Search Engine Milestones for May 2004

Notable news and announcements from the web search world during the past month. Announcements without links to online versions were received via email.

Warning: The links and descriptions below are from official press releases, and may contain marketing hyperbole, claims or euphemisms not necessarily endorsed by Search Engine Watch.

May 4

Yahoo and AT&T Wireless Announce Launch of Yahoo Mobile Photos

The new Yahoo Mobile Photos application is a full color, graphical service that gives consumers a new, easy way to connect to their online photos over the AT&T Wireless network.

May 6

Ask Jeeves Closes Acquisition of Interactive Search Holdings

Interactive Search Holdings’ Web properties and businesses include My Way, iWon, Excite, My Search, My Web Search and the MaxOnline advertising network.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ask Jeeves issued 9.3 million shares of common stock and options and paid approximately $144 million in cash. This reflects an aggregate purchase price of $501 million based on Ask Jeeves’ closing price on May 5, 2004.

May 10

Blogger Brings More Voices to the Web

Google Inc. today introduced a newly designed Blogger, the free self-publishing service for posting and sharing information online. Blogger now offers its users a suite of enhancements, including a clean, easy-to-use interface, shared comments, author profiles, and posting via email.

Intelliseek Launches Blogpulse.Com To Track Trends, Issues, Personalities In Blogosphere

BlogPulse is a free online search and tracking tool that measures and ranks “buzz” about key issues, people, phrases and links that occur daily in more than million Internet blogs.

May 12

Google Begins Testing Google Groups 2

This next generation version offers users a variety of new features, including the ability to create, search, and browse email mailing lists, subscribe to and track favorite groups. Currently in beta, this service builds on the foundation of Google Groups, the company’s searchable Usenet archive.

Google Announces Image Ads

Image ads are an additional ad format that combines the appeal of pictures with proven AdWords targeting technology. Now you can show your product images, company branding or other creative elements on relevant content sites throughout the Google Network.

May 13

Canadians Are More Active Online Searchers Than Their U.S. Counterparts, According to comScore Networks

Approximately 85 percent of the Canadian Internet population conducted at least one search at the top engines each month, compared to 73 percent of the U.S. population. Not only are Canadian Internet users more likely to use a search engine, they also search more frequently than the average U.S. user.

Online Search Engine College Launched

A new online training institution offering instructor-led short courses and downloadable self-study courses in search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing subjects launched today.

May 21 2.0 Launched is the gateway to reliable information about science and technology from across federal government organizations, searching 47 million pages of government R&D results.

May 24

Yahoo Launches the All-New Yahoo Messenger

The new Yahoo Messenger offers Yahoo services like LAUNCHcast Internet radio, Yahoo Games, Yahoo AddressBook, and Yahoo Search right in the messaging window.

May 27

Yahoo Introduces Free Anti-Spyware Solution on Yahoo Toolbar

Anti-Spy offers consumers a way to identify potentially unwanted software like spyware, then lets consumers decide whether they want to disable/remove, ignore or keep the files that are found. If a user chooses to delete suspect software and later changes their mind, they can restore most such programs.

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