Social Search Engines

Google Buys Expert Community And ‘Answer Engine’ Superpod For $60 Million

Superpod, another “answer engine” has been acquired by Google, predominately for the team, for about $60 million, according to published reports.  Superpod matched both audience questions and expert answers across a broad range of topics. A statement acknowledging the acquisition on the Superpod site said, “We are sad to announce that we will be closing Superpod today as part …

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Microsoft Adds Reddit Data To Bing Search Results, Power BI Analytics Tool

Reddit, the “front page of the internet” is being brought to the pages of Bing’s search results.  A deal was made between Microsoft and Reddit which would pipe data from the social network into Bing’s search results, as well as Power Bi’s analytics dashboard.  This was announced by the companies on December 13. So, if …

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Facebook Local Is The Social Network’s Stab At Yelp, Foursquare

Facebook’s Events app hasn’t become the Google competitor it was primed to become.  Because of this, the social network has decided to relaunch it and redirect its aim at local search platforms, such as Yelp and Foursquare. Last week, Facebook debuted Facebook Local, which is a refurbished version of the Events app that aims to help people …

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Pinterest Opens Search Ads To Self-Serve Advertisers, Adds ‘Autotargeting’ Option

After Pinterest rolled out search ads eight months ago, the company has decided to make the ad placement available to advertisers buying ads through its self-serve ad-buying tool, Pinterest Ads Manager, the company announced this week.  It is also introducing an option fro brands to target their search ads beyond the traditional set of keywords. [Read the full …

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Pinterest’s Updated Browser Extension Turns Off-Pinterest Images Into Search Queries

When Pinterest teased how it will bring its visual search engine to the real world back on February 8th, the social network and search engine extended its ability to turn images into search queries across the wider web. Pinterest started updating its browser extensions on Tuesday so that people can click on an image on any web page and be shown related …

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Pinterest’s Lens App Turns Your Phone’s Camera Into A Search Bar

It looks like Pinterest is bringing search to the real world.  On Wednesday, the company introduced Lens, which is a mobile app that uses the phone’s camera to recognize physical objects and bring them up on Pinterest.  There are other features that have been announced by the compnay that now extend search beyond the query bar …

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