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September 18, 2009

Friday Recap: SEO Groaner Edition

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Welcome to the weekend, friends!

It was another big week in the tech industry. At the TechCrunch50 conference, a show dedicated to Web 2.0 start-ups and launches, some big announcements were made. Google launched the experimental news reader Fast Flip. Bing unveiled Bing Visual Search which displays images to help users sort through results.

egg and face
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A successful event for TechCrunch, no doubt. It must have felt nice after being the victim of a practical joke the week before. Social network Facebook pulled an all out punking on the tech news site by serving up a “new feature” to the TechCrunch office alone. Hope they got that egg off their face before the conference.

In the real world, Facebook had some other news to take pride in. At 300 million active users (almost as many people live in the U.S.), the network now turns a profit! [If they were a punk band this is when we'd start calling them sellouts. Luckily, they've been that for ages. --Susan]

If you too would like to gain control of your social media life, check out this helpful guide to focusing your attention and resources so you can avoid the dreaded social media overload. Here’s crossing my fingers. Goodness knows I could use the help.

My counterpart down under has written a great post on search engine optimization for PDFs. And that’s just the tip of the Aussie iceberg, so if you’re in the area you’ll want to check out the one-day SEO training course stopping in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney throughout October.

Dungeons & Dragons Jones Soda

Back in the states, those interested in attending Search Engine Strategies Chicago in December should know about a pair of Platinum Passports being auctioned off by Visibility Magazine. The auction ends at the end of the month and, from the look of the current bid, could be a steal for the winner.

Such a yummy savings brings me to the latest flavor craze in fandom, Dungeons & Dragons: the sodas! These officially sanctioned bubblies have witty names like Eldritch Blast and Bigby’s Crushing Thirst Destroyer, and are probably really tasty, too. Dwarvelicious!

Yeah, that wasn’t even kind of clever. But some of these SEO groaners are. Here’s an original to get you in the mood. What did the content writer bring to the Thanksgiving potluck? Keyword stuffing!

Things I learned from Boing Boing this week:

  • Cult favorite Web comic XKCD is planning its next big gig — your coffee table!
  • Forget the wine key. Break out the saber.
  • Say hello to Google’s Data Liberation Front, a noble new group intent on setting your data free!
  • Wanna see a light show? If we’re lucky, an astronaut might pee.
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