The default search engine for self-hosted WordPress installs is generally not very good and mostly organizes search results by chronology and not relevance. Over time, a number of companies like Lijit and others have tried to improve this and many WordPress users also resort to custom Google search engines to offer their readers acceptable search results. For the most part, though, WordPress search remains an unsolved problem. Yolink’s Wordpress plugin, which is officially launching tonight, aims to change this by offering bloggers a good search engine that is easily customizable and deeply integrated into WordPress.
Instant Previews made their debut on Google’s search results pages since last November, but today, Google is taking this concept one step further by introducing Instant Previews for ads as well. With Instant Previews for Ads, you can now get a preview of the site that lurks behind text ads on Google Search. For advertisers, who generally pay Google per click on a text link, this should be a welcome new feature, as it will allow potential customers to see a preview of the site’s landing page without having to click on an ad (and hence costing the advertiser money). Advertisers won’t have to pay for clicks on the Instant Preview button.
Google just announced a new experimental feature for Gmail: background send. Thanks to this new feature, which you can activate in the Gmail Labs section of the Settings menu, Gmail can now send emails in the background. This will save Gmail users a few seconds every time they send an email.
Facebook today announced a number of new features for Facebook Groups. Group admins, for example, can now pre-approve members and Groups now also feature a Q&A and photo-sharing section. More importantly, though, Facebook also introduced a new new button that publishers can put on their site: the Send button. This button is a close relative to the Like button, but with the added twist that it allows users to selectively share a webpage with one of their Facebook Groups or email it to their friends.
Google, Bing and Co. have long worked hard on making search as easy and fast as possible. Thanks to instant search, previews, smart snippets and other tools, getting to your search results has never been faster. The Germany-based developers behind Slashtag.it weren’t satisfied with this though, as they realized that most users still spend a…