17 Dec

Twitpic vs Flickr for Twitter Pictures

When I first started using Twitter I used Twitpic to send pictures from my phone.   It was a very handy, easy way to upload pictures.  I already had a Flickr account and wanted to find a way to post my pictures to my existing picture library.  After a little investigating I found out how to send pictures from Flickr to Twitter.  Now when I want to send a picture to Twitter I just email it to my Flickr account and presto is shows up on Twitter and in my Flickr Stream.

The following is a simple comparison between the two services.  Some of the functionality on Flickr is available after you’ve uploaded the picture.

I might have missed a feature or two.  Feel free to let me know if I have.

Flickr Logo Twitpic Logo
Fullsize Flickr Icon Twitpic Icon
Comments Flickr Icon Twitpic Icon
Tags Flickr Icon Twitpic Icon
Email to Twitter Flickr Icon Twitpic Icon
Friends Flickr Icon
Submit to Groups Flickr Icon
Editable Title Flickr Icon
Editable Description Flickr Icon
Long Descriptions Flickr Icon
HTML in Descriptions Flickr Icon
Image Editing Flickr Icon
Enhanced Stats Flickr Icon
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15 Dec

SERP Ranking Confusion

There was a time when the search engine results page that you saw was the same SERP that I saw. That changed a couple of years ago with personalized search. The results Google would show you would changed based on your web history. Visit your company site more often and that page would start to show up at the top of the listings, for YOU.

The variation in search engine results pages meant that you couldn’t be sure how well your site was being ranked. I never subscribed to the “be number one for your keyword” mentality. Sure it’s important to rank well but I”d rather focus helping you generate more sales by getting more qualified visitors to your site. Yes, sometimes that means ranking well for a popular search term but your ranking in the SERPs does indicate how well your site is doing.

Up until a few days ago if you wanted to wanted to see the results without customizations you simply logged out of your Google account. That is no longer the case. Google now customizes searches for everyone regardless of whether you are signed in or not. You can still see the search results without customizations by clicking on the “view customizations” link. From that page you can view “without these improvements”.

view customizations

view customizations

Search marketing just got a bit harder. It will be more difficult for you to overcome the inertia created by the the preferences of your client if you are not already well placed in the SERP. Once your client finds the site they like unseating the incumbent will be much harder. It might be time to invest in Google Adwords in order to get your ad in front of your clients.

07 Dec

Twitter Real-Time Search in Google

It would appear that Google is working on the problem associated with real time search.  Twitter currently has the market cornered on real time information gleaned from tweets.  Back in October Google signed a deal with Twitter to index tweets and return them in the search results.  Very soon we will see real-time results when performing certain searches in Google.

It will be interesting to see how this has an impact on user behaviour.  Will Twitter become more relevant or less?  Google also struck a deal with Facebook so we can expect to see more of that content appear in the Google index.