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Here are 5 search related topics which I have found interesting over the past week.  Please re-tweet any which you feel worth sharing…

  1. More signs that facebook is moving in to locations services SOON! http://tinyurl.com/2ws9bdt [re-tweet]
    Location based marketing is getting big! Dominoes Pizza and Starbucks are just two examples of companies who have used Foursquare to reach consumers and make money.  Facebook’s move to the world of check-ins will undoubtedly sky rocket location enabled user data and present businesses with awesome opportunities to offer contextually relevant local information to users.  I would love to own a bar or nightclub right now, so many opportunities! :-)

  2. Bing U.S. Search Share Up 7% In June, Google Down 1% http://tinyurl.com/36ywjyu [re-tweet]
    …according to latest comscore data. 

  3. Twitter May Let Users Pay for Self-Promotion [RUMOR] http://tinyurl.com/2fwlf52 [re-tweet]
    Whilst promoted tweets have started popping up already, the recent rumour that Twitter will offer users the ability to promote themselves (and get more followers) for cash is big news!   In the past, individuals wishing to gain Twitter had to establish a reputation, build a network of contacts and tweet content which people want to subscribe to and share.  Will that change when individuals can simply pay for followers?  It will be interesting to see how that one plays out…

  4. Use microformats to make your events more discoverable on google http://tinyurl.com/39ex2v7 [re-tweet]
    Microformat adoption has still got a lot of room to grow, but this post explains the benefits and the ways you can get involved if you can show you have quality content with well marked microformats.

  5. 5 interesting things about links inferred from google's latest patent http://tinyurl.com/32lzk2x [re-tweet]
    Danny from SearchEngineLand spent a LONG time reading through a patent application by Google and managed to pull out some interesting insights in to how Google’s algorithm probably treats links on a page.  Whilst the facts have already been suggested by other sources (such as SEOMOZ), it’s interesting to read through and get SOME level of validation direct from Google.

 

Chris Moore is a Program Manager working on Search Engine Optimisation at Microsoft.  Follow him on Twitter