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Youtube Insights Shows Unique View Counts

youtube logoJason Kincaid at Techcrunch reports that YouTube has just released a brand new feature inside Youtube Insights which allow YouTubers’ to find how many unique visitors are watching their produced videos.

Even though YouTube videos displays their view counts to the public, It doesn’t really represent the true ‘unique views’. So if your friend watches your video 100 times – your video will show 100 views, even though
in reality its only 1 person watching it 100 times. But with this cool new addition in Youtube Insights, now the video produces will really get an idea about how many unique views their videos get.

youtube analytics

How Do I See my Video’s Unique View Counts?

To access this feature, simply go to the YouTube Insights page of your video and click ‘Show Unique Users’ under the ‘Views’ tab.

You should see a thin yellow line representing unique views alongside the standard green line showing absolute views.

Do you have any new youtube tips/news to share? Reply in comments!


Mashable Open Web Awards Winners

Mashable People Choice Award Winners Mashable has just announced the winners of The 2nd Annual Open Web Awards – which is a multilingual, international online voting competition that covers major innovations in web technology. They did a online nomination & voting to recognize the top website and services in 26 different categories.

Saadkamal.com is proud to be one of the Mashable’s official blog partner, as we have contributed our fair share of time and effort to promote this grand web event which eventually made it the biggest Open Web Awards to date with over 50,000 Total nomination and 90,000 votes in the final round.

To find out which sites and companies have won the award, head over to Mashable.

Below, I have sort of produced a streamlined version of the winners:

Social News

Winner: Help a Reporter Out
Runner-up: Hubdub

Social Shopping

Winner: Pikaba
Runner-up: A Full Cup

Mobile Applications

Winner: Evernote
Runner-up: MocoSpace

For the complete list head over to Mashable now.


Twingly Introduced BlogRank and lists Top 100 Blogs

twingly-blog-rank Twingly is a pretty new social blog search engine that lets you search blogs and also perform certain social action (E.g. voting). Recently they have launched a new ranking metric for blogs called – BlogRank (e.g. Like Google’s PageRank) as a way to identify and rank the Top 100 most important blogs in 12 different languages based on their proprietary ranking system. This does seem like what Technorati already does with their “Authority Ranking”.

Personally I like the idea of breaking the blog rank into different segments in accordance to the different blog audience market. However, Having said that – I was hoping if someone could actually come up with a blog ranking based on “country” rather than the language of the blog.

Because a Language like English is so widely spoken that its used as one of the primary language of many blogs regardless of their origin. So the main problem of the current blog rank system is, even if a blogger is from India, he is actually competing with the blogs in the US (Because his language is English).

If the ranking was based on country of origin, then a lot of bloggers from the different parts of the world would get the local recognition that they deserve. And It will also help the users as users are often interested to find out what other blogs are out there from their own local community.

Anyway, Twingly has released a list of Top 100 blog today which is of course very similar to the Technorati Top 100. When someone asked twingly on twitter, how they are actually ranking the sites, they mentioned that they are currently looking at links and Social votes (e.g. Likes).

I tried the Twingly search and I must say that they have done a pretty good job overall. They have a nice little bar on the top which lets you sort the result according to Date, Rank, Links. You can also sort your search result page based on when the blogs were last updated and so on. However, I noticed that Twingly doesn’t show the URL of the blog or the post in their result page. But I believe displaying the URL as necessary as it can help the user to filter out the results more easily.

twingly-screen

So if you have a blog and you want people to find you via Twingly, Don’t forget to ping Twingly!


Microsoft has TradeMarked Kumo

microsoft-live-search-rebrand-kumoFew weeks back I wrote about a possibility that Microsoft may re-brand their live search as Kumo.com.

At that time, all the speculation was based on the fact that they have acquired the domain – Kumo.com. However now it just got more interesting, as LiveSide is reporting that Microsoft has even trademarked the name Kumo.

Word Mark
KUMO

Goods and Services
IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: computer software and hardware; including computer search engine software and downloadable software
IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: advertising services including dissemination of advertising for others via the Internet, business services including providing links to the websites of others, providing consumer and product information
IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: telecommunication services, including receipt and delivery of information, messages, documents, images and other data by electronic transmission
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: education; providing of training; entertainment, including entertainment services via Internet search engines
IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: design and development of computer hardware and software; computer services including search engine services and the providing of downloadable and non-downloadable software
Filing Date
December 4, 2008
Owner
(APPLICANT) Microsoft Corporation CORPORATION WASHINGTON One Microsoft Way Redmond WASHINGTON 980526399

In Kumo’s trademark filing Microsoft says that the name Kumo could be used for various purposes, including “computer search engine software,” “advertising services including dissemination of advertising for others via the Internet,” and “computer services, including search engine services.”

Interesting, don’t you think? More discussion going on at Techmeme.


Google Adsense for Dormant Domains

Tamar @ Search Engine Roundtable reported that Google has expanded their Adsense for Domains to all publishers.

What is Adsense for Domains?

Adsense for domains is a way for you to show Google adsense ads in your dormant domains. (Domains that are currently not in use). So this service is simmilar to the “paid parking” service that you are probably familiar of. Adsense for domains was available to selected adsense publisher for quite some time, but it seems like Google has decided to open it up everyone.

What is My Take on Adsense for Domains?

  • If you are a Publisher, you can by all means try it out and go for it. So If you got 1000 dormant domains, go ahead and install Adsense for domains on each of them…Pollute the web even more. (I’m assuming Google is going to index all of your sites because thats how they are supposed to make money right?).
  • If you are an Advertisers, Bad news for you! If you are currently bidding on the content networks, Google has not provided any option yet to opt-out from your ads showing in those low-quality dormant domains. So you might end up spending a lot more on Adwords Content Network for poor / low quality traffic that might not convert for you. (Not everyone is as lucky as Efficient Frontier)
  • Google has strict policy about displaying advertisements on pages that doesn’t have any content. From Google’s Adsense TOS:

    – No Google ad may be placed on any non-content-based pages.

    – No Google ad may be placed on pages published specifically for the purpose of showing ads, whether or not the page content is relevant.

    Now my question is, if they can allow running ads on dormant domains (which has no content, btw), why wouldn’t they allow running adsense ads on non-content based pages. Aren’t they just contradicting themselves?

  • Google always talks about “search quality” and “user experience”. Now I certainly don’t see parked pages being indexed & possibly ranked in Google to help in any of those. If the domain is undeveloped how / why would users even look for ‘relevant information’ there and why would it be even included in the Google Index? (To fool user in clicking those ads…?)

Is Whats up with Google? Are they becoming too Selfish & Commercial? Share your views in comments!

Update: Techcrunch points to this Guide – which basically shows you how an advertiser can block Domain Parked Sites in Google AdWords.


WordPress 2.7 Coltrane is Out

Download WordPress 2.7WordPress has just made the official launch of WordPress 2.7 Coltrane. (Download it Now!).

WordPress 2.7 provides an interface that is amazingly flexible – As a user you will have the ultimate control over the way you want to arrange things. You can simply drag & drop items in your dashboard arrange them in any order you want.

The new release also offers features that users have been requesting for a long time. Some of them includes – “sticky posts” – posts that can remain stuck on your blog as the first post even though additional posts are published after that. (This is a useful feature if you are using your wordpress blog more like a CMS than just a blog). Now wordpress users have the ability to do more from the dashboard – users can write quick posts, moderate comments, access drafts and many more.

Watch the following video to find out whats new in WordPress 2.7 –


Google Toolbar PageRank Update Coming Soon

Some Webmasters at DigitalPoint Forums have noticed changes in their Google Toolbar PageRank recently.

Even though majority of them are yet to see any change, but all of them seem to agree that they are also seeing changes in their incoming links that is displayed by Google using the “link:domain.com” command.

My Two Cents

The last Toolbar PR update was two months back, so the PR update is well over due. Its likely that Google will be slowing rolling out the update througout this month. Stay tuned for more updates!


Send SMS from Gmail

Send SMS From Gmail Right after Gmail launched their Task Manager, they have released yet another cool feature in Gmail LabsSMS from Gmail Chat!

This brand new Gmail Labs feature Labs lets you send Text SMS right from Gmail Inbox. It combines the best parts of IM and texting: you chat from the comfort of your computer, and your friends can peck out the replies on their little mobile keyboards.

How to Send SMS from Gmail

First Log in to your Gmail Account, click on Settings, and go to the Labs tab. Scroll down until you see “Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat” and select Enable and Save Changes.

To send an SMS, You can simply type a US-phone number or into the search box in the chat window on the left, then select “Send SMS.” You can also select the contact you want to SMS first and then add their phone number.

Send SMS from Gmail

Once you give us a name for that phone number, you’ll be able to start chatting.

More Details are here and here.


Obama’s Change.gov is using Google Moderator

President Elect Barack Obama’s site Change.gov has added a new way for citizens to ask questions to the Obama Administration and vote up/down each questions asked using the Google Moderator tool which was released to the public earlier this year.

Thats not all, Barack Obama is also using Google owned Youtube, for delivering his weekly addresses to the people.

Looks like Google is pretty favored by the president to be!

[Google Blogoscoped]


Microsoft Thumbtack – Online Research Tool

Microsoft’s Live Labs has recently released a brand new online bookmarking service called Thumbtack, which allows users to compile web links, media and text snippets and store it online for future reference. Thumbtack also offers collaboration – users can share their thumbtack collections with friends and they will be able to add their own clips to it.

Whatever you collect from the web can be easily sorted using tags called ‘Collections’, which can be published to the web via RSS, embedded in blogs, shared to friends for collaboration, or kept private for your own reference.

TechCrunch points out, that Thumbtack also gives users ability to customize their look and feel by offering a set of ‘gadgets’. Initially the they provide an Address gadget that can identify addresses in clips and find them on a map, a Properties gadget that lets users to assign a price value to any specified item, and lastly a Layout gadget which users can use to organize their thumbtack workspace.

From Microsoft Live Labs Blog:

Thumbtack is an easy way to save links, photos, and anything else you find on the Web in a single place. Compare prices, colors, styles or locations at a glance. Grab the stuff you want from lots of different sites, put it into a Thumbtack collection, then get to it from anywhere you can get online.
Thumbtack uses machine learning and natural language techniques to understand the information you give it—it automatically extracts addresses, for instance, and the Address Gadget will then automatically plot that address on a map. Other gadgets help you compare items in your collection, or arrange them the way that’s easiest for you to see them.

Watch the following video to learn more about Thumbtack –

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&#038;playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:6a905d98-0332-4c3f-8b25-75737cd9b675&#038;showPlaylist=true&#038;from=shared" target="_new" title="Thumbtack Introduction">Video: Thumbtack Introduction</a>

My Two Cents

As Adam Ostrow of Mashable points out, Microsoft Thumbtack may be useful for very specific tasks like doing research online, however for bookmarking purpose – I believe the traditional bookmarking & tag based social bookmarking sites works best.

What do you think? Would you use Thumbtack? Share in Comments!


Google Search Wiki to have an Opt-Out Button

Google Search WikiMichael Arrington @ Techcrunch just reported that Google is going to provide a Opt-out button for Google Search Wiki in Quarter 1 of 2009. This is great because users who are not happy with this feature of Google, doesn’t have to rely on 3rd party plugins to disable search wiki.

At the LeWeb conference, Google’s Vice President of Search Product and User Experience – Marissa Mayers told Arrington that Google will eventually use the user data created by actions on Search Wiki to improve Google’s organic Search results.

Google will use the data to at least make obvious changes. An example is if “thousands of people” were to knock a search result off a search page, they’d be likely to make a change.


Top Google Search Phrases of 2008

For the first time, Google has released the top search queries of more than 30 countries via Google’s annual Year-End Zeitgeist.

So here are the Faster Rising Global Search queries of 2008:

  1. sarah palin – Even though Sarah Palin couldn’t win the US Election ’08 with Mccain, it seems like she was the hottest topic in Search.
  2. beijing 2008Beijing 2008 was the second hottest keyword due to the fact that it was the venue of this year’s olympic games.
  3. facebook loginFacebook, the popular social network seems to be very popular among searchers as well.
  4. tuenti – I honestly had no clue about this until I did a google search and figured that Tuenti is a popular social networking website that has been referred to as the “Spanish Facebook“.
  5. heath ledger – The legendary Actor who died in Jan 2008 was always very popular among the female audience. His last movie was a blockbuster hit- Batman: The Dark Knight.
  6. obama Barack Obama is the President-elect of the United States and the first African-American to be elected as a President.
  7. nasza klasaNasza Klasa is a very popular social networking platform for people in Poland.
  8. wer kennt wenwer kennt wen is a very popular social community in Denmark.
  9. euro 2008Euro 2008 is the UEFA European Football Championship, contested by all the European nations. This year it was hosted by Austria and Switzerland in June 2008.
  10. jonas brothers – The Jonas Brothers are an AMA-winning, Grammy-nominated American boy band.

Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Google’s Search Products & User Experience Writes:

It’s because of our inquisitive users that our annual Zeitgeist list is a true reflection of the times, with the billions of Google searches conducted every year lending us insight into our global society.

Zeitgeist is currently available for 30+ of the following countries, and can be accessed here.

My Two Cents

Its really interesting to see that localized / country specific social networking sites are doing really well even though the market often seem to be very saturated. More discussion at Techmeme.


Oxite – Microsoft’s Open Source Blogging Platform

oxite-microsoft-blogging-platform Microsoft have just released an alpha version of its own open source content management system (CMS) platform – Oxite.

What is Oxite?

Oxite is blogging flavored CMS platform that is currently available under the Microsoft Public License. Its target user base is not ‘end users’ but developers who perhaps use Microsoft’s platform to make a custom CMS or a large-scale multi user blog network. So if your small-medium business is looking to build a blog platform or CMS from scratch, your IT team may well consider making Oxite as their base platform.

Features of Oxite

Some of the major features of this new open source CMS are – Gravatars, pingbacks, trackbacks, RSS feeds, commenting, and the MetaWebLog API (which will allow your favorite blogging client to post to your Oxide blog directly).

Downside of Oxite

Oxite is based on ASP.net (Front End) and MS SQL (back end), thus when we are talking about cost of Hosting we are already looking at a major disadvantage. The reason WordPress, Drupal & other CMS are so popular because they are all written in PHP and backed up by mySQL – thus can run on any cheap linux server.

My Two Cents

Well its always great to see any ‘open-source’ product coming out from Microsoft. But Oxite will disappoint a lot of users who doesn’t want the hassle of setting up a windows server and Microsoft SQL Server for running this CMS. But for big companies or start ups who wants to create a multi user blog network, Oxite might just be be an ideal choice.

Channel 9 has a short interview with the developers of Oxite that describes some more of the software’s features and the history of its development.


LeWeb Conference 08 – Watch Free Live Stream

LeWeb Conference 2008 The 5th annual LeWeb Conference 2008 is going on right now LIVE in Paris.

LeWeb is Europe’s largest tech conference, bringing in over 1,600 attendees from 26 countries worldwide. Everybody will be able to follow LeWeb conference live and for free just like every year. The main sessions – the startup competition in the first day and the sessions in the 400 seats second room (on the second day) will be streamed live by LeWeb’s Partner Ustream.

Catch all the action Live Here – LeWeb Conference 2008


Gmail Task Manager

Gmail Logo - Gmail Task ManagerGmail has recently added a cool new feature that will allow you to sort of keep a to-do list inside your Inbox. Currently the feature is available as part of Gmail Labs and Google OS Blog predicts that this will be the most popular experimental feature.

How to Enable Gmail Tasks

Simply login to your Gmail account and head over to Gmail Labs (Settings > Labs ) and there you will be see something like the following –

So simply click on “Enable” and Save your settings and then you are done! Your Inbox will reload and you should be able to see the following link –

How to Use Gmail Tasks

Click on the “Tasks” link and it will load your Gmail Task inside your Inbox.

Now you can start adding your tasks easily by clicking anywhere on the white space inside the task panel. You can also add emails to your to-do list by simply selecting an email and clicking on “Add to Task” from the More Action Menu. Illustration provided below:

Add your Email in Gmail Task

Google Operating System blog shared some useful shortcuts of Gmail Tasks:

  • Open the tasks box by typing g then k if you have keyboard shortcuts enabled.
  • Create a task from an email by pressing Shift+T if you have keyboard shortcuts enabled.
  • Navigate between tasks using the arrows.
  • Delete a task by deleting the text and hitting backspace.
  • Organize your tasks by indenting them — just hit Tab to indent and Shift+Tab to un-indent.
  • Ctrl+Up moves a task up the list and Ctrl+Down move it down.
  • Hit Shift+Enter when in a task to show its details

Read Write Web has done a nice video of Gmail Task in action. So you can have a look at its feature before trying it out yourself. Eric @ Techcrunch also did a write up on Gmail Tasks earlier.

My Two Cents

Certainly this is an awesome inclusion by the Gmail Team. But I’m very disappointed that this Gmail Task can’t stay fixed in my sidebar. I need click on the task link every time I need to open it. Before Gmail Tasks was available I used to be a huge fan of Remember the Milk for Gmail. I think I’ll still continue to use them as it still has a lot more features that Gmail Tasks doesn’t provide yet. But adding emails to to-do-list is something that is new and worth trying out!


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