The State Of Search & Google Wave

Today on Webmaster Radio Jim and I had the great pleasure of chatting with Eli Gooman of comScore and Linus Gregoriadis of eConsultancy about the state and future of search. Of course – we also chatted about the beta launch of Google Wave. Let’s start this blog post with that. 🙂

Google has announced the launch of Google Wave and has invited 100,000 people to test out the beta. Because we’re only members of the industry press and SEO’s with a decade plus of experience each we didn’t get the initial invite. No – these invites are provides only tho those entrenched enough to put them up for auction on eBay. 🙂

That said – Google Wave looks incredibly interesting. From what it is today (a basic realtime collaboration and communication tool) to what it can become (a major influence on websites and communications) I’m going to be very very interested to follow it’s development. Not since gMail have I been this interested in a Google product or as excited about the possibilities it presents to users and developers who will have access to their API.

You can watch the launch (when you have an hour-and-a-half to kill). Personally I just kept it playing in a Firefox tab …. errrr … Chrome tab. Yeah – Chrome, while working on other things.

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If you’re more interested in the nuts-and-bolts of how to use it you can watch a much shorter video:

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I’ll write more on this subject when I get my invite. (hint hint Google 😉

In chatting with Eli and Linus (and in prepping for the show) I got a TON of new information and stats on the state of search. All I’ll say here is that it’s healthy – in fact, online advertising just passed TV for the first time in history. To find out more you’ll just have to listed to the show which you can download at

As an aside, to keep updated you’d do well to keep up with comScore’s releases and read eConsultancy’s 5-years-in-the-making Internet Statistics Compendium.

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