March 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
3.22.12 Today, for the first time, I noticed Google+ integrating much deeper into the Google search experience. Backing up, the first level of integration included a small area above the search results pointing out connections with a search query to people or pages within an individual’s Google+. Nothing too crazy, but a subtle reminder that the people or pages you follow might have some relevance to your search.
However, Google is now taking it the next level:
In the image above (double click to enlarge if difficult to see), Google is bringing in results from all peoples and pages. Also, note the prominence of its location. It sits right next to the top 3 sponsored results and above the right hand column of sponsored ads. Furthermore, the Google+ results are much more visually compelling. What does this all mean? Here are a couple of thoughts: « Read the rest of this entry »
March 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 20. 2011. After taking a couple of days to recover from the craziness that is SXSW, I am finally getting some thoughts down on the experience. As a starter, I watned to talk about two of the keynote session I was able to attend:
Individually each keynote brought an interesting perspective on how today’s digital consumer drives change. From Billy’s perspective, the change was not all positive. For example, musicians and labels are struggling to find a business model that works despite the fact that people still love music. Furthermore, social networks and other digital interactions (i.e. ratings and reviews, blogs, etc) provide more opportunity for artists to be criticized. As it relates to Smashing Pumpkins, this has given Billy reason to think hard about what happens in his live concerts. « Read the rest of this entry »