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Marcus Sortijas's Blog – May 2011 Archive (5)

Are Question-and-Answer Websites like Quora the Future?

While Google is a terrific tool, it doesn't necessarily answer all our questions.  What if you have a specific situation that needs a personalized response?


That's where websites like Quora and Stack Exchange come in.  By combining aspects of forums, wikis, and social networks, these sites are trying to build human-generated, human-searchable arks of knowledge.  Wired magazine had a terrific article on this:…


Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 24, 2011 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Is Twitter the New Associated Press?

Cameraman at USA Science and Engineering Festival.Photo: DeusXFlorida / Flickr Creative Commons

Journalism has gotten a bad rap lately, with print publications laying off reporters and going out of business. On the bright side, some tech-savvy…


Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 17, 2011 at 12:24pm — 2 Comments

Microsoft buys Skype: what happens next?

With Microsoft falling behind Apple and Google on the telecommunications front, their acquisition of Skype is a big attempt to catch up (see NY Times article).


How will Skype change after being taken over by Redmond?  This quote gives a glimpse:

Microsoft, whose growth has been lagging, could find a lucrative revenue stream in selling…


Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 12, 2011 at 12:40pm — 6 Comments

7 Surprising Trends That Show What Tech Skills You Need to Succeed

Here's a good read for anyone job-hunting right now: 7 surprising trends that show what tech skills you need to succeed.

The findings are based on an analysis of data from, a leading website for tech jobs.  So the conclusions can be taken with a grain of salt, since it's not based…


Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 11, 2011 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Best linkbait article ever: SEO Lessons Learned Through Pictures of Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts certainly needs no introduction to most industry pros: he's the head of Google's web spam team. In other words, he's the guy all the search engine optimization experts are trying to outsmart. Despite Cutts' exalted status, he freely shares advice through his blog, Twitter, and Google Webmaster Help videos.


SEER Interactive, an Internet marketing agency, pulled some screenshots from those videos and wrote…


Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 4, 2011 at 12:33pm — 3 Comments


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