Google Webmaster Guidelines Update and News

Lots of news to catch up on.

First, the Google Webmaster Guidelines have been updated with more examples and information for webmasters looking to get their pages ranked. Also, Matt Cutts has an interesting post on his blog about the future of search and the possible inclusion on humans in the indexing of content.

You probably already heard but in case you didn’t, Google bought FeedBurner.

Microsoft is releasing a kewl new product called, “Surface.” This is very much worth checking out.

Another kewl product, the Apple iPhone should be released today.

Terry Semel has stepped down as CEO of Yahoo! He believes the timing is now right.

From Aloha Workshops on the Big Island of Hawaii, this is Brent Norris for the World Organization of Webmasters and the WOW Technology Minute.

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Webmaster Guidelines
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/

Matt Cutts – The role of humans in Google search
http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/the-role-of-humans-in-google-search/

$100 Million Payday For Feedburner – This Deal Is Confirmed
http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/05/23/100-million-payday-for-feedburner-this-deal-is-confirmed/

You’ve seen the TED demos, now check out Microsoft Surfaces at Microsoft.com/surface
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

Microsoft Surfaces
http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/podcasts/microsoft_surfaces.html

Apple ensured iPhone ship date:Late June | AppleX Net
http://www.applexnet.com/node/603

Semel Resigns, Yang and Decker Take Over Yahoo
http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/06/18/semel-resigns-yang-and-decker-take-over-yahoo

Yahoo memo: Letter from Terry Semel to board of directors
http://news.com.com/Yahoo+memo+Letter+from+Terry+Semel+to+board+of+directors/2100-1030_3-6191751.html

Yahoo: Jerry Yang is no Steve Jobs
http://valleywag.com/tech/yahoo/jerry-yang-is-no-steve-jobs-269946.php

International WWW Conference in Banff, Canada Interview: Adam Zakreski

Adam is the eCommunications Specialist External Relations/IT University of Calgary In this video he talks about the benefits of web professional standards and the WWW2007 Event in Banff, Canada.eCommunications Specialist External Relations/IT University of Calgary In this video he talks about the benefits of web professional standards and the WWW2007 Event in Banff, Canada.eCommunications Specialist External Relations/IT University of Calgary In this video he talks about the benefits of web professional standards and the WWW2007 Event in Banff, Canada.

Transcript of “International WWW Conference in Banff, Canada Interview: Adam Zakreski”
Located at – http://webprominute.org/274/w3c-conference-in-banff-canada-interview-adam-zakreski-wow-benefits/
Aired – 6/11/2007
Length – 1:20

BILL CULLIFER: Hi, Bill Cullifer here with the WOW Technology Minute. I’m here at the World Wide Web International Conference in Banff, Canada and I’m with Adam Zarkeski, pardon me, Zakreski.

ADAM: Zakreski.

BILL: Great, from the University of Calgary. Adam participated in the WOW workshop here in Calgary. And Adam, thank you for agreeing for this interview.

ADAM: My pleasure.

BILL: I’d like to have you, ask you a couple of questions, if I could Adam. Number one, I’d like to know, as you know, WOW is setting some web professional standards for webmasters, web designers, web developers, web professionals if you will. Can you share with the audience your understanding of the importance of that, or your perspective on that?

ADAM: Sure. Personally my feeling is that computer science and computers well in general, are such a new technology that  the standards haven’t really been set that we can hold ourselves to as a professional organization, in comparison to something like medicine, law or engineering. Something like the WOW certification, it sets that bar so that we have something to hold ourselves up against, something to certify ourselves with and something to go to an employer and say, “This is what I do.” It sets us apart from the people who have studied in their backyards and their basements and just call themselves a web developer.

BILL: Excellent. Well said, thank you Adam.

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