Entries from October 2008

Disincenting Spam

October 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on Disincenting Spam · General

Greg called my attention today to news that Digg is shifting from popularity-based aggregation to personalized news. I can’t say I’m thrilled at the prospect of a system that “would make guesses about what [users] like based on information mined from the giant demographic veins of social networks”. I don’t suppose the results are necessarily […]

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Google Exec Udi Manber: In-House Search is “Not That Good”

October 19th, 2008 · 6 Comments · General

On Friday, David Needle of InternetNews published an article with the provocative title, “Google Exec Disses Google’s In-House Search“. The essence of the article: Udi Manber, the Google VP of Engineering who is responsible for core search, evaluated Google’s internal search tools less than enthusiastically, saying “It’s not that good — I’m complaining about it”. […]

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Advertisers are Irrational

October 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on Advertisers are Irrational · Uncategorized

I’ve learn a lot from what Herb Simon, Danny Kahneman, and others tell us about the fallacy of assuming that human behavior conforms to unbounded–or even bounded–rationality. But it’s always nice to see reminders in real-world scenarios, especially ones where real money is at stake. If you enjoy this topic, I recommend Greg Linden’s post: […]

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Blogs I Read: Jeff’s Search Engine Caffe

October 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

One of the great things about blogging is that its public nature helps keep me honest. For all that I talk about “give to get,” I could do a bit more of it myself. One way I’d like to try is by adding a new category of posts called Blogs I Read to talk about […]

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Recent Sightings of Citing

October 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I’ve been excited to see some of the material from this blog making its way into the wider world. Here are some recent mentions I’ve found: Media: Kindle Newsweek; SNL Portal; Poor Newspapers Come On Now, Hit ‘Submit’ Father of the Internet Talks About His Child’s Future Why Google Isn’t Enough Sharing ideas is what […]

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Duck Duck Go!

October 16th, 2008 · 6 Comments · General

Recently I’ve starting using Twitter Search to find people talking about topics that interest me. One of my serendipitous finds was Gabriel Weinberg, who is reported to have single-handedly built a search engine called Duck Duck Go. I’ll suspend judgement on the name–after all, Beyond Search blogger Steve Arnold proudly calls himself an addled goose. […]

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Taxonomies 101

October 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Taxonomies 101 · Uncategorized

Thanks to Gwen Harris at Taxonomy Watch for calling my attention to James Kelway’s two-part article on creating user-centered taxonomies. It’s a great introduction to the subject.

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Is the Cloud a Trap?

October 14th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

A colleague of mine just pointed me to an article in Freedom to Tinker by Luis Villa entitled “Cloud(s), Hype, and Freedom“. It’s a nice analysis of some of the ideas that motivated two of my recent posts: “The Future is Mostly Cloudy” and “2.0 Means Give-to-Get“. Enjoy!

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2.0 Means Give-to-Get

October 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments · General

I’ve been living in a kaleidoscope of “2.0”s recently: web 2.0, enterprise 2.0, government 2.0. I know some of those are already shedding 2s in favor of 3s. But I wanted to reflect on the core tenet of these 2.0 visions: give-to-get. First, let me give immediate credit to the folks at the Greater IBM […]

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Alerting: Push or Pull?

October 13th, 2008 · 4 Comments · General

The other day, I was ranting about how Google is conflating the goals of search and advertising. One of the questions that we discussed over at Greg Linden’s blog was whether the difference between search and advertising is push vs. pull. But, as we concluded, that isn’t quite it. The difference is not the means, […]

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