Google+ Releases Vanity URL

Google+ Vanity URL for David Gumpper

The last few weeks of October 2013 have seen a bunch of news on the technology front, especially in updates/upgrades.

Google finally said thumbs-up for a vanity URL for my Google+ personal page. I believe we all have waited for some time for this to be release. I even kept the suggested URL, which is google.com/+DavidGumpper. I kind of like the + in beginning of my name and this should make Google+ more relevant in the social space.

Other news, Apple Continue reading “Google+ Releases Vanity URL”

Look what showed up on my Google doorstep?

Working all night researching and did the natural thing at one point, type Google.com in the web address bar. What popped up? This nice blue arrow on the page showing me the way to Continue reading “Look what showed up on my Google doorstep?”

Capturing Web Pages

Screen capturing web pages has always been really difficult. If you use Google Chrome web browser, there is a great little extension called Screen Capture (by Google) that enables you to capture the entire page.

Chrome has been my workhorse Continue reading “Capturing Web Pages”

Open multiple tabs as a browser default home pages

When I open my browser, the first thing to do after the home page loads is, to create new tabs to open a standard set of web sites. These sites could be the company’s website, a personal website, web email client, a couple of standard blogs that I read, and a few others. How nice would it be if once a browser is open, multiple tabs are automatically initiated to the different sites? No more typing or clicking on bookmarks.

Yeah, it would be nice, right!

Well, this is easily accomplished with Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Apple Safari is a little more complex, but it is doable. The instructions below give how to set up these browsers for Microsoft Windows 7 and Apple’s Mac OS X.

View how you can set up your favorite web browser to load multiple web sites. Have Fun!!! Let me know if you have any problems.

Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 8 (IE8)

comScore’s mobile report for October 2010

comScore Reports October 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share is available.

Quick summary:

Mobile OEM manufacture Samsung continues to increase (+1.1%) market share over the last three months, while Motorola (-2.1%), LG(-0.2%), and Nokia(-0.7%) falter. RIM remains basically unchanged with a slight 0.3% increase in market share.

Google and Android again has substantially increased (+6.5%) its market share in the smartphone platform over the last three months. Apple’s iOS did have a slight increase(+0.3%), but only maintains a lead of 1.1% market share over Android(23.5%). Who has taken a beating? RIM (-3.5%) and Microsoft(-2.1%) continue to lose market share to the other smartphone platforms.

Text messaging is still the consumer’s favorite way to use mobile devices (68.1%) and continues to grow over the last three months (+2.1%). Mobile web browsing gained the most over the last three months(+2.6%), followed by downloading mobile apps (+2.3%) and interacting with social networks(+2.4%).

Thoughts:

Android will continue its Continue reading “comScore’s mobile report for October 2010”

NEW- Google preview in search results

How many realized last night that Google added a new feature in the organic search. Click on the magnifying glass and view the web site from the search result link. Very Bing like from my viewpoint, but I still like it. I’ve been using this feature to ensure link takes me to a site that is relevant to my search terms. Nice!! This will have an effect on your sites relevancy to consumers search terms.

Verizon iPhone, really!!!! Maybe!!!

image
Engadget - Verizon iPhone chatter is getting harder (than usual) to ignore

Check out :”Verizon iPhone chatter is getting harder (than usual)Check out :”Verizon iPhone chatter is getting harder (than usual) to ignore”

http://tinyurl.com/2wtw395

Is this a possibility? Apple must port over to another carrier soon. Otherwise, Google Droid will begin slicing away the pie.

Update: 5/8/2010 – Geeze, then you see stories like this from ZDNet – “Majority of Verizon customers want iPhone, but analyst say not this year” .

My point? Smartphone technology Continue reading “Verizon iPhone, really!!!! Maybe!!!”

My weekly twitter updates for 2010-02-07

Video SEO Tips

The use of video on the Internet has become a prevalent component of web content. No kidding! But, there is so much video available for consumption in the SERP’s, careful attention towards specific video SEO strategies must be adhered too. The following are basic recommendations to help your video content rise to the top in the SERP’s and reach consumers.

1.  Sitemaps are your best friend. Google and others accept video sitemaps for your web site and is the recommended way to provide the information necessary to make the search engines aware of your web sites video content. Google accepts sitemaps using the Media RSS (mRSS) specification or you can find Google’s how-to create a video sitemap in the Google Webmaster Central Blog, “Creating Video Sitemaps”.

2. RSS feeds are easier for the bots to read than web pages. Great! Create a Media Continue reading “Video SEO Tips”

Poll Time – “Google It” or “Bing It”

After a few weeks with Bing.com being live, I’ve started to find myself gravitating more of my searches towards Bing. I found my own behavior interesting and began to wonder who else is having the same experience or are most people still doing the “Google It” search.

What I found is Google’s Brand is holding strong against the search consumer desire’s to have a visual and different user experience within their search world. This is evident in Eric Schonfeld’s, Tech Crunch article titled “Study Suggests People Prefer Bing’s Design To Google’s, But Still Won’t Switch“.

What is evident, is how a strong brand can withstand the initial entry of a new and serious competitor. The question I’m asking is, “How long can a strong brand retain it’s position of dominance without implementing major changes around the brand?” Especially when the competition has taken an earnest and valid attempt to provide consumers with a different approach to the user experience.

The article from Schonfield shows an interesting eye-tracking heat map study of twelve subjects using Google and Bing. A result from these maps displays how users focus more on the organic search results in Bing, whereas they trend towards the top advertising bar in Google. On both pages, the eye then travels down the page for the most part except, for the left column on Bing does gain some attention by the user. Yes, the study is made up of a very, very small sample size, but I’ve noticed my behavior has tracked the same way on Bing. The question is “Why?”

What will happen is change. Google is not able to sit still for long as others learn and refine their search development as it evolves into the future.

Back to the focus of this article. Let’s survey what you think of Google and Bing. I’ve created the following poll for anyone to participate in and view the results.

If you haven’t used Bing in a true evaluation, here is your chance. Refrain from searching on Google for a week. Yes, as best as you can possible withhold yourself from using Google. Bing It and be cognizant of the search results, where your eye flows on the page, and what you eventually click on. After the week come back to this post and partake in the below poll, and be honest about your choices.

What Are Your Thoughts? Are You Going to “Google It” or “Bing It”?

[poll id=”2″]
[poll id=”3″]
[poll id=”5″]
[poll id=”6″]

Update: TechCrunch releases on 7/1/2009 that Bing.com now carries tweets from Twitter in their search results. Apparently they are not displaying everyone tweets. Only the most important. TechCrunch comments on what the Bing.com people have to say of their new addition,

We’re not indexing all of Twitter at this time… just a small set of prominent and prolific Twitterers to start. We picked a few thousand people to start… follower count and volume of tweets. We think this is an interesting first step toward using Twitter’s public API to surface Tweets in people search. We’d love to hear your feedback as we think through future possibilities in real time search.

Saturday, when my son said his Facebook was crawling about Billy Mays, my finger on the keyboard started towards the letter ‘G’, but at the last minute went to ‘T’. It is surprising how behavior can change in a split second. So, it is only natural the other search players want to keep their piece of pie.