Former Senator and likely Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum hasn’t yet figured out what to do about his “Google Problem” — a negative listing orchestrated by gay syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, which results in the association of Santorum’s name with anal sex. And the search issue is getting attention from that much-watched political “fake news” show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. (The mention is around 1:46 on the clip below.) We first wrote about this back in February, and the result dates back to 2003, when Savage rallied his supporters for the attack after Santorum made remarks against homosexuality. Santorum’s staffers, according to a Roll Call article, have investigated what to do about the problem, but concluded there was little they could do — something many SEO experts reading this site would probably disagree with. They apparently ruled out talking to Google because they believe it would be stifling … [Read more...] about Presidential Hopeful Santorum’s “Google Problem” Makes Daily Show
Aliens in a flying saucer have abducted one of the Os out of the Google logo today. Normally when there are special Google logos like this, the holiday or special occasion is pretty clear. But this one is a stumper. What’s it for? I’m trying to find out more. Clicking on the logo brings up search results for unexplained phenomenon, which is no help. But by searching for “ufo sept. 5,” I found a potential answer. Today in Exeter, New Hampshire, the town is holding its first UFO festival, which in turn is based on a famous UFO sighting on September 5 in the area. From Seacoastonline.com: Believers and skeptics alike will find out just what an out-of-this-world community Exeter is this weekend during the town’s first UFO Festival. Exeter is considered a mecca for when it comes to ufology, particularly because of an event that took place in 1965, during which Norman Muscarello reportedly witnessed a hovering craft with five red flashing lights. Following his … [Read more...] about Today’s Google “Unexplained Phenomenon” Flying Saucer Logo
Defining Santorum For those who aren't familiar with Santorum's situation, back in 2003, the former US Senator angered gay columnist Dan Savage, not to mention some in the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community, with several anti-homosexual comments during an interview with the Associated Press. Savage's response was to follow up on a reader's suggestion that he hold a contest to define "santorum" to mean some type of sex act. The winning definition was picked in June 2003: The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex. Rotten.com covers some of the history here. Mother Jones also did a good article last year on the topic. Definition in hand, Savage launched a web site - Spreading Santorum - with letters and background information about the meme. An associated blog also operates, started in September 2010, after it was clear Santorum would be running for the US presidency. Santorum: Google It & Bing It With Caution … [Read more...] about Should Rick Santorum’s “Google Problem” Be Fixed?
Google’s plan to socialize its various applications continues. GoogleOperating System hasspotted code in Gmail that may lead to aFacebook-style news feedof status updates from your Gmail contacts. More about this and Google’scontinued “stealth social network” moves below. Back in September, Googlelaunched a friendsupdate feature on Orkut. Activity Streams & Other Social Nuggets From Leaked Google Video covers thisplus how Google is working to create “activity streams” for all of its productsas a way to make them more social and akin to Facebook. In October, Google got behindOpenSocial, a wayfor various social platforms to share social data and let developers produceapplications for that data. However, so far OpenSocial doesn’t seem to have donemuch to socialize Google products. Instead, Google seems to be continuing alongthe lines of making (often mistaken) assumptions that people in your Gmailcontacts are also those you’d want to … [Read more...] about Google The Stealth Social Network?
PageRank. If you do SEO or are involved with Google or search, you’ll come across this topic at some point. You’ll also likely be confused by what exactly PageRank means. To solve that, here’s a guide to PageRank, designed for searchers and site owners alike. Google’s Definition: PageRank As Votes Let’s start with what Google says. In a nutshell, it considers links to be like votes. In addition, it considers that some votes are more important than others. PageRank is Google’s system of counting link votes and determining which pages are most important based on them. These scores are then used along with many other things to determine if a page will rank well in a search. Don’t like me speaking for Google? No worries. When Google talks about PageRank at its site, it often links to the Google Technology The heart of our software is PageRank™, a system for ranking web pages developed by our founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford … [Read more...] about What Is Google PageRank? A Guide For Searchers & Webmasters