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I’m Joining the Local Search Association

Tweet When I was hired by The Kelsey Group in 2000 I had limited understanding of the dynamics of the local business market. I had been at TechTV (now defunct) working on a show called “Working the Web” about small business and e-commerce. At Kelsey I later ran a program called “Interactive Local Media,” which […]

Microsoft Is Now Likely Foursquare Buyer

Tweet In my view it’s only a matter of time before Foursquare is acquired. We’re waiting for the company to launch its redesigned app but I’m skeptical that it will generate significant new momentum. I could be wrong. I’ve always thought that Yahoo was the likely Foursquare buyer for several reasons. (Google might try to buy the […]

Zillow’s Success Based on “Big Data”

Tweet Zillow formally announced this morning that it was buying Trulia in an all-stock transaction worth $3.5 billion. I have followed both of these companies — less so after their IPOs — since their pre-launch days. (Makes me feel old.) I recall my initial pre-launch meeting with Zillow’s then CEO Rich Barton. There were numerous real estate sites […]

Local SERP in ‘Turmoil’ after Google ‘Pigeon’ Algorithm Update

Tweet Search Engine Land reported last night that Google has implemented a new algorithm that in some cases radically changes the look and feel of the SERP for local queries. SEL has named the update “pigeon” (Google hasn’t disclosed a name). Here’s what Google told SEL: Google told us that the new local search algorithm ties […]

God-Zillia: Trulia-Zillow Combo Would Dominate Online Real Estate

Tweet Zillow is reportedly in talks to buy its biggest rival Trulia for roughly $2 billion according to Bloomberg. Both are public, though Zillow is the more valuable company by roughly 3X. Zillow and Trulia are the number one and two US real estate sites respectively. Depending on whose list you consult either Yahoo Homes […]

Google I/O: Google Extending Its Business

Tweet I’m headed into San Francisco to attend Google I/O this morning. I’ll be in the audience for the keynote where Google will likely show off or announce: New smartwatches using Android Wear A new TV entertainment/gaming system and or a new set-top box Android in the car New efforts around Nest and the connected home The […]

Yahoo Maps: Now with Street View-Like Images, Courtesy of Nokia

Tweet Nokia’s HERE Maps provide the data and functionality behind Yahoo Maps. Yesterday Nokia announced (thanks Max Minzer) a number of major UI improvements for HERE Maps. Many people love HERE maps but in my view HERE has lagged Google and, yes, Apple in important respects despite having a number of advanced features (e.g., offline maps in mobile). A Nokia blog […]

Google Retools SMB Services with New “Google My Business” Suite

Tweet Google is addressing confusion, complexity and the grumblings of many SMBs and local SEOs with its new simpler and more integrated toolset: Google My Business. GMB supersedes Google+ Pages and Google Places and is a kind of “one stop shop” for managing listings and exposure on Google and Google+ across device platforms. I characterized […]

Fatdoor Is Back: The Neighborhood Network Relaunches (with Drones)

Tweet Before Nextdoor there was Fatdoor. And you may or may not recall Fatdoor wanted to be what Nextdoor has essentially become: a neighborhood-based social network. In many respects Fatdoor was ahead of its time, trying to bring the online and physical worlds together. It predated the mobile revolution, which might have helped the original […]

Apple Maps’ Expanding Data Sources

Tweet When Apple first launched its own maps a couple of years ago people tried to figure out which data vendors and sources the company was working with. The likely sources wouldn’t talk and neither would Apple. I asked Waze and Factual directly and neither would confirm or deny a deal with Apple. Then Marc […]