Articles from the week of May 21-25, 2012 covering such topics as the browser wars, SEO and web marketing.
- I caught this thread on WebmasterWorld relaying a report on TNW quoting data on Statcounter indicating Google’s Chrome web browser has just overtaken Internet Explorer as the most-used browser. Indeed, worldwide stats show Chrome just barely edging out IE worldwide. Check out the stats for the U.S., you can see Chrome just barely edging out Firefox as the #2 browser with IE still in a commanding lead. Similar stats show for Canada as well. If you sort by continent, Asia show Chrome in a commanding lead, while in Europe and Africa Firfox is #1 and North America has IE in the top spot. All this to say: Take the stats with a grain of salt, but it does seem that Chrome usage is going up with the others are taking a hit in their share of users.
- Alan K’necht shared this link to his recent talk at the 140 Conference in Montreal: Measuring a Social Media Fire
- My colleague, Tony Verre, shared this post about Google’s new Webmaster Academy by Mike Clarke on Search News Central: Google Introduces Webmaster Academy
- On Search Engine Roundtable, Barry Schwartz shared a Matt Cutts video which explains why some bad outbound links are not too much to worry about: Google’s Cutts: Linking To A Few Bad Web Sites Won’t Hurt You
- On the Chief Marketing Technologist Blog, Scott Brinker shares some thoughts on marketing technology software and some different approaches one might take to putting together a package: Marketing technology: suite, platform, or portfolio?
- Reducing download times has become a very important component of making a web site relevant in the search engines’ eyes. On the Portent Blog, Ian Lurie shares how he got the Portent website’s download times down quite a bit: How we made Portent.com really freaking fast
- Bill Graziano reports on Yahoo! News that Facebook is reportedly in talks to acquire Opera Software. That could bring an interesting wrinkle to the whole “Facebook versus Google versus Microsoft” thing. Let’s see if anything comes out of this.
- On the Chief Marketing Technologist blog, Scott offers some of his insight into a recent Forbes article saying the CMO will eventually morph into the CIO: CMOs are the new CIOs — crazy or prescient? Although there are some good points in the article, I don’t see this happening. There’s no doubt that Marketing is spending increasing amounts of money on technology, but CIOs and CMOs have distinct missions which I don’t see crossing as much as to replace one with the other.
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