords Trademark Policy

5th May marks the day From the 5th of May advertisers will be able to bid on each others registered trademarked terms. There are still some restrictions in terms of trademarked terms being used in the ad copy. But apart from that it loks like open season. We suggest you read here for the offical Google information and here for …

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4 April 2008

Five Gripes About Home Delivery

Well this is a ‘rant’ column!’ If like me you spend your life online you are probably not immune to some impulse online purchases. And apart from items being ‘out of stock’ or shopping baskets not working in firefox the one thing which is guaranteed to get me to buy elsewhere is if the following issues arise with delivery of …

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4 April 2008

Google to sell recently acquired SEO company

3 weeks ago Google acquired Double Click for a couple of billion. This purchase included the Double Click brand Performics, which specialises in SEO and PPC. This put Google in a tricky situation as it is against its has long said that money will not affect its natural rankings and if Google is receiving money for SEO advice then you can see …

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3 April 2008

South African Blog Awards 2008

Last night the Tamar Cape Town team attended the annual South African Blog Awards, rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of South African blogerati. The awards, started by Jonathan Cherry in 2005, showcase blogs both written in South Africa but also blogs written by South Africans abroad. Judging this year was done by a panel of 14 judges, and by …

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3 April 2008

Facebook chat coming soon?

According to the guys at AllFacebook.com, the launch of the much-hyped Facebook chat client could come this week. The clues to this imminent change? Apparently there are a number of javascript changes being implemented by Facebook, as well as a new TCP connection change to Facebook users that are logged in (don’t worry, they lost me at TCP as well…) …

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3 April 2008

Firefox development ploughs on with Beta 5

Firefox 3 beta 5 was released yesterday hopefully bringing it one step closer to finally being released. And now the news coverage coupled with my increased frustration with Firefox 2 hanging and crashing finally made me switch to using the new beta in the hope that it would solve these problems and improve my life. Well as I waited about …

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3 April 2008

Joni Mitchell on Search

So is it an update? And is this your first? For those of you who have been seeing some fluctuations in the rankings on Google, more than usual that is, you may be interested to know that there has been talk of a good old fashioned update – some say it may even be a Google Dance! Now I am …

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3 April 2008

Celebrating Tomb Sweeping Day

Tomb sweeping day is one of the traditional Chinese holidays, two weeks after the vernal equinox, normally falling on 4th, 5th, or 6th April.   The Chinese name “Qing Ming” literally means “Clear Brightness”, hinting at its importance as a celebration of spring. In the ancient times, people celebrated “Qing Ming” with dancing, singing, picnics and kite flying.  Colored boiled eggs …

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