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Monday, January 9, 2006

Google Goes Russia

Google plans opening a Russian representation, Interfax reports. [Thanks Miel.]

Omgili, Discussion Forum Search

Omgili (short for Oh My God I Love It) is a web forum search engine. I’m not sure how this works, but it might be they use the Google API and add something like (inurl:showtopic | inurl:showthread) to every search. [Thanks to Miel Van Opstal aka Coolz0r, who always provides great links for us!]

More Print Ads by Google

Google is now partnering with the Chicago Sun-Times to displays ads in unsold space in the newspaper, Crain’s Chicago Business reports. This is sort of like AdSense for print, and the ads even seem to be relevant. Quote Jeremy Mullman from the article:

“Google is running ads in proximity to relevant content. On Dec. 12, for instance, Google ads touting ticket brokers, White Sox apparel and Chicago Bears memorabilia ran in the Sports section.”

Search Engines as Leeches on the Web?

Jakob Nielsen in his latest Alertbox says:

“Search engines extract too much of the Web’s value, leaving too little for the websites that actually create the content. Liberation from search dependency is a strategic imperative for both websites and software vendors.”


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