Earlier today google announced ‘google instant‘ – yes that’s right, instant search results…
One of the new features i’ve added to this blog is the google custom search engine. Previously, i only used the wordpress in built search function but it’s not very accurate and, well, it’s not google.
It’s taken a while, but Google have finally integrated ‘real time’ to their search results. At the minute, it appears to be extremely popular terms that return have real time results. ‘Tiger woods’, ‘x factor’ etc… basically hot news items.
I’m not sure if google plan on having real time results on the frontpage for all search terms. If they do, it’s going to have a massive impact on SEO and spam for starters. Businesses know they need to get on twitter & facebook and embrace technology at this stage – if they don’t their competition will happily keep cashing in
I’ve spoken before about twitter spam and how it’s a huge problem. If google just pull data from twitter and facebook without any filters, this will be heaven for hackers and spammers. A few sales pages behind tiny url’s, automate posting to twitter & facebook accounts using key terms (which are hot / trending topics) and not only will you have traffic coming in from twitter searches, but there’ll be a whole new level coming in from google searches which could pose a major problem for real time search.
No doubt google aren’t as slow as i fear though… i’d be suprised to see spam turning up in google’s real time results, but we’ll have to wait and see. Anyway, for more on all of this check out Mashable or Techcrunch.
This ‘geansai gorm’ SEO competition has really taken off… on November 1st there were 2220 results returned in google.ie for the term ‘geansai gorm’.
6 days later, it’s at 10,500. So far, i reckon there’s at least 12 sites that follow the rules and are indexed in google.ie.
Although i got off to slugish start with Geansai Gorm News, it’s now ranked no.12 for the term ‘geansai gorm’ and by my calculations, it’s 8th in this competition as things stand.
Just a few days ago the site wasn’t even indexed. Yesterday, it was ranked 30+ and today it’s moved up to 12th. Steady progress and i’ll make sure that continues. I’ve no doubt i can grab no.1 spot and i’ve various different plans to do so over the next couple of weeks
It’s gonna be a long hard battle with other webmasters and i’m sure they’re as equally pumped up as I am, but seeing my site start slowly starting to progress in Google has given me a taste for success.
A few days ago i blogged about scour.com – a new search engine. I now have it as my default search engine in firefox.
I think it’s a very promising search engine which is gonna take a hammering for being seen as a ‘paid to search’ ‘scheme’. People don’t understand that it’s an added incentive to use scour – it’s not the sole reason why you should use it!
Anyway, enter cuil.com – a new search engine set up by some ex google employees. I don’t like it.
The results are annoying… It messes up the order of results… for example is smemon.com ranked no.2 or no.5 for ‘smemon’. The owners claim the column look is to make things easier to read – i think it looks like a mess myself. Rather than read results in order (no.1 no.2 no.3 etc…, my eyes are all over the place – there’s no sense of order.)
The thumbnail images are going to be useless unless webmasters can change them. (In the FAQ’s it says they use “advanced algorithms to determine the best image to show the user” – that really clears up that then )
Thirdly, no image or video search? *ouch* that gunshot through the foot must be painful Come on, this isn’t 1999.
Ok, on the flip side there’s no scrolling. Apart from that, it’s a backwards step for search imo. I blogged about scour and how they were changing search for the better with social style voting systems to organize search results.
Cuil is just the same old stuff rehashed in a different layout. It’s nothing to get excited about, it lacks a community feel and why would anyone use it? What does it do differently? NOTHING.
Having more indexed pages than any other search engine isn’t a selling point. That doesn’t make cuil attractive – if anything it hurts it. Google could easily index more pages but they don’t as the majority of unindexed pages are spam.
The future of search is people power. Human powered results is the next step forward. Scour is the first real attempt at that, cuil is nothing more than a google clone which fails to capture the imagination.
This is no ‘google killer’ – they have the media wrapped around their finger – i’ll give them that. But it’s all smoke and no fire.
Anyway, looking at the bigger picture, google must be getting a little hot under the collar… for the first time in a long time, there are now some serious attempts to put a dent in google’s monopoly. It means people are realizing google ISN’T untouchable and that there’s also a lot of people out there willing to jump ship to another search engine for one reason or another.