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May 7, 2009 - Spotting things you'll want to see today.

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Last night a Silicon Valley panel discussion revealed an important step in Twitter's search for monetization. The potential for major change in both social media and search was quickly picked up by several bloggers. Initially reported by Webware, Twitter's VP of Operations Santosh Jayaram announced that Twitter will soon begin to index the links that its users are posting and that it will develop a reputation ranking system to prioritize its conventional search. Moco News provided the short explanation of why search is so important to the Twitter phenomenon while TechCrunch went detailed regarding the significant differences between Twitter and Google search objectives. SEO Journal expounded on a critical difference - Google's legacy systems rely heavily on older established sites, a factor that could limit their ability in real time search.

ReadWriteWeb was one of several blogs that pointed to Twitter's recent default switch to URL shortener as a 'connect the dot' moment in Twitter's efforts to add link search capability. Sampad Swain immediately thought of 7 ways that web marketers will be affected while Mashable pointed to Tweefind as a precursor of things to come in prioritized realtime search. Newly minted search engine Twazzup is getting a lot of attention as a Twitter search that already integrates links.

The most useful posts of the week

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Social Media
  • Nine Twitter Tips for Business (PC World)
  • Twitter manners- how to write good tweets and be a good twittizen (Janet Fouts)
  • 5 Terrific Twitter Research Tools (Mashable)
  • 5 Steps to Creating a Rockstar LinkedIn Profile (Search Engine Marketing Group)
  • Using Saved Searches To Optimize Your FriendFeed Experience ((jeff)isageek)
  • Twitter is to Testing Social, What PPC is to SEO (Aim Clear)
  • 10 Tips for Social Media Marketers (PR Squared)
  • 10 Highly Addictive Facebook Aplications (All Facebook)
  • Making The Case For Marketing To Baby Boomers On Twitter (Karner Blue)
  • Twitter Analytics : Which usage behavior attracts many followers? (Liffe Analytics)
  • 29 Twitter Apps for the iPhone Compared (Mashable)

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Search Marketing
  • The 10 Commandments of PageRank Sculpting (SitePoint)
  • Greatest Linkbuilding Story Ever Told (Search Engine Journal)
  • 17 Ways to Accelerate Links to Your Link Bait (Search Engine People)
  • 30 Common SEO Mistakes (Conversion Counts)
  • How Google Determines the Relevance of a Page (SitePoint)
  • New SEO Tools and SEMToolBar for Firefox (Bruce Clay)
  • 10 Things You Can Do To Optimize for Image Search (Search Engine Journal)
  • Geo-Qualifiers In Your Keywords and Ads Can Give Your Local PPC A Boost! (PPC Hero)
  • 2 Ways to Compare Link Power of Two or More Sites (Daily SEO Tip)
  • How To Write Alt Tags (Search Engine Optimization)

User Experience
  • 10 Reasons Why Visitors Do Not See Your Calls To Action (SEO Scoop)
  • Optimizing Conversion Rates: Less Effort, More Customers (Smashing)
  • 42 Amazing Resources for Inspirational Typography (Specky Boy)
  • How to Create a Slick and Clean Button in Photoshop (Six Revisions)
  • 85+ of the Best Twitterers Designers Should Follow (Mashable)
  • 5 absolutely must read books for every web designer (Brian Cray)

  • The secret to great email newsletters (Andy Sernovitz)
  • Papa John's Out-Of-The Pizza-Box Email Strategies (Email Insider)
  • Turner, Target, Others Testing Video in Email (Online Media Daily)
  • What do your calls-to-action say about you? (Retail Email)
  • Email Idea: Friends & Family Email Exclusive (VR Marketing Blog)
  • Anti-Spam Products Are More Than the Sum of Their Parts (All Spammed Up)

  • Google Analytics Adding Two Advanced Features (Search Engine Land)
  • Have an ecommerce website? Here are 5 things you should be tracking! (KissMetrics)
  • Google Analytics & AdSense Integration (Google Inside)
  • An easy way to spot quality traffic (Google Analytics Blog)

Radar Screen

  • Kindle DX: What the Experts Really Think (PC World)
  • FriendFeed is absorbing more Twitter users, and that's good for Twitter (Venture Beat)
  • Thinking about Refreshing the Firefox Icon (Mozilla Blog)
  • Facebook Begins Heavily Promoting Mobile Services (All Facebook)
  • Twazzup - new Twitter search engine (Phil Bradley)
  • Google Offers 3D Rendering in the Browser (sitepoint)
  • Yahoo Upgrades Web Analytics Tool (ClickZ)

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