Google+ could take off, but may have no womenfolk

12 07 2011

Idealab CEO Bill Gross has predicted that Google+ “will go from 0 to 100,000,000 faster than any other service in history.” It’s a bold prediction, but even he acknowledges just that. His explanation of how he arrived at this prediction is based on the following points:

  • “The service is great.”
  • The service is “timely.”
  • People are engaging with Google+ “like crazy.”
  • Rumors have the number of users pegged in the millions, but he says that even if it’s just a million, it might already be the fastest to that number.
  • Google is huge.
  • The product is “well executed”.
  • People are “smitten”
An interesting aspect he didn’t look at is shows stats for over 18,000 Google+ profiles. You can see who has the most friends and followers, as well as various other items. You can see, for example, that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has the most followers at 110,820, which is quite interesting, considering that he is followed by Google’s own CEO Larry Page (61,678), who also has “0″ listed in the Friends column.

Most of the top 50 are made up of the usual suspects in the technology circuit – Robert Scoble, Matt Cutts, Kevin Rose, Jeff Jarvis, etc. Of course various Googlers are in the mix. What is quite interesting, however, is that the overwhelming majority of those currently using Google+ are male, according to this site. That’s 86.9% with 11.6% listed as female. 1.5% are listed as other.

Facebook’s Paul Adams was apparently eager to share these stats (on Google+):

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Facebook still on track for global domination

12 05 2011

comScore_Facebook Global Growth

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Google Current Affairs

5 04 2011

Google has recently announced it would be bringing their ultra-fast fiber web to Kansas City.

The exact speed of the internet connection is one gigabit (or a thousand megabits). To put that in perspective, standard “high speed” internet is typically in the 8 to 15 megabit sector, while standard 4G mobile speeds are between 4 and 10 megabits. In either case, the groups are functioning at about 1% of Google’s speed.

It was more than a year ago that Google first announced it would be releasing Google gigabit internet to cities. At that time, Google asked cities to send “applications” to be the center of the experiment. Kansas City was just one among about 1,100 cities to apply. Full article here

Also in Google news:

Among the names announced for Google’s rumored social network are “Google Me” and “Google+1.” Well, at the end of March Google announced that Google +1 is being launched. However, while the utility is social in nature, this certainly isn’t Google’s shot at a service that can compete with Facebook. Rather, it’s a simple button that allows users to indicate which sites they found to be useful. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Meta Descriptions are still important

15 03 2011

How Meta Descriptions are used on Search Engines and Social Media Websites

1. While not a ranking factor, the meta description is still important in organic searches as the search engines use this in the ‘snippet’ that appears below the title in search results.  The more relevant and enticing this snippet is, the more likely you are to get users to click on the listing.

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Google wants to know what you think is spam

15 02 2011

The Google blog tells us the following

“We’ve been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. One of the signals we’re exploring is explicit feedback from users. To that end, today we’re launching an early, experimental Chrome extension so people can block sites from their web search results. If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results.”

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JC Penney gamed Google: A black hat SEO story

14 02 2011
  • There is a pretty massive article on the NY Times about how US retailer JC Penney essentially paid for thousands of links in order to gain number one ranking across numerous search terms. I knew black hat SEO was frowned upon, but I never realized it was so effective. Considering that a massive company using these tactics on an equally massive scale took 3-4 months to get caught, it makes me think that there must be a lot of small companies getting away with this on a regular basis, perhaps even unaware of the tactics their SEO firm is employing although I do not believe this was the case with JC Penney. Read the rest of this entry »

Google’s new content spam detection may have kicked in

31 01 2011
  • WebmasterWorld thread has a bunch of SEOs and Webmasters complaining about a recent and significant drop in traffic from Google. These reports all come from webmasters who have had stable rankings in Google and stable traffic from Google for years. There is some speculation that Google’s new content spam detection and prevention techniques have kicked in Read the rest of this entry »