Posts tagged: search
As a small(er) merchant, I am tempted to ask Foursquare:
Why do I have to run a campaign on Foursquare when other marketing channels are available to me?
- Context ads
- Facebook ads
- Contests on Facebook page & Twitter
On product level, Foursquare’s competitors include Facebook Places and Gowalla, which was acquired by Facebook.
On monetization level, Foursquare’s competitors are all marketing service providers available to SMEs. When Foursquare wants to scale, it’s going head-on with, gasp, Google, Facebook and Groupon.
Sometime in 2008 I was having issue with my Twitter account.
- A search of keyword "taitran" did not display my tweets
- My tweets were not displayed in hashtag aggregation, for example #barcampSaigon
I DM @support and received no response.
On 1 December 2011 I DM @support again and received a reply
Please file a support ticket http://t.co/AqfAUZF so that our agents can check out your account. Mention that you’re not in search. Thanks!
I filed two support tickets. The cases are resolved after two weeks. Here is the response from Twitter:
Thanks for letting us know that your updates were not appearing in Twitter search results. In order to provide the best search experience for users, Twitter automatically filters search results for quality. To understand what might have caused your Tweets to jeopardize search quality, please review this page:
It looks like at some point a third-party website was posting duplicate Tweets to your account. We’ve now updated your account settings so that your Tweets will appear in the search results. Please note that it may take at least 24 hours for recent Tweets to be indexed, and due to the dynamic nature of Twitter’s search algorithm, you may not find every recent Tweet in Twitter search.
So the issues resulted from third-party apps messing with my account. I unauthorized all suspicious programs.
So now my Twitter account is back, full-pledged and healthy.
Hello searches and hashtags, so long!
A quick review of this article on Boingboing.
As search result becomes relevant to users need and free preview is provided, Google Book Search will soon become the destination of many book readers.
Soon, Google can take advantage of this and allow searchers to actually purchase the books online directly from Google search results.
In terms of business, this makes way for Google to enter e-commerce and even distribution.
If they do, Google has not and will not compete with portal sites like Amazon, but will go from their core competency: search.
Respectively, competition against Google will not be by search, but on other territories that Google has yet dominated, such as virality and social recommendations.
I’d suspected that Facebook is moving fast toward monetization.
But Sheryl Sandberg’s confirmation that Facebook has been profitable for 5 consecutive quarters still comes as a nice surprise.
Nevertheless, considering this model, where all the money has been generated is not much a question.
Where else has Facebook been making money on? Will Social Search come next? Will Facebook do Data Mining behind the scene?