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January 16, 2009

Friday Recap 01/16/2009

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Like a good little blogger, I’m going to start off strong by sharing the best thing I discovered on the Interwebz this week.

You’re welcome!

This is why I love my job. Blogging is an awesome thing that combines research and writing and sharing. But is writing going to be removed from the equation? Robert Scoble says video blogging is the future, but I’m leaning toward Jim Connolly’s argument on this one. [I'm leaning toward "I can read faster than you can talk, so be quiet and get off my lawn." --Susan]

Whatever side of the fence you fall on, you’d best be blogging already. On Problogger this week Darren Rowse shared five ways blogging can make a difference for you in this economy.

If you’re anything like me, you’re at your most productive when you feel the pressure. But without a threatening deadline you can still light a fire under your own butt with Dr. Wicked’s Write or Die tool. Depending on the setting, you’ll be prodded to continue writing by a pop up box, an ear-piercing noise or the dangerous kamikaze mode that starts deleting what you’ve wrote if it’s been too long since you last typed.

Actually, I’d probably get less done that way than I do now. Oh well. At least I’ve got two monitors to counteract my procrastination tendencies. Using multiple monitors has been shown to make users 44 percent more productive!

And really, who in this industry is not a fan of productivity! It’s why we do what we do. Search, mobile, Twitter — they let us get more done (or at least they can if used for good). Plus processes and products just keep getting faster and easier.

For example, YouTube launched a way to view the site’s online videos from your television with the help of a Nintendo Wii or Sony Playstation 3. MSNBC.com is making it easier to search for videos on their site through a find function that looks within video transcripts. And at CES this month TiVo announced a TV search feature that will work like the search bar in a Firefox browser.

Also announced at CES was a digital Polaroid camera, expected to be available in the spring. Way to go Polaroid, combining instant photos with digital technology. The White House is also on the digital bandwagon as our 44th president will be the first to have his official portrait taken with a digital camera. That Obama. So hip.

The January issue of the SEO Newsletter hit inboxes yesterday, featuring Bruce’s
search industry predictions for 2009. I was also impressed by John Battelle’s annual predictions, and if either of you gentlemen wouldn’t mind, I would only need that crystal ball for five, ten minutes tops.

T-Mobile will be selling the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 in February [when I will be getting one, oh yes. --Susan], with AT&T expected to sell the newest must-have smart phone soon after. Like a lot of BBs (and unlike the iPhone — grrr), the device has video capture capabilities… Which is really just a way for me to segue to this excellent video showing the shift of marketing over the decades.

It’s a fast-paced world we live in. Give yourself every advantage by using the most up-to-date and robust data. SEMPO provides just that kind of info, but not without your help. Go fill out the In-House Salary Survey right now and keep the research coming. While you’re at it you can also make your voice heard by competing to become the biggest search geek. The winner will receive a trip to SMX West, where an awesome lineup of speakers is headlined by John Battelle, Vint Cerf and Danny Sullivan.

After signing on as Yahoo’s new CEO, Carol Bartz said that she would bide her time to decide whether or not the company should sell off its search business. According to reports, Bartz’s gut is telling her not to and you’ve got to respect an instinct like that. An instinct that is apparently lacking in Microsoft’s C-suite. Still, it could be worse. At least neither company sold out for a hamburger, unlike 2,339 Facebook users.

The often overlooked Ask.com is going to start focusing on “super verticals“, starting with NASCAR. Meanwhile, a specialty vertical search engine has emerged for Twitter searches called TweetNews.

A report on the week’s events wouldn’t be complete without a mention of how U.S. Airways flight 1549’s crash into New York City’s Hudson River was captured and brought to the world with a tweet.

Things I learned from Boing Boing this week:

  • If you’re one of the unlucky ones in the frozen northern tundra, here’s a fun experiment you can do. [Today it was 80 degrees here in So Cal. Just saying.--Susan]
  • The Star Wars story gets better when retold by someone who has no idea what they’re talking about.
  • In Mississippi, sagging pants is an issue so important that it exceeds even the Constitution.
  • If there is such a thing, the record for the longest amount of time taken to solve a Rubik’s Cube has been broken.
  • Make music, not war.
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