Google’s Senior Vice President of Search, Amit Singhal, who has been instrumental in shaping Google Search across desktop, mobile and other search appliances, has announced today that he is leaving the company after 15 years of service. His last day will be February 26, 2016, and his next journey will involve philanthropy. “I am eager to see what kind of impact I can make philanthropically,” he said, “and of course, to spend more time with my family — especially with my wife who I miss spending time with given our incredibly busy lives, and our son who will go to college soon, leaving an empty nest behind.” Amit said “search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day.” John Giannandrea, who has led lots of artificial intelligence efforts such as RankBrain, will be stepping into Singhal’s role. Giannandrea has been with Google for … [Read more...] about Amit Singhal, The Head Of Google Search, To Leave The Company For Philanthropic Purposes
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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. Google Making Location More Obvious, Prominent I’m not seeing it exactly but Google has said the company is making location more “transparent” or more obvious to users so that they can control it and, presumably, offer better location information to Google for an improved overall experience.From the Google Public Policy Blog:Today we’re moving your location setting to the left-hand panel […] Hot On Sphinn: Will Twitter Die First, Daily Kos Googlebombs, Search URL Parameters & More We had an interesting variety of stories that were hot last week on our sister site, Sphinn. A discussion that was started by Sphinn member marketingmyinternet asked if Twitter will be the first of the major social networks to die. That question was our most-discussed story over the past week, and included our Comment Of […] Surviving The Impending … [Read more...] about The Day In Search, October 18, 2010
With Microsoft’s current advertising campaign still leaving many people shaking their heads in wonder, TechCrunch has an idea: follow the lead of Ask.com. Jason Kincaid confesses that Ask’s ad — the one that shows a young woman “exercising” (ahem) on a stripper pole in her house — actually made him curious enough to click through and visit Ask.com. He goes on to mention that the sexy ad didn’t change his opinion of Ask.com as a search engine: The ad may tell me nothing about the site’s technology or give me any reason to use it over Google, but it worked – I obediently ventured over to Ask.com to see if they had somehow managed to make search sexy (they didn’t). Our own Danny Sullivan points out in the comments that search industry history is littered with creative ads from search engines that didn’t make it (Excite, Lycos, HotBot). In other (less titillating) Microsoft news, Kara Swisher reports that Yusuf Mehdi is now … [Read more...] about Mehdi Moves Up At Microsoft; Should MSFT learn from Ask?; Top 25 People On The Web; Google & The NSA
The Google Enterprise Blog recently featured the Volkswagen web site for using Google Enterprise search to power a new feature on the VW web site. As you can see, the Volkswagen home page has a huge search box in the middle of the page. Cool, right? Danny and I think so. As Danny was explaining the news on the Daily Search Cast today, he noticed that the site loads the box up in Flash. Looking at the source code, he discovered hidden text! Yes, hidden text on a page that was featured by an official Google blog. Here is the text that is clearly not visible on the page. It’s kept invisible using a special style called “invisibleContent:” Volkswagen of America presents U.S. vehicle information, pricing, incentives, deals, comparisons on Eos, GTI, Jetta, New Beetle, New Beetle Convertible, Passat, Passat Wagon, Touareg, Rabbit, R32 and the GLI with links to VW dealers, owner information, Volkswagen merchandise, and VW accessories. homepage, volkswagen, volkswagon, vw.com, … [Read more...] about Google Features Volkswagen, Which Happens To Be Search Spamming
The Google Onebox is a search result that sometimes appears below sponsored advertisements and above organic search results when you perform a search at Google. An example is when you perform a search such as a city name and the word “weather”. Google also offers specialized Google OneBox for Enterprise results for customers who use the Google Search Appliance or Google Mini. It’s possible for you to create OneBox results for your own website, using a feature that appears to have originated with Google Coop. Google has a fair amount of documentation on the use of subscribed links, though it appears that the discussion group about subscribed links from that page has been removed from Google Groups for violations of “Google’s Terms Of Service.” If you go to the Google Search Preferences page, it’s possible to sign in, and subscribe to a number of different offerings from people who have created specialized queries that will return special … [Read more...] about Google Subscribed Links Patent: Why Do Some OneBox Results Require No Subscription?