Who knew how much that little search box on the homepage of Google would change our culture. From new directions in business, to the most basic way that you perceive your friends and colleagues, a simple web query can have sweeping affects. Jeff Jarvs has uncovered some statistics about Google that illustrate its power and… Continue reading How “Search” is Destroying Our Privacy
Yahoo Pumps Up Search Results
Yahoo has just added new features to its search tool that effortlessly gives you deeper information on a variety of searches, including movies, music, travel, shopping, and more: “Customized results also come up for searches dealing with health, sports, and events—all without you having to specify what type of search you are trying to do.… Continue reading Yahoo Pumps Up Search Results
Google Makes it Harder for Vertical Search Engines
Jeremy Liew takes a brief look at how Google is penalizing some vertical search engines within Google search results, and making it harder for them to survive: “When you combine this move to send less traffic to vertical search engines with Google’s more aggressive inclusion of “One Box” search results from Froogle and their other… Continue reading Google Makes it Harder for Vertical Search Engines
The Lack of Context in Search
While Google may seem to be everyone’s starting point on the web, there is still one little problem: context. In order to find what you are looking for, you have to create more detailed search queries, just to get the context for your search. For example, if I search on “speakers,” do I mean stereo… Continue reading The Lack of Context in Search
When Google Replaces Your Brain
Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt chats about a future where Google will know so much about you, that you can rely on it to answer even the most basic questions in your life: “The goal is to enable Google users to be able to ask the question such as ‘What shall I do tomorrow?’ and ‘What… Continue reading When Google Replaces Your Brain
Technorati Relaunches with Focus on Tagging, Universal Search and Context
Technorati has relaunched it’s site with some significant changes: “Whereas folks using Technorati a couple of years ago were predominantly coming to us to search the blogosphere to surface the conversations that were most interesting to them, today they are increasingly coming to our site to get the 360 degree context of the Live Web… Continue reading Technorati Relaunches with Focus on Tagging, Universal Search and Context
One Search to Rule Them All
Google has announced new search features and a redesigned homepage in a move towards ‘universal search.’ What this ties together is the many different search features that they offer. Google’s Marissa Mayer explains the reasons for this move as: “help[ing] you find the very best answer, even if you don’t know where to look.” Read/Write… Continue reading One Search to Rule Them All
Are We Still in the Stone Age of Search?
Read/Write Web shares the Top 17 Search Innovations Outside Of Google. They classify each into one of four categories: Query Pre-processing Information Sources Algorithm Improvement Results Visualization and Post-processing I know, it sounds like fun. But it is a great list to illustrate how much further we need to go with search.
Is ‘Search’ Killing Serendipity?
So what are we losing in an age of personal media and search? In an age where aggregation and social networks threaten to replace the human editor? An experience last weekend made me ask myself this question: As search – a targeted way to find exactly what we are looking for – becomes more integrated… Continue reading Is ‘Search’ Killing Serendipity?
Newspapers Finding Softness in Online Ad Growth
The Wall Street Journal reports that newspapers are experiencing softer online advertising growth this year than expected. Analysts are sharing their estimates of online ad growth: Media-research firm Borrell Associates says:”The growth rate in online ad spending in newspapers will likely fall to a percentage in the low 20s this year from 28% last year.”… Continue reading Newspapers Finding Softness in Online Ad Growth