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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.

Microsoft's Bing Extends Twitter Search Deal

Microsoft’s search engine Bing has managed to come to agreement with Twitter to extend its deal that incorporates Tweets into Bing, with the result that, for at least another two years, Tweets will be searchable through Bing.

Yahoo for Sale After CEO Bartz Firing?

Yahoo for Sale After CEO Bartz Firing?After sacking its CEO Carol Bartz yesterday, it now seems like Yahoo is putting itself on the market for potential acquisition.

Google to Use +1 Data in Search Ranking, Tweak Algorithm to Fight Content Scrapers

Google is always on the lookout for ways to combat search and web spam. In an effort to include crowdsourced information in its algorithm, the company is asking for user input, and is likewise considering adding Google+ +1 shares as a factor in search engine results page (SERP) ranking.

10 Features That Will Make Your SharePoint Search Shine

Search giants like Google and Bing provide powerful features that allow you to do great things with search. But, do you know about the possibilities available with SharePoint search? We’ve pulled together 10 ways to help you make your SharePoint search shine. You might be surprised at all of the exciting new features available with SharePoint search.

Politician Wants to Ban PowerPoint; Would He Get Your Vote?

Politician Wants to Ban PowerPoint; Would He Get Your Vote? That's a hypothetical question, unless you're in Switzerland, but he makes an interesting point. Would presentations be more interesting if the speaker didn't get to rely on whizzy graphics and effects of PowerPoint?

A Week in Google: Throwing Away Old Social Acquisitions, Gaining Records Mgmt & Infinite Scrolling

This week in Google world the Internet giant signaled its satisfaction with Plus by trimming away some of the fat. That is, it started tossing the old social acquisitions that didn't lead anywhere. At the same time, Google users gained a records management perk, as well as a bit more of that whole infinite scrolling thing. 

SharePoint in the Enterprise: Best Uses, Trends, Tools & Strategies

I recently attended and spoke at the SharePoint Saturday: The Conference this August 2011. My presentation was around real world applications on SharePoint: ideas, trends we’re seeing and actually uses. I also had the opportunity to speak with several experts in the field, and some current and future consumers of SharePoint. Here’s what most of the buzz was about.

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