Microsoft Takes a Hint From Google and Makes a Search Game

If you’ve had the chance to play Google Image Labeler, now you can try out Microsofts take at a game for searchers that will also help their algorithms.

Microsoft Page Hunt

Page Hunt is a new game from Microsoft Research Labs that will serve up a web page and you have to guess the keywords that would cause this page to show up in the search results. You only have two minutes to score as many points as you can. If you guess the right words that make this page show up in the first 5 search engine results, you win.

Microsoft wins here too of course, because this kind of information will be used to update and modify their algorithms for Bing. They want to see if the right results are coming up for the keywords the users think should apply to those pages.

When you’re done, you can review your results and see how well you did or you can just start a new game. It’s fun for a while too and great way to waste a bit of time.

Somebody Claimed That My YouTube Video Was Theirs

So I logged into one of my YouTube channels that I use specifically for video gaming and when I clicked on the “account” link, there was a notice on my page that said “You have videos that may contain content that is owned by someone else. Please review these videos.”

I clicked on the link and it turned out that it’s only one of many of my videos. It’s a video of me playing Resident Evil 5 on the Xbox 360.

When I clicked the “Copyright Info” button, I was assuming that it was going to be Capcom or a related company who had a part in creating the game.

Well, I clicked through and it said that my video “may include content that is owned or licensed by CNET.” If you’ve never heard of CNET, they’re basically a large media company that specializes in news, reviews, downloads, etc.

What I’m guessing is that they did a review or something of Resident Evil 5 at some point and then saw the video I posted and assumed that I stole it from them. If they cared to compare my video to theirs, they would probably find out otherwise.

Anyway, I’m told by YouTube that my video is still available worldwide, but that ads would now appear next to it.

I really don’t care all that much about it, but I wanted to dispute this, just to see how it all worked.

I clicked on the link that said “Learn more about the dispute process.” The next page took me to an explanation about valid and invalid reasons of disputing a claim.

YouTube Dispute

I THINK that my reason is valid.

On the dispute form page, there are several warnings of submitting a false claim or in bad-faith. If either of these are found to be true, there could be penalties taken against the account or the account could possibly even terminated.

I submitted the dispute anyway in hopes that my account wouldn’t be terminated. I didn’t steal the content from anyone and I don’t believe CNET has the rights to it.

Anyway, that was about a month ago now, and I never heard anything back about it. I guess my claim turned out to be valid. Either that or they didn’t really care that much and just let it go.

So if someone claims one of your videos as their own, now you know what to do.

The Facts About Social Media

Social media is huge and there are tons of reasons why you should be utilizing it for your own business.

Social media is used by so many people around the world, you’d have to be crazy not to start using it to bring in more customers.

WAIT!

Before you jump right into posting your useless crap on sites like YouTube and Facebook, think about WHY people use social media. It’s because people want to communicate with each other. They don’t want you posting useless information about your company and then leaving to do the same thing on some other site.

You need to speak with your customers. Listen to their needs and interests and interact with them on the same level.

Without interaction, you FAIL.

Think about that before creating a zillion social media profiles and then never using any of them again. Look into the sites that best suit your business and where you have an audience. Start there and build up a community. Then you’ll understand social media.

I came across this awesome slideshow that you should definitely check out. It will help explain everything a little better and give you the why’s and the how’s of getting into social media.