Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on July 23rd, 2010

This Week in Drupal SEO News: DrupalCon Copenhagen Initial Program, Redesign Deadline, and Life In A Day Experiment

If any ounce of your body is infected with "nerd" than you are aware that Comic-Con is currently underway at the San Diego Convention Center - conveniently where this photo was taken. What you are looking at is a trolley sign outside of the Comic-Con. Can't read it? Try busting out your Klingon Translator. That's right, in order to avoid any unnecessary discrimination lawsuits and (inevitable) bloodshed, the trolley signs outside the center has been translated to Klingon. Not only am I proud to be a Trekkie right now, but very proud that nerds are rising up to certain level of awesomeness that can only be measured in light years. But I digress. Good news for all you Drupal fans. Join me after the jump for DrupalCon Copenhagen sessions, news for the redesign, and a experimental and historical video contest of sorts called "Life In A Day".

DRUPAL SEO NEWS DrupalCon Copenhagen Program Announced After sifting through 240 session submissions, the Copenhagen team has announced the DrupalCon Copenhagen Conference Initial Program. A total of 93 sessions will be available, with 83 regular sessions, 6 platinum sponsor sessions, 3 keynote sessions, and 2 lightning talks. Here are screenshots I took of the initial program: Day One Day Two Day Three I am honored and humbled once again to be presenting at a DrupalCon. If you aren’t too overwhelmed by the shear awesomeness of this schedule, please come join me for Drupal 7 Search Engine Optimization. I will show you what has changed with SEO in the upcoming Drupal 7 release, what has stayed the same, and how to get on top of the new awesomeness that is Drupal 7 SEO. Redesign #1 Priority for 2010 At a recent Drupal Association retreat in San Francisco, the completion of the redesign was set as its number one priority for the remainder of 2010. In order to help prevent any obstacles moving forward, the assembly agreed to fund five “contracts” that have been preventing the completion of the redesign. These five “contracts”, or jobs, have been identified as such: • Architect • Solr Developer • Project Module Developer • Git Migration Lead • and Infrastructure Developer This new association project team has already been hired. To read more on their hiring process, as well as the newest members of the redesign, follow this link. SEARCH NEWS New Google Image Search If you have conducted an image search this week on Google, you may have noticed a completely new presentation of results. Besides the overall visual aesthetic getting a makeover, the “similar images” and “similar colors” features were refined for more heavy-duty, algorithmic wizardry. Here are the results of an image search I conducted for the query: “drupal redesign”: But that’s not all folks, here is the rest of the new features for Google Images courtesy of the Google blog: • Dense tiled layout designed to make it easy to look at lots of images at once. We want to get the app out of the way so you can find what you’re really looking for. Instant scrolling between pages, without letting you get lost in the images. You can now get up to 1,000 images, all in one scrolling page. And we’ll show small, unobtrusive page numbers so you don’t lose track of where you are. • Larger thumbnail previews on the results page, designed for modern browsers and high-res screens. • A hover pane that appears when you mouse over a given thumbnail image, giving you a larger preview, more info about the image and other image-specific features such as “Similar images.” • Once you click on an image, you’re taken to a new landing page that displays a large image in context, with the website it’s hosted on visible right behind it. Click anywhere outside the image, and you’re right in the original page where you can learn more about the source and context. • Optimized keyboard navigation for faster scrolling through many pages, taking advantage of standard web keyboard shortcuts such as Page Up / Page Down. It’s all about getting you to the info you need quickly, so you can get on with actually building that treehouse or buying those flowers. Life In A Day Contest is Tomorrow Description from the “Life In A Day” YouTube channel: Life In A Day is a historic global experiment to create the world's largest user-generated feature film: a documentary, shot in a single day, by you. On July 24, you have 24 hours to capture a glimpse of your life on camera. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into an experimental documentary film, executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.

Google Search Story of the Week Google has been posting “search story of the week” videos on their blog this summer. Here is this week’s, entitled: ”Brother and Sister”. Enjoy!

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