29 May 2009

Google’s Wave blows Microsoft’s Bing out of the water

On the day that Microsoft’s new search engine Bing is announced, Google reinforced its position as market leader by unveiling its new communication platform, Google Wave. Whilst Microsoft chose to display its efforts on revolutionizing the search engine by creating a ‘decision’ engine, (a move that can only be seen as an attempt to chip away at Google’s dominant market …

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28 May 2009

To Bing or Not Bing – that is the question

So Bing is launched, sort of, and while any form of competition is good for the consumer is this really going far enough to tempt people over from the ‘non evil’ side? I have my doubts, we were hoping for a step change and while some say that Bing is producing results and relevancy as good as Google it going …

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28 May 2009

Searching to the sound of Bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine

On the 3rd of June, Microsoft are hoping the internet will be searching to a new sound, when they launch their new search engine, Bing. Bing is Microsoft’s biggest move to date in challenging Google at becoming leaders of semantic search, a search engine which revitalises and rebrands their tired Microsoft Live Search with the following new features: Interface For …

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28 May 2009

Does the length of your URL matter? You better believe it!

As part of an ongoing research project I have been studying the distribution of backlinks to some popular sites in high volume niches. The research has uncovered some valuable findings, it has also uncovered some blatantly obvious things which seem very logical when you think about it but present themselves very nicely graphically. The following graphic illustrates the correlation of …

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26 May 2009

MySpace adds profile designer… at last

In a move which could be seen as closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, MySpace are publicising their brand new “Profiles 2.0” this week, which allows users to choose from a massive range of profile themes and designs. Whilst this is surely an exciting move for MySpace, it’s not exactly a trail-blazing move in the world of …

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21 May 2009

Tips to Optimize Flash Sites for Search Engines

Perception is very important when it comes to buying any product – If it looks great it must be great.  Even If you have the best product in the world, if the package is ugly people are less likely to buy it. Same goes for website.  If your website is good looking, flashy, eye-catching it will definitely attract more visitors …

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21 May 2009

The Growth of the Semantic Web

For some time, numerous prominent web commentators have waxed lyrical about the fact keyword search is very close to reaching its breaking point. Facts such as the number of people now on the web reaching 1.3 billion and there being over 150 million active websites all contribute to the theory. As the scope of the web continues to expand, it …

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21 May 2009

We’re heading back to Vuyani Primary for Round 3!

With only a couple of weeks left before our project kicks off I thought it an opportune time to update everyone about is happening on the CSR front here in Cape Town. As some of you may (or may not) know we will be returning to Vuyani Primary School in Gugulethu as we have done over the last two years. …

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21 May 2009

Social Media – Pressing delete on personal privacy

Social media concerns me. Despite being a regular user of Facebook and Twitter I am very conscious of the long term implications these tools have for individuals personal privacy. As an example, if an individual chooses to post information about what they did on the weekend that is fine, however what if the same post includes photos or references to …

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