Posted tagged ‘Search’

Topeka Now Google, Kansas

March 3, 2010

In a formal proclamation yesterday, Mayor Bill Bunten announced that Topeka will be known as “Google” — Google, Kansas.

It’s all in fun, and yeah, it’s funny! 🙂

From CNN:

At 79, Bill Bunten doesn’t exactly understand the Internet boom. The Topeka, Kansas, mayor has an e-mail account, he said, but his assistants take care of most of his online communications and tend to search the Web for him.

But Bunten believes so firmly that younger residents of Kansas’ capital city will benefit from faster Internet connections that he wants Topeka — which he describes as a place of many lakes and the site of a burgeoning market for animal-food research — to change its name for a month.

“It’s just fun. We’re having a good time of it,” he said of the unofficial name change, which will last through the end of March. “There’s a lot of good things that are going on in our city.”

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Yahoo Set to Name Carol Bartz as CEO

January 13, 2009

Reports are circulating this morning that Yahoo! plans to name former Autodesk Chief Executive Carol Bartz as their next chief executive officer.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Yahoo Inc. is expected to announce that Carol Bartz, former chief executive of software company Autodesk Inc., has accepted an offer to become the Internet company’s next CEO, according to people familiar with the situation.

A spokesman for Yahoo, Sunnyvale, Calif., declined to comment. Ms. Bartz could not be reached for immediate comment.

The offer caps Yahoo’s two-month search for a leader to succeed Jerry Yang, its co-founder and former CEO who oversaw the company through an acquisition offer from Microsoft Corp. and activist investor Carl Icahn’s failed attempt to replace the Yahoo board. Mr. Yang stepped down in mid-November after a short and tumultuous tenure at the helm in which he tried to save the struggling Internet firm, only to see it continue to flounder.

Ms. Bartz, 60 years old, will face a number of challenges as she tries to turn around Yahoo’s flagging performance and stock price. Some investors have been lobbying for a break-up of the Internet giant, for instance. Yahoo faces tough competition from Internet rivals such as Google Inc.

Ms. Bartz still serves as executive chairman of Autodesk, of San Rafael, Calif., which she ran as chief executive from 1992 to 2006. Autodesk is around half the size of Yahoo, with approximately 7,000 employees world-wide.

Ms. Bartz was also an executive at Sun Microsystems Inc. and she sits on the board of Cisco Systems Inc., with Mr Yang. She is also a member of the Intel Corp. board with Yahoo President Susan Decker, who was also interviewing for the CEO job.

From Reuters:

The offer would end Yahoo’s two-month search for a chief executive to succeed co-founder Jerry Yang, who agreed in November to step down as chief executive as soon as the Internet company found a replacement.

Yang, who took on the CEO role in 2007, faced growing criticism from investors, including Carl Icahn, for rejecting a buyout offer from Microsoft Corp. Microsoft withdrew its $47.5 billion buyout offer in May.

Bartz, 60, is a longtime Silicon Valley executive who was the CEO of Autodesk Inc until 2006.

Social Networks Dethrone Porn as Top Web Attraction

September 16, 2008

This study shows the true power and reach of social networking in our society today. The study said that the current obsession with celebrities was also reflected through web data, with celebrity websites garnering more attention than sites devoted to religion, politics, well-being and diets combined — and no sign that this is waning.

From Reuters:

Social networking sites are the hottest attraction on the Internet, dethroning pornography and highlighting a major change in how people communicate, according to a web guru.

Bill Tancer, a self-described “data geek,” has analyzed information for over 10 million web users to conclude that we are, in fact, what we click, with Internet searches giving an up-to-date view of how society and people are changing.

Some of his findings are great trivia, such as the fact that elbows, belly button lint and ceiling fans are on the list of people’s top fears alongside social intimacy and rejection.

Others give an indication of people’s interests or emotions, with an annual spike in searches for anti-depression drugs around Thanksgiving time in the United States.

Tancer, in his new book, “Click: What Millions of People are Doing Online and Why It Matters,” said analyzing web searches did not just reflect what was happening online but gave a wider picture of society and people’s behavior.

“There are some patterns to our Internet use that we tend to repeat very specifically and predictably, from diet searches, to prom dresses, to what we do around the holidays,” Tancer told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Tancer, general manager of global research at Hitwise, an Internet tracking company, said one of the major shifts in Internet use in the past decade had been the fall off in interest in pornography or adult entertainment sites.

He said surfing for porn had dropped to about 10 percent of searches from 20 percent a decade ago, and the hottest Internet searches now are for social networking sites.

“As social networking traffic has increased, visits to porn sites have decreased,” said Tancer, indicated that the 18-24 year old age group particularly was searching less for porn.

“My theory is that young users spend so much time on social networks that they don’t have time to look at adult sites.”