May was certainly an exciting month for searchâ€¦
Microsoftâ€™s AdCenter release crashed accounts for a few days but Microsoft came back with the announcement of Bing, focused on addressing the fact that 25% of searches result in clicking the â€˜backâ€™ button.
Yahooâ€¦ has done nothing. There are, however, reported talks with Microsoft again. I think this is the only option for Microsoft and Yahoo. At this point, Yahoo has no relevant product and Microsoft has no relevant market. Hopefully the combination of Bing + 30% market share will be a nice boost for them.
Ask.com â€“ well, theyâ€™ve been out of it for a while and made a lot of backwards decisions (limited paid search ads, implementing canonicalization) but they decided to pull the plug on their partnership with LookSmart.
Facebook also announced that theyâ€™ll be releasing editable URLâ€™s soon. Details are at TechCrunch. Interesting, as even Friendster (remember them?) has done this for years. I suspect it will improve the search relevancy of your pages so make sure you have your privacy locked down appropriately.