Monday, December 21, 2009

Microsoft ad widget promoting SEO stuff

This is a quirky little discovery. I'm a blogger member of Unruly Media. At Unruly they provide bloggers with videos to post and be rewarded with a "pay per play" type basis.

I can't remember where I heard about them first but it was a Mr Ciaran Norris blog post that finally reminded me to go sign up.

This is an ad (not sure what counts as a 'play' in this case or how that'll effect my earnings) but I'm posting it here just to illustrate that Microsoft are pushing their SEO toolkit.



The blog in question is on the MSDN domain so they're driving traffic back into their own community nevertheless the widget reminds me a little of some of the progress the people at Outbrain are making with their own blog-to-blog connection/contextual relevance/ad widgets.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Predictions for 2010

Our predictions for 2009 turned out to be a big social media hit! This was largely due to the amount of times it was discovered and read at Scribd. There's no surprise that we're using Scribd to host these thoughts again for our predictions for 2010.

Bigmouthmedia's predictions for 2010

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Google leaps on EU ruling - rushes What Browser to the limelight

Google's been pushing Chrome hard here in the UK and the Netherlands. The reason is connected to the EU's decision to force a browser choice on users - insisting that Microsoft loosen the bounds between IE and Windows.

In a post titled "Boosting user choice for browsers" Google noted,

The European Commission today announced an important decision designed to inject more competition into the crucial market for Internet browsers. Under the Commission decision, more than 100 million Europeans will soon receive an opportunity to download a new browser. On both new and old computers that run Internet Explorer, a ballot screen will pop up on their computers displaying icons of the major browser makers and allowing them to choose among them with a simple click.
Pretty big news, huh.

As it happens Google has had a stealth weaponwaiting in the wings ready for this - the What Browser? site.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Are you snoring yourself to death?

I noticed this ad on Flickr today.

In one way it's a pretty clever ad. It takes a standard square and divides it into three separate click-able areas. Each area has its own Blue Lithium tracking link. That's a good use of space. I also think it integrates well into the Flickr search results.

In another way; what the heck? Are you snoring yourself to death?

My snoring would have to be dangerous before I was willing to strap myself up like that at nights! If you fear your life is in danger unless you fasten your jaw shut then you can check out the product page here!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Foursquare improves Facebook integration

All the recent chat seems to be about Gowalla. It's understandable given their recent funding success. I'm just on Foursquare for now (heck; it only just launched up here in Edinburgh) and that's enough for me.

I noticed that some time today the mobile web version of Foursquare - I'm not talking about pretty apps for you iPhone users - got a minor upgrade with an "Send to Facebook" drop down box. This is the screen I tend to see most often as I use my Windows 6.1 X1 and the mobile Iris browser to check in remotely.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Jebus! DMCA madness with Google and Ugg boots

Just when you thought the whole Google and Ugg boot drama in the UK couldn't get any weirder we have a DMCA messy result that looks like this.

P.S. Notice the good result for the Brinkwire press release in there.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Google joins the campaign against the Digital Economy Bill

10 Downing StreetImage by Cee-Bee via Flickr

I really think this will ring an alarm bell at 10 Downing Street. Not a large one; a small one... and it’ll probably only sound in the ritual PR room.

Google’s used their new but sharp edged European Policy Blog to attack the Digital Economy Bill proposed by the British government.

Google’s legal paper filers write;

The British Government's Digital Economy bill includes ideas that worry us - as well as other Internet companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Ebay. In particular, we are concerned about the bill's Clause 17 which, in an effort to fight piracy, would allow the Secretary of State to amend the Copyright Act to "prevent or reduce the infringement of copyright by means of the Internet" without additional legislation. All of us have joined together and written the UK government to express our opposition.

It’s pretty clear why Google objects to this creepy clause. Google likes to protect the data it has. It will use courtroom battles to try and keep that data secure and the threat of courtroom battles to dissuade people from trying to get at it.

These British proposals could slice away at those protections. A Government would find itself in the position to easily order Google to reveal, X, Y or even X in relation to Y.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Is IKEA's new iPhone app the future of magazines?

This week we've seen some magazines present future possibilities for themselves bundled with tablets.

For example, over at TechFluff the bouncy Hermonie shows us Sports Illustrated and asks; "Would you pay money for this?"

A good question. Don't hate it just because it's American sports.

Also this week we've got IKEA gearing up to tackle a hard challenge - to try and get us interested in yet another iPhone App. What they're letting us do is surf through their entire catalogue in an App.

I've never been in an IKEA store in my life so I thought I'd check out the preview.

Pretty slick, huh? Pretty similar too.

One big difference is the size of the screen but for the IKEA catalogue - all pictures, more or less, then the iPhone is good enough.

All IKEA need to do is add a section of content; perhaps fashion tips, perhaps streamed in from a blog and even if IKEA are paying a small license fee to that content provider then their App would be a serious alternative to paying for a Home & Fashion Magazine in electronic/tablet format.

I think we'll see a lot more content packaged up like this. A good thing too.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Mystery Google is now Mystery Social

ARHG reader XSEVM points out that Mystery Google is no more. It's become Mystery Social.

In fact, if you type in "Mystery Social" as a search in the surprisingly popular engine then you get a message; "Yep. We had to change our name.™"

No prizes for guessing who might have inflicted that onto them.

The code, however, refers to Mystery Google all over the place as does the Top Internets site.

Here's the current list of 'Easter Egg' searches for the site:

  • Hello
  • Mystery Social
  • Test
  • What is Mystery Google
  • What is this
  • Gibberish
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Poop
  • Rick Roll
  • Will you marry me
  • Bigmouthmedia Germany