Friday Recap: Special World Edition
Wow! What a week! SMX Advanced was intense. I learned a lot and made deeper personal relationships, and I wasn’t even there! It’s all thanks to the incredible liveblogging that I was honored to take part in. You can too — just head over to the earlier posts from this week (I’ve rounded them all up here and we share some additional liveblogging lessons here) by Susan and special guests Alan Bleiweiss, Dana Lookadoo, and Gil Reich.
Those who attended Bruce’s SEO training workshop yesterday found it to be a strong way to close out the show. Exhibit A was one attendee’s Twitter sentiment, which Paula shared in the writers’ room chat. I’ll let you into our special world for a moment:
[10:50:38 AM] BCI-Paula Allen: http://twitter.com/samturri/status/15866347656
[11:01:12 AM] BCI-Virginia Nussey: yay! super tweet!
[3:54:49 PM] BCI-Virginia Nussey: http://www.theawl.com/2010/06/new-york-times-bans-the-word-tweet
[3:56:24 PM] BCI-Virginia Nussey: so my above message would read, “yay! super Twitter update!”
[3:57:11 PM] BCI-Paula Allen: Excellent Skype reply!
[3:57:51 PM] BCI-Susan Esparza: What do they do when they’re talking about the interface? “Then you press the Twitter update button”?
[3:58:26 PM] BCI-Susan Esparza: Then people will be “What’s the Twitter update button? I don’t see the Twitter update button.”
[3:58:31 PM] BCI-Susan Esparza: “How will I study?”
[3:58:49 PM] BCI-Paula Allen: You’ll read the NYT, naturally.
[3:59:23 PM] BCI-Paula Allen: Ooo, now I want to write “tweet” and “tuchus” in the same sentence!
[4:00:12 PM] BCI-Paula Allen: And what’s the “invented past-tense”? Would I have had seen it?
[4:00:32 PM] BCI-Susan Esparza: Look, in Real Media Establishments like the NYT, they do not sit on their tuchus and tweet all day long.
Man, we crack ourselves up!
Google announced that its souped up indexing infrastructure, Caffeine, was fully live. People were less impressed by a Google experiment meant to highlight the new ability for users to personalize the home page with an image. [Dear Google, just be Google. You don't have to be Bing. —Susan]
A new Internet marketing conference was announced last week, hosted by the teams at Search & Social and 10e20. Search & Social publication Search Engine Journal held a contest this week with the winner receiving a pass and hotel room for the conference, BlueGlass LA, taking place July 19 and 20 in beautiful Marina Del Rey. The contest asked people to post a Twitter update on what outrageous thing they’d do for the prize. Let’s just say the winner’s a brave soul.
That contest was further proof that engagement’s the big goal in all this Internet marketing stuff we do. To generate some engagement on your Internet marketing site, there’s now an easy way to create a white label keyword tool widget that you can put anywhere: the Widget Generator. Thanks, WordStream!
Both Yahoo! and Bing announced big moves in the social space this week. Yahoo! announced an agreement with Facebook to share content from the social network on Yahoo! platforms. Bing announced their new social search vertical, which will aggregate updates from Twitter and Facebook and highlight trending real-time data from these services.
If you’re not in South Africa right now but are hyped for the World Cup, which kicked off today, there’s a rundown of all the ways you can make the most out of the media, including websites, mobile apps and radio/podcast coverage. And if you’re not interested in the sport itself, your inner scientist may be interested to know that there’s quite a controversy going on about the fancy new soccer ball that’s being used. The new ball is almost perfectly round, uses wind channeling technology and has a more friction-y texture. It appears to twist and turn unexpectedly mid-flight.
And finally, the most important news of the week — drum roll please…The competition stage of “So You Think You Can Dance” has just begun and Susan wants you on Team Robert. [He's a hometown boy and my massage therapist's son! Plus he has cute floppy hair! What's not to love? —Susan] Aren’t you glad you stopped by today?