State of Search brings you the news on what has happened in search last week. A quick wrap up!


--Foursquare In Discussions With "Everyone" To Enhance Search With Its Data--

According to the Telegraph Foursquare is said to be in talks with Google, Yahoo and Bing to supply its check-in data as a search-enhancer. With this they follow the path of Twitter who struck a deal with the search engines last year.

In the US Bing already offers some use of Foursquare in their Maps applications. But as we all know Bing is not yet integrated in Europe like it is in the US.

--Google trying to lift Buzz with opening up Firehose--

In an attempt to get Buzz in the attention of developers more Google made a move which we have been waiting for with Twitter for a while now: they opened up the firehose.

--Google Images redesigns--

A week after the Google news redesign, Google redesigned their Google Images look and feel. It now looks a lot more like... Bing Images.

Google Images now has features like Instant scrolling between pages, Larger thumbnail previews , hovers, a new landing page and more images shown after a search.

Go check it out and see for yourself if you feel it looks like Bing Images

--Facebook Maps Out User Stories With Bing--

Speaking of Bing, Their platform is part of a new roll out Facebook did last week. They launched a new application highlighting shared stories about people who have leveraged Facebook to reconnect.

Facebook's intent with the Facebook Stories application is to celebrate all these types of stories and to help you share your story with people around the world.

Facebook is providing location context via a Bing Map

--Yahoo! Begins Testing with Microsoft--

Yahoo announced on their blog that they've started testing organic and paid search listings from Microsoft for up to 25 percent of Yahoo! Search traffic in the U.S.

Yahoo expects that in the U.S. and Canada organic search listings in both desktop and mobile experiences will be fully powered by the Microsoft platform beginning in the August/September timeframe, and paid search in October.

--Financial Quarterly numbers Search Engines--

Yahoo announced their Second Quarter Results for 2010. Revenue was 1601 Million Dollars for the 2nd quarter, an increase of 2% compared to a year earlier.

Microsoft and Google also gave out numbers. Google's revenue was up 24% to $6.82 billion where Microsoft saw a rise of 22% to $16.04 billion.

--Google Russian Revenues Reaches $69 Million in 2009--

News came out also that Google made 69 million dollars in Russia last year. Google 'only' holds 22% of the search share there, with Yandex being the biggest with 66%. The revenues of Google were said to be four times less than revenues of Yandex and twice as less as revenues of Mail.

--Bing Webmaster Tools update--

Webmasters pay attention! Bing last week announced a updated Bing Webmaster Tools. The new Webmaster Tools are simplified and have a focus on three key areas: crawl, index and traffic.

New features are for example Index Explorer and Submit URLs. With Index Explorer you can browse through the Bing index in order to verify which of your directories and pages have been included.

Existing Webmaster Center accounts have been automatically upgraded to the new tools.

--Times loses loads of traffic due to paywall--

Newspapers are having a hard time surviving now that 'news' has mainly become free accessible on the web. Reason for Rupert Murdoch to start thinking about payrolls. The English newspaper the Times was one of the first to actually get the paywall.

Figures by Hitwise show that the paywall in the first weeks does not seem to be working. The Times saw a dramatic fall in visits when people were asked to register.

That was before there was even charging involved. After the Times started charging the visits fell to 33 per cent of The Times' pre-registration level. The Guardian even stated that the Times lost almost 90% of their online readership.

The loss seems huge. But Murdoch actually expected worse so it was said. His expectation was that they would be losing a lot more traffic, but the Hitwise numbers show the website is still ranked higher than the Financial Times in terms of market share of visits and visitors are still spending an average of around three minutes per visit on the website, indicating that they are happy to pay for the content and not disappearing to alternative sites for news, says HitWise.

--Google mixes up Holland and Germany--

We end with a funny mistake Google made. And no this has nothing to do with the World Cup. A reader of the Dutch website Websonic noticed that when he was looking at the Dutch place Rijssen in Google Streetview some images were not of the Dutch town but off a German town 127 kilometers away.

The images are now removed. Google claimed it was a mistake in the geo-coding.

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