Yahoo and Bing

Bing Edition - The Twitter Hashtags Twitter Handles Refinement

Twitter Hashtags Bing Edition

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Granted we're talking about Bing and while it only accounts for a small share of search comparatively to Google, taking notice of the steps it is taking to connect how Twitter tags and handles are a part of search within it's engine is important.

Chances are you've used Twitter and are familiar with the use of hashtags.

There's a ton of information that gets circulated, added and discussed on Twitter through the hashtags and of course by it's users.

Bing is now updating it's search engine empowering users to be able to search with hashtags and search for Twitter user handles. This is obviously a nice step, as you find the same functionality in Google.

For those that prefer to use Bing, this is a welcome addition that you can start seeing now directly within search as you perform your queries.

While it doesn't happen for every search query made, different searches may generate tweets either related to the search or by that individual in the case that you are searching for a specific celebrity or popular person that has a twitter account.

If you're looking for a specific topic or maybe one of many trending topics, using Bing you would enter # and then the topic of interest. If you're looking for a specific handle in Bing, you would type in @ and then the handle or name.

As you would assume, factors that make a difference in how this new twitter refinement in the search engine works, the more influence or authority a topic or user has, they are more likely to come up first in results.

Expect to see many celebrity or big influencers at the top of search results.

As someone trying to improve recognition of my own brand online, for instance on Twitter from now on I would tweet with the following at the end of my tweets #candidwriter since I can imagine that branding for small businesses may be able to use this effectively even if they don't show up on the top pages for search terms.

Hashtags may realistically be another route to getting more visibility through Bing.

Remember how PPC could circumvent having to spend countless hours on SEO and getting to the top pages organically based on a bidding system.

This may well be PPC reinvented. I could certainly envision a paid option for hashtags in the future as Bing continues to refine how this will work over time.

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Youtube RSS Feeds Going Down Down Down

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That's right, you heard it.. the ship is going down ! Now why would Youtube shut down it's RSS feed ? Who knows... RSS feeds are great for anyone that doesn't want to hassle with going to the website to access and manage a lot of updates and information from their favorite websites

. RSS readers allow you to subscribe to a feed and everytime there's an update, you can simply read it on your feed. As for the mindset behind this move, again that's anyone's guess, but from an outsider looking in, I don't see the benefit.

This change happened a few days ago and what the Youtube feed allowed people to do was take "anyone's" Youtube account and add it to their reader which added a LOT of convenience to follow your favorite Youtuber's. Now don't get me wrong... you can still keep up with any user you want to on Youtube, but you'll have to do it manually from now on.. bummer right, until they come up with another solution for this change that has recently taken place.

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Yahoo Mobile Search Engine Idea

Interestingly enough Apple and Google aren't BFF's, so all things considered, Apple might be open to taking a semi serious look at Yahoo. While Yahoo really doesn't do much in the way of search since the Yahoo Bing alliance took place and isn't allowed quite frankly due to the nature of their deal, they are however able to look into search within apps as there is no effective way to do it at the moment. Interesting concept ?? You bet it is and I'm intrigued about what could be coming in the future with respect to a possible mobile or app search engine so to speak.

Yahoo mobile search engine

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