Google Places Takes Search To Next Level

Reading through this months issue of NETT Magazine (February 2011) I came across a really great article on the most recent changes to Google’s search engine system.

Local SearchIf you have done a search recently you have probably noticed the “instant” feature that Google has implemented. Instead of typing in a full phrase and hitting enter, the engine will now search on the fly at each word you type in. At first, this appeared to be rather annoying however upon further review and testing it would appear that Google once again are a step ahead of the rest of us.

What Google have done by creating this instant search feature has made long-tail key queries much more relevant. For websites targeted to certain words or phrases, this means a much more targeted audience seeing your keywords. Of course, it also means there is more onus on the website owners to do much higher quality SEO on their websites also.

More importantly though is how this change affects the everyday user who uses Google to find information and businesses. Google, as you may have experienced will always provide relevant information based upon your location. This has always provided localised content. Now, with Google Places, they ahve gone a step further. If the engine thinks you are looking for a particular business, the instant search will automatically display a Google Maps result showing the closest business to your (IP based) location. No problems if you have a proxy either, as on the left-pane you can select your location to bypass the IP search.

This incredible feature takes Google to the next level and makes Google quite possibly the #1 location to find local businesses or information.

If you have not yet tested the localised instant search, head over to Google now and give it a try.

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Looking Ahead To Season 3 Of PPM Soccer

PPM Soccer is now 2 seasons old, and what once was an infant with teething issues has started to grow into a well behaved, although sometimes frustrating, toddler.

Now that 2 seasons have passed, we’ve been able to get a pretty good basis of data to see what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to be avoided at all costs. More importantly however, it’s given us time to build our facilities and start serious analysis of other teams; analysis that helps us get an even better understanding of what works.

But season 3 isn’t all about analysis and crying toddlers. No. PPM is a game, so first and foremost, season 3 needs to be about having FUN. Unfortunately, i see too many people on the PPM forums who forget that this is a game and get a little too serious at times. Sure, losing sucks, but keep in mind that when you win, someone else has to lose. That’s part of the game. Bad losses happen, even in real life.

There has been a nice addition for Pro users this coming season by way of the Automatic Training system. This is a ratio based system that will automatically train your players to any ratio that you choose, training the attributes that are furtherest away from where they should be. This is a new feature, so i encourage all pro users to TEST is thoroughly before using it on your whole team. Not all managers will like it, but from what I can see, it’s pretty good. I created a video on youtube (also on this site) which introduces it.

Trueblue United Football Club Update

T.U.F.C. had a tough challenge in season 2. After winning the Oceania I.1 league in season 1, they had to defend that title last season, and did fairly well for most of the season. With just a few weeks left in the season they were in the top 3, with just 1 point separating all 3 teams. In the end however they ended up dropping to 4th at the end of the season. They did very well however by defeating the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the National Cup, to come out as victors, so next season they will be entering the Cup Winners Tournament as the #1 ranked team for their region. A big upgrade to the forward line came with star striker Tenis Pujacs coming over from Latvia. Pujacs has been playing incredibly well in friendly games alongside home-grown striker Thomas Hartge.

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Powerplay Manager Automatic Practice Feature

New video: Powerplay Manager Automatic Practice.

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