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Google search does it right. One page, one search box, one call to action. The result: mass usage and relevance. It’s nearly impossible to get wrong. My father, at 71, can search for the local Thai restaurant as well as I. How many technologies obliterate those pesky learning curves forced upon us by youth or old age? I relate as strongly to Google’s design principle of ‘Keep it Simple’ as I do to their ‘Don’t be Evil’ corporate motto.

Unfortunately, the beloved ‘Keep it Simple’ philosophy is now officially under fire.

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I am reading the latest news on the Microsoft bid for Yahoo. The New York Times reports that “Google emerged over the weekend with plans to play the role of spoiler.” But a spoiler for whom? In the cloudy world of paid search, a Microsoft/Yahoo union may provide more options for a market currently dominated by Google. Today, it is widely known that it is tough to duplicate Google’s paid search results on any other search engine. This gives Google the ability to quickly add new concepts into their algorithm such as the quality score introduced a few years ago.

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What’s worse? Hearing the PC shut down just as you remember those two items you had to add to the project list or feeling your heart race as you come close to trading paint with the BMW in the neighboring lane because you want to see if you correctly entered the task into your iPhone? OK, the latter is far worse…but both cause my blood pressure to uptick.

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Ever been in a long distance relationship? They're not easy...or at least they weren't when I was in college in the late 80's. Lack of communication made it tough. There was no IM, no Facebook, and no MySpace. There were no pocket-size cell phones and e-mail was a novelty. The tool of choice was the dorm room telephone and, with the genesis of 'unlimited night and weekend minutes' a decade away, you could amass a pretty decent monthly phone bill if you weren't careful.

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Mark presented on a conference call today for The Working Group. A very cool social network focusing on enterprise 2.0 solutions and how they can help companies become more productive from the inside out.

I find it interesting that the dialogue around enterprise 2.0 is still so focused on adoption. Companies are talking about how you go about finding teams with enough pain to adopt an entirely new solution and how do you encourage and assist with that adoption?

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