2004年10月17日

今天用了一下百度,搜了一下,结果出来得还挺快得。眼看着我的老鼠就要往排在前头的网址奔去。但是,我忽然觉得有点不对劲,前面的几个怎么看着都象是商业网站。再瞪大眼睛仔细一看,看到了缩在角落里的“推广”二字。哈,果然如此。如果没有这两个字,这几个广告和后面真正的网站根本无法区别。

我觉得这不是一个好的做法。对搜索引擎用户来说,如果他并没有购买的愿望,这种广告是浪费他的时间。对广告客户来说,这种点击的效果也不会好到那里去。倒是百度有的赚。百度一直在这方面为追求利润,玩花样,打插边球。我记得以前是广告是有个背景色的,但是很淡,和白色差不多,已经不容易分辨了。现在更差了。在这方面百度与google相比差太多。

以前opentext是一家不错的搜索引擎公司,后来想钱想疯了,开始直接卖排名。谁给的钱多,谁就排在前。结果引发用户强烈抗议,没有人再去用它,很快它的搜索引擎业务就完蛋了。

排名的准确和可信是搜索引擎品牌的核心所在。百度此举实在不智。

 

 

2004年10月12日
According to a rough estimate by haka, a Chinese blogger, the total number of bloggers in China is between 800k – 900k. As I know, most of them are youth: students, literature hobbyists, IT professionals and freelances. However, according to what I heard from the CEO of a leading blogging service provider in China, less than 20% users update their blog regually.

Haka also mentioned there were about 50 blogging hosting service providers in China. The largest is blogcn, which has more than 340k users. Almost all those services are free.

Haka didn’t mention some blog-like services. For example, one of the largest Internet portal in China, netease, started a new service called bulo on July 1st. The service combines blogging, social networking and forum. They have more than 550K users now. Even some famous Internet forums in China started to provide blogging services. For example, TianYa has a simple blogging service and they have about 70K users. Those service providers usually don’t provide RSS or ATOM feeds. I guess the reason is that they are concerned about their page views and don’t really understand the power of syndication.

The number of bloggers will continue to grow rapidly. I guess it will reach a million in 6 months.

Apparently, there are far more online game players than bloggers in China. People really like wasting a bit of their time. :)