Another One Bites the Dust? I Don’t Think So!

Updated November 29, 2011

Doc Sheldon

It seems there’s always a queue formed in the wings, ready to pounce on any opportunity to ring a death knell on something!

The latest “death” reported is Google+.

Both Forbes (in August) and Slate (earlier this month) each made their respective declarations that Google+ was dead or dying.

I’m certainly in the camp that says that Google is dragging their feet in rolling out all the nuances of G+. But dead? I think not. They apparently have a plan, and as is the case with much that goes on in the ‘Plex, we don’t know what’s to come or why they’re taking their time. [Read more…]

M.C. Hammer is Stepping Out to a Catchy Tune

Updated October 23, 2011

Doc Sheldon

M.C. HammerMy plan today was to catch up on some writing for me, but  Stanley K. Burrell, best known to his public as M.C. Hammer, kept coming to mind. His announcement at the Web 2.0 Summit of an upcoming launch of WireDoo caused a few jaws to hit the floor. I have to admit, I found myself wondering the last couple of days, what possesses someone to get into the search game, of all things? [Read more…]

How is Social Graph Integration Affecting the SERPs?

Updated April 16, 2011

Doc Sheldon

In the Friday Dojo Chat, David and Terry shared some findings they unearthed during their run-up to the Regulators show. They found a number of interesting bits about the Social Graph integration into the SERPs, as well as some +1 findings.

While I listened to the Regulators program last night, I played around in Google a little, trying to duplicate what Dave was describing. I wasn’t able to duplicate all his results, but I did manage to see one thing that apparently didn’t occur for him.

For instance, he noticed that Google is even looking at secondary connections. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see that example, and couldn’t find any evidence of it myself. [Read more…]

Mashable, PLEASE! Pluck my Eyes Out!

Updated April 11, 2011

Doc Sheldon
Computer and desk

I WISH mine were this tidy!

I spend a lot of time at my computer. From roughly 8am ’til 11pm, seven days a week, with the occasional lunch, dinner or potty break. Now, I’d love to be able to say those are all billable hours, but sadly, they’re not. I have a lot of work, but I also have a lot of peripheral tasks. I read, for instance (when I’m not volleying ideas back and forth in the Dojo, sending off quotations or dipping my oar in some thread on a forum like V7N).

I have a list of about two dozen SEO and Marketing blogs that I keep a daily watch on, several feeds that I like to follow and two or three on-line newspapers that I like to at least scan. I also receive 300-500 emails every day, at least 100 of which bear close reading, and maybe 30 or 40 that require a reply. I keep a close eye on my Twitter stream and Facebook wall, and make it a point to keep tabs on what’s going on in the Dojo chat room. [Read more…]

Page to Replace Schmidt as Google CEO

Updated January 20, 2011

Doc Sheldon

On April 4th, Larry Page will take the reins from Eric Schmidt as CEO of Google. I, for one, am pleased to hear this, for a couple of reasons.

First, let me say that I have no doubt that Eric is a capable businessman. When Sergey and Larry recruited him from Novell, he already had 20 years of notable achievements as an internet strategist and developer of technologies. They didn’t recruit him because they thought he was a dummy.

And growing the Google infrastructure in pace with their phenomenal growth over the last ten years was no small task, particularly when also managing to log an impressive 28% increase over the previous year’s profits.

Still, we all have our strengths and our weaknesses, and Schmidt’s Achilles’ heel seems to have been his inability to think his comments through before making them public. [Read more…]