Google+ on Thursday night quietly introduced Twitter-like trending topics to its progressing social network. 'Trends' as they are officially known on Google+ appear on Google+ Search pages and function very similar to Twitter's Trending Topics.
It appears that Twitter and Bing may be working on extending their search partnership agreement, or perhaps further integrating Twitter into other Bing or Microsoft services, as a clearly scripted conversation between the two companies unfolded on Twitter moments ago.
Google has officially launched its +1 Button browser extension for Chrome. The extension appeared in the Chrome Web Store today described as a way "you can publicly +1 any page that you're visiting with one easy click."
According to Google’s Realtime search results the greatest number of tweets about Earth Hour from Irish users came at exactly 8:30pm, just when the event started in Ireland. It then took another hour before the massive spike of #earthhour tweets subsided.
Google remains the dominant search market share leader with 65.4% of all explicit searches in the US in February 2011, according to comScore qSearch analysis. Yahoo! came in second with 16.1% market share, Bing at 13.6%, Ask at 3.2%, and AOL at 1.7%. Explicit searches are those that reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.
It looks like a Google employee has found a neat way of capitalizing on the “Bing Sting” operation it carried out this week by registering the website www.hiybbprqag.com. For those not in the know Google published a blog post on Tuesday which claimed that Bing had been copying its search results.
Microsoft’s Bing image search engine got a major redesign today with the launch of trending image gallery. The update, which is now live for all Bing users shows an image gallery of the top 20 searched terms on the image search engine.
Google appears to be in the process of rolling out an improved search interface for US (.com) users. The new design features a larger search box as well as a gray navigation box at the top of the screen. While Google has had a top navigation for some time it has never been this prominant or stylised.