by Jeff Conducthttp://www.conductsearch.com
Coursing through the carpeted hallways of the Hilton NYC convention center, thousands of people from every demographic were either entering or exiting the various lecture halls. This was not to say that the traffic at the booths was small, but the numbers of people who were there just to gather information was dizzying. The 2006 Search Engine Strategies Convention in New York City was everything an attendee or sponsor could hope for. Kicked off by a keynote speech given by Ask.com's Barry Diller, it's been awhile since rumor circulated concerning the possible sale of Ask.com. However, when Diller says: "search will be everywhere," in regards to the future, it may be assumed that the seasoned media vet has no plans to retire his jersey in the near future. More players mean more competition. This bodes very well for the niche players, too. The torch of search innovation will be carried forward by the 'have-nots;' companies still hungry to improve search in order to attract new users, because the game is far from over.