Google has finally provided people with a Customized Search Engine.

  • Specify the sites you want to include in searches.
  • Place a search box and search results on your website.
  • Customize the look and feel to match your website.
  • Invite your community to contribute to the search engine.
  • Make money from relevant ads in your search results.

You can choose which sites to search through, add your own title, and do much more. This feature is sort of a cross between the customized search that others like MSN’s Macros and Google’s Free Search.

Yahoo has released Yahoo Bookmarks which marks the end of Yahoo’s MyWeb. It’s integration with the Yahoo Toolbar is reminiscent of Clipmarks, a product that sites in your toolbar and, when you find a page you like, you click the button, select only the relevant text, add tags and descriptions, then save it (and choose whether or not to share it) to your section.

So, what does Yahoo plan on doing with del.icio.us? Michael states that it too will run the same platform as a backend.

Rumor is that Digg is up for sale…for the right price. They are seeking $150 million. However, there have many discussions about how it can be misused. Users scrape the site, they pay others for diggs or trade diggs to help each other out (seen it happen on numerous forums), etc. That may be why they are having trouble. They claim large numbers of users and Alexa claims some pretty good traffic for them compared to slashdot. However, these same people trying to seek Diggs out using these methods are often site owners who use the Alexa Toolbar to gauge their (and others’) sites so the number might be artificially inflated (remember, Alexa gauges traffic based on tracking those who have their toolbar installed). Slashdot, on the other hand, seems to have a much larger geek following that don’t like or can’t install such software (I don’t know of a linux-based version of the Alexa Toolbar).

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