Friday Recap: Berry Pie Edition
Just two weeks left until Halloween! Have you gotten your costume yet? You forgot Halloween was just around the corner? Then take a trip to one of these amazing cornfield mazes with the help of Google, Yahoo and Live Search Maps to get into the spirit!
Among the spookier things we can find with maps these days are wildfires, which have been ablaze throughout California this week.
Of course, we can’t expect Google to keep track of everything for us. When it comes to losing some things — like I dunno, states — we just have to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Speaking of states, here’s a cool animated map of the United States that changes colors to indicate how people voted by district for presidential elections over the last 48 years. Can’t wait to see what the map will look like three weeks from now. I’m sure I don’t even have to say this, but vote, people!
While we’re on the subject of politics, there were some cool finds on searcher behavior and search results following the last presidential debate. Plus, everyone’s favorite SEO chiropractor took a look at how different the results for local service providers were from results for plumbers after the debate.
Also nifty, the people behind Common Craft have produced another awesomely animated short video that explains how to get the most out of your searches. It’s truly a work of art.
This artist also knows how to work it, as evidenced by his selection for an international art show in Italy. But wait, it gets better. The artist is a horse! Man, I love what you can find on the Internet.
Did you know that searching on the Internet is not only entertaining, but it also makes you smarter? Let’s see what my technophobe dad has to say to that!
Knowing him, he’d probably get me back with this technology horror story. Not a bad idea for someone looking to save on a costume. Just an idea.
On the topic of savings, how does one save face after a public embarrassment like this? Note to self: don’t complain about not receiving something that doesn’t exist.
Here’s an idea that might perk you up in the midst of this economic uncertainty. Plug in your info to realize that things aren’t so bad after all. Shout out to the boss, who found that one — she especially deserves it since earlier this week was National Boss Day! What did you all get your bosses? The writers surprised Susan with this delicious berry pie, because who doesn’t love pie? [Susan left early today, or I’m sure she’d have something very grateful to say, and sweet… like pie. –Paula] Say hi to the new new writer, everyone!
Also worth checking out is an excellent resource on sitelinks and how you can help get those little buggers into your SERP listing. Eric Lander was cool enough to take some time out to talk about sitelinks on the October 8th episode of SEM Synergy, but his article covers the topic in much further depth.
In other enhanced-listings news, Yahoo has added local content to its search results thanks to SearchMonkey.
Things I learned from Boing Boing this week:
- You can never be too careful when it comes to snake-proofing your baby’s crib.
- Beautiful music can be created in the most unexpected of ways.
- A disco beat is a great way to keep time when administering CPR.
- There’s no love left for Ralph the swimming pig and his nightmarish underwater circus.
- It’s apparently the week for meat, as the Mona Lisa, this guy, and outer space all take on an uncanny resemblance.