Saturday, July 29, 2006

The ageless refinance boom in trendy Apex, NC

Google Trends is a great tool for understanding the current search zeitgeist and how it breaks out geographically. However it is not without its peculiarities.

According to these screenshots, Apex, NC is far and away the center of in refinance and antiaging searches on the internet.

But Apex is just a small town in North Carolina. What is going on, Google?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Wrong websites assigned to Google Local business listings

Below, I am seeing this with many google local searches, where the website associated with a listing clearly doesn't match the listed business. I am interested in any theories as to how google associates these websites to the listed businesses.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Google serving maps in local searches

Searching for my own company with city and state American Home Mortgage now brings up a huge mapped listing at the top of the search engine results page.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Gomobo = Kozmo 2.0?

Here it is again, short messaging giving you... food. As if it were hard to get food in Manhattan, you can now text your order via Gomobo and they'll charge your credit card and place the order for you.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

mobi local mobile

The buzz over .mobi is just another indication of where we're headed. Even now, the concept of "cyberspace" (sounds so 1993), for most people is limited to sitting at desktop or laptop, staring at a screen. How will 2007, 2008 begin to look, as we begin to get Ipod that's always online (rumored to be in development by Microsoft)? Adsense served to mobile phones based on next generation Dodgeball GPS type platform? more than likely.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Kenneth Lay, Wikipedia and current events

Wikipedia is such a great analogy for our current take on "truth". As soon as The New York Times and other media outlets announced this morning of the untimely death of Kenneth Lay, conspiracy abounded, virus like - across the internet. Every blogger had a theory. Later that day Reuters
published an interesting article about how Lay's biography in Wikipedia was modified scores of times throughout the day, colaboratively limping its way to some sort of definitive conclusion.