Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Google Updates its PageRank on New Year’s Evening

According to a confirmation message from Google Software Engineer Matt Cutts on twitter(Check the image below) it is now confirmed that Google has updated its PageRank values that are displayed on the Google Toolbar.

From this update climbs to Google PageRank 10 and joins the elite club

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Send Money Through Twitter With Twitpay

Twitter a popular social networking site which helps in connecting with friends, family and stay connected with popular people around the world like Bill Gates and other popular divas like Britney Spears is soon opening its doors to transfer money over the web.

Twitpay a start-up company allows people to send small payments through Twitter. All you need to avail this service is an account in Twitter. You need to include the recipients’ username in the message along with amount which you are willing to transfer. For example, posting the update “@krishnat twitpay $8 for dinner” would deliver the cash to that Twitterer’s Twitpay account. The company tarcks the public stream of messages for the term “twitpay” and helps in the exchange of money. You replenish your Twitpay account using a site like PayPal. Once if recipients accumulates more than $10 in their accounts, the balance can be cashed out in the form of an Amazon gift card. All transfers exceeding a $1 sum, Twitpay will make a flat cut of five cents.

Michael D. Ivey chief executive and co-founder of Twitpay says “Ideally we want to enable social giving on Twitter,” he said. “But beyond that, we could enable charitable giving, such as to the Red Cross. We’re very excited to be able to help people do good over Twitter.” and that their service makes it easier for people to donate money during a disaster like Earthquake or an Hurricane.

Twitpay has no official ties to Twitter, and it allows people to post messages up to 140 characters in length. The service seems to be still in a trial phase, but Mr. Ivey said the company was actively working to obtain funding and is in discussions with several groups.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Most Popular Searches on Google, Ask, and Yahoo in 2008

Are you keen to know what are the most popular searches on the most popular search engines Google, Yahoo and Ask. Search engines has revealed the stats for 2008. To start with Google
A) Google hasn't revealed most popular searches yet. But, Some of the season's top searches on Google Product Search are
1. nintendo wii
2. wii fit
3. ipod touch
4. xbox 360
5. nintendo ds
6. ipod nano
7. uggs
8. nikon d90
9. zune
10. digital picture frame

Some of the top searches in the Cold Weather apparel category:
1. pea coat
2. north face jacket
3. sweater dress
4. sweater boots
5. leather jacket
6. christmas sweater
7. ugly christmas sweater
8. houndstooth coat
9. burton jacket
10. dog sweater

B) Top 10 Searches for 2008 in Yahoo
1. Britney Spears
2. WWE
3. Barack Obama
4. Miley Cyrus
5. RuneScape
6. Jessica Alba
7. Naruto
8. Lindsay Lohan
9. Angelina Jolie
10. American Idol

C) Ask Top 2008 Searches
1. Dictionary
2. MySpace
3. Google
4. YouTube
5. Facebook
6. Coupons
7. Cars
8. Craigslist
9. Online degrees
10. Credit score

Seems like there is lost of difference in the searches made in all the search engines. Quite contrary results in general from all. Are you Surprised !!!. Hmm infact I'm

Google fixes Spam in its Algorithm

I have accidentally come across in a Google Groups thread which has a response from Matt Cutts of Google explaining their was a bug in Google's algorithm for detecting content spam due to an IFrame. There was a discussion regarding censorship asked by a member in the Google Webmaster forum and it goes like this

DId google censor content? I get no hits of articles
on this site.
for which Matt replies in this way

"Hi, we looked into this, and the blog in question was ranking lower in
our search results because of an algorithmic error that has now been
fixed; the site's drop in our search results had nothing to do with
the views expressed on the site. Essentially, our search algorithm saw
a large area on the blog that was due to an IFRAME included from
another site and that looked spammy to our automatic classifier. I
believe that this bug has been fixed now. We also added additional
safety checks to the relevant system that would escalate to an
engineer if this site had the same issue in the future.

The site should be ranking higher in Google within 24 hours according
to the people that I talked to. Thanks for mentioning the site on this
discussion group to give us feedback--I appreciate it.
Matt Cutts
Google Software Engineer "

SRobert, we adjusted the algorithm in question to make more robust, so
the change also benefits any other sites there were affected.

Its very rare we often find Matt replying to someone in the forum and this has caught my attention. From the above explanation you could see that Matt saying that Google had an "algorithmic error" because of an "IFRAME" included from another site which looked as spam to its "automatic classifier".

More information can be found in the Google Groups
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