Our top priority at World Vital Records is understanding our customers needs. A VC friend told me recently that if you choose a market and understand your customers' needs better than anyone else, and meet those needs, that you will be successful.
Our World Vital Records team has launched international genealogy search engines for 11 countries, with 18 more in the pipeline already. Our intial list includes a search engine for genealogy in China and a search engine for genealogy in India. Other countries include Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Kenya, the Philippines, Tonga, Turkey, and Ukraine.
In December our web analytics showed that Worldvitalrecords.com had visitors from 117 countries. Now we are up to 141 countries. The web is truly a global phenomenon. So is family history. World Vital Records is helping people all over the world find their ancestors. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements in the coming months.
From the Official Google Blog, we learn that Google Video searches will now include links to videos hosted at YouTube, but in the future, Google Video will index "the world's online video content" whereever it exists.
My Google Reader (for RSS feeds--highly recommended!) now has a wonderful "share this" feature, which allows me to quickly tag the best news stories that I read each week, even when I don't have time to blog about them. Then, those shared items show up online for others to view. My shared items can be found here.
I'm reviewing some of the powerpoints from December's Search Engine Strategies Conference, particularly the presentations on mobile web site design and marketing, which were excellent. The session on Mobile Search Optimization, moderated by Danny Sullivan, was excellent. Someone took copious notes and posted them. Must have been a court reporter present.
I love Art Buchwald and didn't know that he had passed away until I saw his pre-filmed video obituary. The New York Times has rolled out a service they call "The Last Word" where they allow famous people to say goodbye and tell how they would like to be remembered.
Jeff Barr is coming to Provo Labs in February! This is going to be a great opportunity for Utah's entrepreneurs and IT crowd to learn more about what Amazon is doing with web services. Jeff is a Web Services evangelist at Amazon; he has an great inside view of the powerful tools and services that Amazon has built for internal use that they are willing to provide to other companies, some for free and some for a fee.