ad Silicon Tails: April 2006

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Dinesen Design is open to business

Tinna opens shop at www.dinesen-design.com

Tinna has started a process of taking her small design firm beyond viral marketing by opening up a web site with resume, portfolio and description of services from Dinesen Design. Check it out here.

Oh, and by the way: participate in this little poll about her site. Let her know if you like or dislike the design of her site.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

John Batelle interviews with Search players

John Batelle has started running a series of interviews with key players in Search. This week he interviews Jim Lanzone, GM of ask.com. A few weeks ago he interviewed Gary Flake, former Overture/Yahoo researcher, now at Microsoft Research.

One of the interesting things that Gary Flake speaks to is the quality of the user experience of Microsoft's search product:

"But to be honest, we pretty much blew it with the GUI for the past year. Why? There's no good reason, really. The truth is we've had so much going on over the past year that it was simply more fun to focus on the core issues first, which is a mistake typical of engineers."


It's interesting to note that while Gary Flake highlights their decision to deal with fundamental algorithmic problems first - and GUI and UX issues second, a typical engineering mistake he admits - Jim Lazone seems to highlight the UX before algorithms per se. He highlights the ask.com innovations aiming at helping people disambiguate their searches (such as zoom - and binoculars is another innovative tool for ask.com users), noting that relevancy is top-of-mind now and that we will see improvements on that side in 2006.

Ask.com's approach seems to be the most successful of the two so far......but obviously this is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Analysts Running Scared

Fool.com Commentary April 5, 2006

I thought this Fool.com commentary was quite interesting in discussing herd mentality among Wall Street analysts and in pointing out that everybody has self-interests to serve, including analysts. But the best part of this article is how they (inadvertently) prove their own point towards the end of the article:

"Now, mind you, any pasture that the analyst herd is so eager to leave is probably laden with certain, er, land mines. So you do want to watch your step as you go a-grazing. That's where our research team at the Motley Fool Inside Value newsletter service can help. They're adept at picking their way through well-used fields of abandoned stocks...." etc. etc.

Duh.....

New Trends In Online Traffic

Comscore numbers reported in Washington Post

Numbers out from Comscore Media Metrix confirm that social media is not just a fad. While growth is slowing at most top Internet sites, it is skyrocketing at sites focused on social networking. Note especially that MySpace pulled 37 million visitors last month, 28 million more than a year ago. That gave it a ranking of No. 10 among all sites in the United States, according to ComScore. If you look at usage data (page views and time spent per visitor) MySpace ranked No. 2 on the entire Internet, right behind Yahoo!.