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Trends in Local News Searching #seo

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I was reading an article in the International Herald Tribune which stated that the search in foreign countries, such as China or India, of foreign news sources, European or American, for news about the home country is high. Citizens of a country like to know what the foreign press is saying about their home country.

new york times india 
new york times china 
Google Trends for New York Times for India and China

Google Trends for New York Times for India and China

When looking at the statistics you can see that the search for India is obviously most performed in India, with second and third place locations being the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. For China the same can be seen, Hong Kong SAR is the number one searcher for China and the second and third place are taken by Singapore and Malaysia.

For me knowing how people search is as important as what they search for. Trends is a powerful tool to do this, and local knowledge is just as important. Whether you are targeting specific regions or want global reach. These search trends also show that some of the targeting also affects foreign nationals overseas.

So how can you use this information?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

Friendfeed Fun

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I love , and input data in many different ways, as you can see from my FF statistics below:

How do I post to FriendFeed?
How do I post to FriendFeed?

How I do that is by using my Social Media Syndication network:

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February 26, 2009 at 9:33 am Syndication Issue #twitter

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As you might have noticed I’m slowly coming to appreciate as a tool to update my microblogs, or status. Some and subscribers started complaining that they were getting two messages. The first was a update from Ping.FM directly to Twitter. The second went from to Brightkite – which adds the geolocation – and was then posted to Twitter.

It looked a little like this:

Sitting at home – about 2 hours ago from Brightkite
Sitting at home about 2 hours ago from

As Brightkite sends the message on to Twitter with my current geolocation added it wasn’t necessary for to directly update Twitter.

The only things I still have which updates Twitter directly are:

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Short Blog Posts Vanishing (UPDATED)

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You might have noticed that some subjectless, single blog line posts are added to this blog during the day, they may contain a location or an activity as would be more appropriate for a or a BrightKite feed. These truncated blog posts are actually the microblogs – or status updates – which I’m sending with my GTalk client for the CrackBerry to – which syndicates my microblogs to 20+ sites including Twitter. Sadly enough these messages are erroneously being posted to WordPress by

I am currently employing two options for correcting this:

  1. Use my custom trigger (shortcut #ms) to post to all my microblogs – by way of – with the exception of WordPress
  2. In case a message is posted incorrectly, remove the WordPress item from the blog manually

This does mean that typos cause these microblogs to appear here until I manually remove them, however leaving WordPress active in still makes it possible for me to write a blog post in and have it syndicated to all my blogs. Were I to decide to remove WordPress from I would most likely lose a good part of the automated syndication of my blog postings.

UPDATE: I think I’ve been able to disable this for WordPress, we’ll wait and see…

Please tell me if this issue bothers you, I will try to avoid erroneous messages as much as possible.
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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 9, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Jobs in Social Media

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You can get into Social Media now with Social Media Jobs. Do you want to earn money writing, blogging, microblogging, making video’s and social networking? Want to travel in the US, Caribbean and South America. You could apply to become a Travel Writer/Social Media Guru for Viscape.

Have a look, there are lots of other possibilities.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 16, 2008 at 8:06 am

Google Maps Trip Resolver

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I love mashups and saw this one that I would like to share with you: Google Maps Fastest Roundtrip Solver. It not just populates the map, but produces an instruction for getting there with distance data. Now if only it produced the most eco-friendly trip.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm

GPS Wiretapping Lawsuit

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On BetaNews I just saw that:

“The American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation are suing the Justice Dept. for “documents, memos, and guides” about procedures used to track individuals through cell phones.

“The [ACLU] and the [EFF] aren’t looking for money … Instead, the two civil liberty advocacy groups want information about whether and how the government might be using the location capabilities in cell phones to find out where people are.”1

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had already upheld the ruling that the FBI was not allow to spy on in-car computers, which was made possible by the system, “… a 2003 lawsuit revealed that systems such as OnStar can be used for eavesdropping on passenger conversations”

  1. US Justice Dept. sued for info on cellular tracking practices
  2. Court to FBI: No spying on in-car computers
  3. FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 7, 2008 at 8:28 am

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