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…]

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Updated June 23, 2011

Doc Sheldon

It’s been an interesting few months! As always, someone, somewhere always had their scivvies in a bunch, over something!. Google Instant got a number of folks into an uproar, as did Google Scroll. Along came Panda, bringing with it, a predictable swarm of Article Marketing is Dead convos.

The New York Times started what seems to have become a campaign of outing sites for shady practices, and casting aspersions on the SEO industry, in the process. Doncha just love responsible journalism?

Google continues to be under fire, waiting for service of subpoenas from the FTC for its anti-trust investigation. The irony of them being accused of doing what the FTC gave them explicit permission to do seems to have escaped notice in Washington. But then, much escapes notice on the Beltway. Speaking of anti-trust!

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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…]

Linked Data – The Key to the Semantic Web

Updated February 28, 2011

Doc Sheldon

Linked Data is another brainchild of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. You may remember him… the unfortunate fellow that thought he had invented something worthwhile, that sadly never quite took off… something called the “World Wide Web”?

Okay, it kinda took off… in a small way. At least the poor fellow found a job… he’s Director of W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). 😉

TimBL makes the critical distinction between documents and data. In a nutshell, documents are things you and I can read, while data is the stuff that can be read by machines, and understood. [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…]