Question, when you’re number two, you try harder. But when you’re number one, what do you do to stay on top? Google, the number one search engine this week bought Metaweb. You’re saying to yourself, “never heard of them”. And you’d be right. They’re a startup company that makes Web sites smarter. Using Metaweb’s technology, Websites can further develop themselves into something that Google can more easily classify whenever someone is searching. I can see this becoming part of the Google Webmaster Lab that is available to Website developers now. What that means is, if you search using Google, instead of getting millions of results and hundreds of pages to search though, you will likely find fewer results and fewer pages, thereby narrowing your search making it easier to find what you’re looking for. http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/deeper-understanding-with-metaweb.html
Since everyone is reporting on it, I’ll just mention that it seems that Apple is giving away the holder to iPhone 4 users who have had problems with dropped calls due to the antenna issue on the phone. After first denying there was a problem, then telling the world to hold the phone differently, now Steve Jobs is admitting the problem and doing something about it. It’s about time, don’t you think? Nuff said. Oh, one other thing … there’s a rumor that a new (improved) iPhone will be shipped in October.
Another major player in the internet world is getting ready to announce 500 million users. Facebook is expected this next week to make the big announcement by unveiling a new service called “Facebook Stories”. This will give Facebook users to tell their story of how they used the social service to do something really fantastic, and do it in 420 characters or less. I think they’re looking for incredible stories, friends. The result will be organized and posted by geographical location and by theme, such as “finding love,” “coping with grief” and “natural disasters,” according to a Facebook spokesperson. As a Facebook user, you will have the opportunity to read the selected stories and decide if you “Like” them. To get things started, you can go to … http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=user_stories
In order to reduce impulse buying and to “love what you buy”, the site ConsumerSearch has taken on the job of organizing and cataloging opinions on products and posting them for you to use before you drop the money for that thing you just gotta have. From electronics to automotive and including kitchen and food to computers, you’ll find what others are saying. And this isn’t just a rambling assortment of opinions, either. You will be surprised with the quality of the reviewers and the assortment of items. Bookmark this site … http://www.consumersearch.com/
Our teenage son, Marc, never misses an opportunity to remind us that he needs his own car. One morning as I drove him to school, it was apparent that we would be late. I asked him to write a note, which I would sign when we arrived.
At school, he handed me a pen and the note, which read: “Marc is late this morning due to car trouble. The trouble is, Marc doesn’t have his own car, and his mom drives too slowly.”
My father-in-law had prostate surgery. We brought him to the hospital at 7:30 a.m., and he was operated on at eight. We were amazed when the hospital called at noon to tell us he could go home. Two months later our beagle, Bo, also had prostate surgery. When I brought him in, I asked the veterinarian what time I should pick him up. The vet told me Bo would remain overnight. “Overnight?” I said. “My father-in-law came home the same day.” The vet looked at me and said, “Bo’s not on Medicare.”
For years my sister’s husband tried unsuccessfully to persuade her to get a hearing aid. “How much do they cost?” she asked one day after he had pitched the idea to her again.
“They’re usually about $3,000,” he said.
“Okay, well, if you say something worth $3,000,” she replied, “I’ll get one.”
My musical director wasn’t happy with the performance of one of our percussionists. Repeated attempts to get the drummer to improve failed. Finally, in front of the orchestra, the director said in frustration, “When a musician just can’t handle his instrument, they take it away, give him two sticks and make him a drummer!”
A stage whisper was heard from the percussion section: “And if he can’t handle that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conductor.”
And that’s today’s view from the laptop, Webfriends. Have a great weekend and I’ll show you what’s up next weekend when I post the newest Jim’s WebLetter. Til then, may God bless you and keep you safe.
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