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Bit.ly Adds Reputation Monitoring & Social Search

Bit.ly Adds Reputation Monitoring & Social SearchThe team behind Bit.ly, a popular link shortener, has been diligently working on turning its giant collection of link data into valuable offerings. Yesterday, it announced the beta launch of two of them: a search platform and reputation monitoring service specifically for "viral" content.

Designing Digital Services for Knowledge Workers: Good Enough is not Good Enough

While the workforce is increasingly occupied with knowledge work, it is not seen nearly as business critical as production or service delivery. For this reason, many knowledge workers have had to put up with poorly designed enterprise digital services. Executives and decision-makers must learn that “good enough” is just not good enough when it comes to designing digital services for enterprise use.

Google+ Gets Real-Time, Hashtags for Search

Having just had Google+ inadvertently slated in public by one of its own, Google's developers are still pushing out new features to the fledgling social service while Larry Page discussed it at length in a Google call.

Marketing the Benefits of Enterprise Search & Search Vendor Products

For the last few months I have been working on a project for the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (an agency of the European Commission) to prepare a techno-economic assessment of the enterprise search industry and market in Europe. I’m not in a position to disclose the outcomes of the project, but in the course of the research I did examine how organizations went about selecting an enterprise search solution, and looked at the websites of around 60 vendors. At the same time I was working on an intranet strategy project for a European company with over 40,000 employees world-wide and no enterprise search capability! In this column I’ve summarized some of my conclusions from these two projects.

A Week in Google: Google Cloud SQL, Hashtags in Plus & a Lack of Ice Cream Sandwiches

This week the Google-verse provided fans with Google Cloud SQL, a Twitter-esque feature in Plus, and better options for UN-sharing. 

Lucid Imagination's LucidWorks 2.0 Makes Open Search Attractive to the Enterprise

lucidLogosmall.pngLucid Imagination has announced the latest version of its commercially supported Lucene/Solr distribution, LucidWorks Platform 2.0. The release is squarely focused on putting open-source search inside the enterprise, and despite what you may have heard, Lucid Imagination wants to make it clear it is not an enterprise search vendor.

Evri Launches Topic and Social Based News Reader for the iPad

logo_evri_2011.gifSocially-curated news reader apps are now becoming the choice method of accessing news content on tablets like the iPad. With magazine-like looks and touch-friendly interfaces, apps like Flipboard, Zite, Pulse and even the upcoming Google Propeller give a social aspect to reading news and interesting feature stories online. Joining the mix is Evri, a mobile app developer that will debut its iPad application today.

A SEO Primer for the Social Media Pro

Social media strategists are often separated from the SEO and web teams. This is unfortunate because they seek the same goals -- awareness of the website and engagement with the audience. SEO has evolved as a sophisticated but largely separate discipline from social media and community development. As a result the social media strategist is often left out of the loop when it comes to SEO best practices.

Bing Search Gets Handy Tools as Microsoft Continues to Invest

Bing Search Gets Handy Tools as MIcrosoft Continues to InvestWith news that Microsoft has spent US$ 5.5 billion on its Bing search engine, those using its new 'action buttons' might wonder where the money has gone.

Publishing for Tablets: Going Native?

So where were we? In the first article of this series, What You Need To Know About iOS and Android, we decided that the wise publisher currently targets iOS first and Android second. In a second article, Data Formats for Fixed and Flowable Content, we agreed that HTML is the sensible way to expose a publisher’s content to the world. Today we’ll talk about how we take this content and create wonderful tablet apps.

Three Lessons for Social SEO

SEO strategists can no longer ignore the impact of social media. Gone are the days when meta tag keywords and a smattering of comments on competitive blogs would boost search rankings. In short, social media and SEO are a match-made for giving traditional cross channel marketing efforts a badly needed boost.

Social Media Changes and Challenges for SEO

The growth and acceptance of social media and Enterprise 2.0 technology has shifted customer expectations for company interaction. Inside the walls of the business, these shifts are bringing together two groups that have often remained separate. SEO strategists traditionally focused on gaining company awareness are now coming together with social media experts to better understand the impact of social media on SEO. Both realms stand to benefit. SEO teams gain awareness amplification when the social teams are most effective. And the social media teams enjoy boosted engagement and conversation participation when highly effective SEO teams bring new audiences into the social media engagement spaces.

Apache Lucene/Solr 3.4.0 Released, Brings Improved Indexing, Faster Search, Bug Fixes

Apache Lucene/Solr 3.4.0 Released, Brings Improved Indexing, Faster Search, Bug FixesSearch is an integral component of any enterprise content management system. Whether you run content mainly for external clients, or as an internal knowledge base, finding the right information at the right time will usually spell the difference between success and difficulty in search -- hence the importance of an up-to-date enterprise search engine. The Apache Lucene Project Management Committee has announced the latest Lucene/Solr release, which will ensure searches are on the mark, with optimized indexing and search, as well as bug fixes.

Vizibility Adds Mobile Tookit to Online Identity Management Platform

vizibility_logo_2011.jpgDefining your online identity has never been more important and Vizibility has the tools to help you prioritize what others can find out about you when they Google you or your company.

7 Ways to Ensure Your Lucene/Solr Implementation Fails

The emergence of Google and other web search engines has made search pervasive. It has created a generation of users that expect to locate information at work as easily as they can at home online. But, often that is not the reality. Implement a tool to find stuff. How difficult could that possibly be? Ask anyone that has ever implemented anything but the simplest search solution, and they’ll likely agree -- pretty freaking hard.

Here are a few things to avoid to not make your enterprise search implementation even harder.

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