Metacafe Bets on Wiki Solution to Improve Metadata for Online Video

On TechCrunch today, Roi Carthy explores the new direction of pioneering video sharing site Metacafe.  Roi interviews founder Eyal Hertzog about the implementation of a system by which users are invited to annotate the metadata around video, in a Wiki-type process.  In August, I interviewed Eyal about the Wiki application here in New York; I […]


New iPhone and Android App for Wikipedia Allows Users to “Micro-contribute on the go”

Veveo, the Boston-area start-up which has been a pioneer in bringing video search to mobile devices, has introduced a free application to search Wikipedia on the iPhone and the Google Android.  The company announced the launch of WikiTap, which can be downloaded here. The company says it is the first Wikipedia application developed for the […]


Video Search Engine Blinkx Registers Big Jump in Revenue

Blinkx, the San Francisco-based video search engine, whose shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange, today reported $6.4 million in revenue for the first six months of the fiscal year ending September 30.  Although revenue is up 115 percent, the company still has a sizable burn rate. Unlike most video search engines, which are […]


Video Consumption is “Social,” MySpace and YouTube Execs Say: AOL’s Truveo Gets Most Views via “Related” Video Recommendations

At MySpaceTV, some two thirds of videos are consumed on user profile pages, according to Cristian Cussen, speaking yesterday at the Beet.TV online Video Roundtable.  Fellow panelist Laura Lee from YouTube said that social referrel is a big driver along with search on Google and YouTube. 


Yahoo News Tracks Most Linked-to Blog Posts on New Site

Yahoo service BuzzTracker's "Most Blogged" feature, which tracks the most linked-to blog posts on the Internet, has been incorporated into the Beta version of the Yahoo News page, Yahoo News General Manager Alan Warms says in this interview. Yahoo acquired BuzzTracker last year, which Warms founded, and is tracking posts from 90,000 blogs with its […]


Thomson Reuters Improves Searchability for Blogs, Publishers with Open Calais

Thomson Reuters announced commercial options for its sophisticated metadata generation service Open Calais at the EmTech08 conference last week. Andy interviewed Tom Tague, Vice President of Solutions for Thomson Reuters, about the service and its implications for the semantic web. 


StumbleUpon is Free from Browser Plug-in

StumbleUpon, the large referral system for discovering video and other online content, has moved to a Web-based platform, the company announced late yesterday.  Previously, it had only worked with a toolbar plug-in.    The new web strategy might work, posits Kara Swisher in her post. Here’s the take on this by MG Siegler in VentureBeat. […]


OVGuide, Fast-Growing Online Video Directory, Expands Search Tools

OVGuide, the fast-growing and well-funded Los Angeles-based online video guide, has extended search capabilities on the site, it announced today.  Unlike a site like Truveo or Google Video which casts a global net, the OVGuide discovers, tracks and organizes online video sites which its editors find valuable.


Mobile Search is Surging, up 68 Percent in 12 Months, comScore…Mobile Video Search will Follow

comScore just released numbers on the dramatic increase in mobile search in the United States and Europe.  Mobile search has jumped 68 percent in twelve months, the web measurement firm has found.  Google is by far the leader.


Google at 10 Years – And the Future…….Marissa Mayer Lays it Out

What is left for Google to solve with search?   It’s much more than 10 percent, says Google VP Marissa Mayer, commenting on a much blogged interview she did recently with the Los Angeles Times.


Pixsy Lands Deal to Power Search on Pearson’s Information Portal

The San Francisco-based Pixsy, a white label video and image search solution provider, has tied up with giant British publisher Pearson to be the video and image search engine on Information Please. Pixsy is paid on a revenue share basis on new ad revenue generated through the Pixsy API. I have reposted an interview with […]


Google to Share Majority of Ad Sales around Newspaper Archival Content; 100 Newspapers are Participating, Marissa Mayer tells Beet.TV

SAN FRANCISCO — Today at the TechCrunch50 conference, Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Product and User Experience at Google, announced Google’s plans to make scanned newspaper archives searchable through Google News. Over 100 newspapers are available at the product’s launch today, Marissa told me in an interview after her session.


Google’s Search Evangelist Adam Lasnik: High Quality Edtorial Links Make the Difference

For small and big publishers, the key to successful search optimization is “compelling, original content,” says Adam Lasnik, Google’s Search Evangelist.  Having the tools to share and filter high quality editorial links is essential, he says in this interview.


Metacafe Launches Wikipedia-Inspired Feature to Improve Video Search

Short-form video entertainment site Metacafe has a new solution to video search. It has launched a new feature called Wikicafe to let users edit the tags surrounding video content.


Google’s Search Evangelst Adam Lasnik: Focus on Text

MOUNTAINVIEW, CA — While the recently announced collaboration between Google, Yahoo! and Adobe to search and index Flash files (not Flash video) could yield better results, the project is in the very early stages.  For effective search optimization, Webmasters have to think text, says Adam Lasnik, Search Evanglist at Google.


Blinkx Re-Launches Destination Site for Full-Length Television Shows

Blinkx, the video search engine based on speech-to-text technology, offers both a white label solution for video publishers as well as a consumer destination. The destination has grown in popularity from under 500,000 to more than 3.5 million monthly uniques over the past 12 months, according to Compete.  The company has indexed many millions of […]


Google Now Optimizes Search for Smaller Sites with New Hosting API

Google recently released a new set of webmaster tools which provide smaller sites the ability to optimize search and communicate with Google directly from the dashboard of a site’s hosting company.


Veveo Has 170 Million Video Searches on FiOS Television in June, Company Reports

Veveo, the Boston-area start-up video search company, which has been getting noticed for providing video search for mobile devices, is getting some traction as the video search engine in FiOS TV.  The the company announced that Veveo has powered 170 million searches for FiOS television customers. I’ve reposted my interview with CEO Murali Aravamudan. — […]


Exploring the Google Toolbar

Using Google Toolbar to search is commonplace. But fewer people are taking advantage of its sync feature to access their customized toolbar and bookmarks on any computer, Avni Shah, Product Manager for Google Toolbar, says. Shah demonstrates a number of the lesser-known Toolbar features for us. Although features like sync and form AutoFill were announced […]


YouTube Has Speech-to-Text Functionality…..and it Works

YouTube has introduced rich metadata into select videos, which will significantly impact how online video is discovered and consumed. Announced in June, we have found the technology is very useful.  Last week, we got an update on this from Steve Grove, head of news and politics at YouTube.

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