Archive for category Uncategorized

Google owned a 65% share of U.S. Web searches in April | Technology | Los Angeles Times | RealtyGo | Blog

Google owned a 65% share of U.S. Web searches in April | Technology | Los Angeles Times.

Google led search-engine traffic in April, with 65.4% of Web searches taking place on Google-owned search sites, according to the research firm ComScore.

The Mountain View, Calif.,-based company’s search traffic, while dominating, was down slightly from March when Google-owned sites took up a 65.7% share of the market, ComScore reported.

Coming in second place last month was Yahoo, which accounted for 15.9% share of online searches, up 0.2% from March, the research firm said.

In third came Microsoft search sites, which were also up 0.2%, taking up a 14.1% slice of the market, ComScore said.

In a distant fourth place slot was the Ask Network, which nabbed a 3.0% share of online search queries, followed by AOL which had a 1.5% take in April, ComScore reported. Ask and AOL’s April numbers were each down 0.1%, the report said.

Yahoo and Microsoft’s search sites are powered by the Microsoft Bing search engine. When Yahoo and Microsoft’s search sites are combined, Bing powered a 30% share of the online search market.

Like Microsoft, Goolge too powers searches for sites it doesn’t own, one of them being AOL.

When AOL and Google’s performance is counted together, Google’s numbers rise slightly, accounting for 67.3% of searches in March and 66.9% in April.

RELATED:

Bing takes 30% of U.S. Web searches in March

Bing architect’s start-up looking to mine the moon

Google says Microsoft’s Bing is copying its search results

Advertisements

, , , , , , ,

1 Comment

Google Adds own ‘Like’ button in Foray into Social Search

Google is adding its take on the “like” button — which it is calling the “plus-one” — in its latest bid to make search more social, as well as combat the growing dominance of Facebook.

Starting this afternoon, Google will allow users to vote plus-one on search results they find useful, and to share that preference with their connections in Gchat, Gmail, Google Reader, Buzz and, soon, Twitter. Users will see both the total number of plus-one votes, as well as the names and photos of their contacts who have stated a preference.

It’s the most aggressive foray into social search to date and the first time Google has added a direct social signal into search results. Over time, Google will integrate the plus-one into the search algorithm itself so human votes will have an impact search ranking.

“When someone recommends something, that’s a pretty good indicator of quality,” said Matt Cutts, Google’s principle engineer for search. “We are strongly looking at using this in our rankings.”

Google is also adding the ability to vote plus-one on search ads. Internal tests have shown that plus-one votes increase clicks; Google won’t charge for the functionality, but expects better ads to return more plus-ones and, in turn, more clicks. Higher click-through rates can improve quality scores, meaning marketers with better ads could pay less for a given keyword or position.

“We will provide reporting in AdWords for plus-ones,” said ads group product manager Christian Oestlien. “Our belief is that advertisers will see increased performance from ads with personalized annotations.”

The changes are some of the biggest to the visual architecture of search, the classic list of blue links, as well as its functional underpinnings. Plus-one buttons and social connections are going to join a search-results page getting more and more complicated with both real-time and local-search results, in addition to search ads that have also added functionality.

Traditionally, inbound links have been the strongest indicator of relevance and component of page rank. Last year, Google added Twitter updates to also add results that are more recent. Adding the plus-one will add another social component.

“Injecting a social layer into the algorithmic search is key to relevance,” said Dave Karnstedt, CEO of Efficient Frontier. “Do a search on ‘DVD player’ today now you will see 35,000 results in less than 3 milliseconds. It’s meaningless, but if you can sort through those by people who have given a social signal and those rise to the top, I think that can only enhance the user experience.”

But the biggest move here may not be about search at all, but about taking another swing at the social networking business — and at Facebook itself. The first time users clicks on a plus-one button, they will be prompted to create a Google profile, as well as be given the opportunity to adjust privacy settings.

Microsoft’s Bing integrated Facebook “likes” into search results late last year but not into its actual algorithm, meaning a “like” has no affect on search rankings. Google has no immediate plans to add Facebook connections to the system, partly because they don’t have the right to do so. “It would depend on whether that data were available,” Mr. Cutts said.

“Its important for Google to bring in social influence into search results to prevent the social web from becoming a parallel universe,” said Bryan Wiener, CEO of 360i, a unit of Dentsu. “I do think they need to have the Facebook ‘likes’ in there because you’re going to have two webs, the social web and the open web.”

In addition, Google will allow publishers to add the plus-one button, so users can vote on content outside of search, and ultimately improve the ranking of that content in organic search results. Google has by far the largest publisher network, including websites that use DoubleClick for ad serving or Google’s ad exchange, so penetration of the plus-one will be immediate and comprehensive.

The question is whether Google can keep bad actors from gaming the plus-one system for fun or for profit. Google, to its credit, has a lot of experience filtering out attempts to game its algorithms. “The worst case is you just ignore them,” Mr. Cutts said, adding that more complexity makes that more difficult. “If you give somebody five signals — and give them five more — it can actually get harder for spammers.”

, , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

New device allows you to display PC imaging wirelessly to an HDTV, great for ‘real estate client interaction’ or webinars / RealtyGo blog |

Wireless display from your PC to your HDTV... RealtyGo blog

The Altona AT-HDAir ($219) enables you to display content from your PC to an HDTV (HDMI or VGA connections) Completely wirelessly, no cables needed, much like RealtyGo’s Mobile Real Estate Application.  The Device uses wireless technology to transmit content you are currently looking at on your PC (laptop or desktop) to an HDTV, within range. (needs to be within 30 feet but can transmit through walls).

Great for Agent-client relations in any real estate office or networking area.  Review contracts or properties on RealtyGo/MLS/Realtor.com/Zillow etc not to mention the great value add for your clients, to have a larger display  vs. huddling around your laptop or desktop computer in your office.  With the prices of HDTV’s continuing to drop you could pick up an HDTV monitor/display for anywhere between $149 and $500 depending on how large of a display you want.  Then simply put it on the desk next to you or better yet mount it on your office wall with a bracket that is adjustable and pull it out when you need it.

In the past this was available in lo-res but now it’s available in HD (720p) and it also will broadcast audio along with the video. You simply plug a small USB transmitter into your laptop/desktop PC (Windows only at this time) and then have the receiver located near your larger HDTV.

Great for the office – integrate this with a large HDTV in your near-bye conference room so Potential Buyers/Agents/Brokers can take advantage of a webinar together?

RealtyGo.co – Your Real Estate Listings Best Friend!

Special thanks to Max Pigman for turing us on to this new technology.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Starbucks expands mobile payments to all sites – USATODAY.com – RealtyGo blog

Starbucks Goes Mobile Pay!

Now you can pay for that latte with cash, credit card or mobile phone.

Starbucks (SBUX) , which tested mobile payments in select stores and Target outlets in the past year, expanded the program nationally to all its 6,800 company-owned stores starting Wednesday.

There are a handful of mobile payment experiments in operation now, including Bling Nation in Palo Alto, Calif., and Mocapay in Denver. But this is the biggest rollout to date for mobile payments, says Gwenn Bézard, analyst with the Aite Group, who follows mobile payments. Tech analysts expect substantial growth in mobile payments in coming years as more of us lead our daily lives on our phone.

 

 

“This is a more convenient way to pay,” says Starbucks Vice President Brady Brewer. “Your wallet or purse isn’t always with you, but the mobile phone is.” Customers pay using apps available on their iPhones or BlackBerrys. Download the app, and fund it with your credit card. When you reach the barista at the counter, hit the “pay” button, show the bar code, and scan it to complete the transaction. Starbucks says it’s working on an app for Android phones.

“Starbucks is using an interim technology that’s available today,” Bezard says. But he thinks the future of mobile payments will be based on a technology called near-field communications (NFC), which embeds a payment chip inside the phone.

NFC is popular in Asia, where many phones already have built-in chips, and retailers to support them. Juniper Research says $200 billion will be spent worldwide via mobile payments by 2012, up from $100 billion in 2010.Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile recently announced plans for a joint venture, Isis, to offer NFC purchasing via phones. Testing is scheduled to begin next year.

The success of its gift card sparked Starbucks’ interest in mobile payments. “Customers liked the speed of the card,” Brewer says. About one in five retail transactions are done with the card, and customers have loaded more than $1.5 billion onto them, Starbucks says.

Starbucks began testing mobile payments in 2009. To expand nationally, it had to retrofit older scanners with new ones that could accept the bar code from the apps. “We’re going to see big adoption,” Brewer says. He wouldn’t say how much the changeover cost the company.

If anyone has information at the estimated costs for starbucks to integrate this modality and upgrade their hardware and Scanners, please share. Thank You!

Starbucks expands mobile payments to all sites – USATODAY.com RealtyGo.co

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

| 01.05.11 | The Optimus Black by LG – New Smartphone

| 01.05.11 | Qualcomm looks beyond phones with $3.1B Atheros acquisition

LG and Optima Black

a press conference notable as much for its lack of an expected tablet announcement than what was announced, LG took the wraps off of the Optimus Black, the latest of its high-end phones running Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform. The Optimus Black is just 9.2mm thick, and also features a 4-inch NOVA display, which LG claimed was its most advanced display for a mobile device ever. LG said that the NOVA display reduces power consumption by 50 percent during general indoor use compared to a conventional LCD screen. The company also said that AMOLED screens consume twice as much power as NOVA to display a full white screen.

The Optimus Black runs on Android 2.2 and will be upgraded to Android 2.3. The phone has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and also has a WiFi Direct feature to allow data sharing between mobile devices. LG didn’t release pricing or name any carrier partners for the Optimus Black, but said it will be available globally in the first half of this year.

Rest assure that RealtyGo has already made advanced programming and is adding new features for your Mobile Real estate listings to take advantage of new OS – mobile hardware and operating systems. We’ll see you “and your real estate listings”  in the future!

RealtyGo.co & mobile technology, We get it!


, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Dont be fooled by “Throw Up” Companies in the “mobile” “real estate” arena..

A pun is definitely what we are going for on this one everyone!  Don’t let these infantile -quick “throw up” sites, claiming to offer mobile real estate applications make you throw up!

RealtyGo.co Real Estate Mobile application has girth to back it up. From Auto Scheduling your real estate showings to offering a robust search area for everyone, lending to better exposure and SEO for each and everyone of your Mobile Listing Codes and Listings. RealtyGo.co is the mobile real estate site of the future, today!  Our technological operating system allows members to easily spread their mobile listings everywhere; using QR codes and SMS messaging efficiently to dominate the mobile real estate space.  Copy paste your mobile listing TAG and place it anywhere HTML is accepted, or anywhere you can paste a link. Craigslist.com, any large Real estate listing company, all print and new papers and just about anywhere you can think of.

, , , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Legislation to allow Smartphones, tablets ‘on Capitol Hill’..

 

Smartphones on Capital Hill

 

 

Republican legislation will soon allow electronic devices for the first time in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to The New York Times. In a document known as the Speaker’s Announced Policies, it is proposed that “Members may use an electronic device on the House floor as long as it doesn’t ‘impair decorum.’” A Republican spokesman Brendan Buck said that “This is not free license to Skype or pay bills online. But we recognize that people consume information electronically these days. It’s just silly that the House wouldn’t accommodate that.

RealtyGo.co offers a variety of topics and interesting information in regards to mobile phone technology and real estate. If you have a great idea please leave a comment and let us know what’s on your mind.

Visit RealtyGo.co for all your QR Code Real Estate.

http://www.RealtyGO.co

Capitol Hill goes Tech!

 

 

, , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a comment