Friday, December 30, 2005

2006 Searches

At this time of year everyone is discussing what the next big search stories and innovations might be. It's great fun reading all the speculation. Of course, some of us have a much better idea than others. The search engines themselves are offering little peaks here and there (or not so little in some cases).

It took a visit from Google for me to crawl through the snow, travel on two buses and make it to work today. As is the case with everyone else in such a privileged position there's nothing more that can be legally said.

I think John Battelle's 2006 predictions have been especially good. John's certainly a man in the know, too.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Local Live

If Microsoft can expand their Local Live's Bird Eye View to the same or greater range than Google Local then they'll have a better product.

It's a big if, though. A big if on the day that Galileo launches.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Froogle becomes Google Base

Pages on Froogle UK talk about Google Base. The two terms are used synonymously in various help files.

This is not unexpected. Google Base hints heavily at the tie in with Froogle. It makes sense to only use one feed to supply Google with product information rather than two. On the other hand, Google has invested a little into the Froogle brand and I suspect we'll not see the end of it for a while. The trend is away from sub-brands though. We lost Urchin to the far less catchy "Google Analytics" (though most people call it Urchin anyway).

I had originally titled this post "Google's left hand versus Google's right hand" in reference to the conflicts in the help file and also because of my geeky amusement to see Gmail (sorry, I'm in the UK and should therefore say Google Mail) spam block a password reset from Orkut. Google should know not to block Google.