Entries from February 2009

Are You Part Of The Noisy Community?

February 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

About a month ago, I added a page to this blog called The Noisy Community, a directory of people whom I believe to be regular readers. It’s easy to identify those of you who contribute comments. But I realize many more of you are lurkers (the logs tell all!), and that’s OK too. All of […]

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Previews of Upcoming Industry Search Conferences

February 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on Previews of Upcoming Industry Search Conferences · General

Some of you, despite President Obama’s admonition, may have enjoyed FASTForward in Las Vegas last week. Others may be spending $2,295 to attend the Omniture Summit in Utah this week, which includes skiing at Snowbird and a Maroon 5 concert. I certainly hope that those of you who are Endeca customers and partners will be […]

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Yes, Virginia, Google Does Devalue Everything It Touches

February 14th, 2009 · 47 Comments · General

Mike Masnick at TechDirt just published a post entitled “WSJ Editor Claims Google Devalues Everything” in which he objects to Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson’s claim on the Charlie Rose show that “Google devalues everything it touches.” His  main objections: This is wrong on so many levels it’s hard to know where to […]

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$35M Is Nothing To Tweeze At

February 13th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Hot of the presses: Twitter raises $35M in funding! As reported on the Twitter Blog: Twitter is growing at a phenomenal rate. Active users have increased 900% in a year and even though our web traffic is amazing, we see twice that traffic to the APIs. Interacting with Twitter over SMS is also getting more […]

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Canonical URLs and Faceted Search

February 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

Big news from Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft: the three web search leaders announced yesterday that they will jointly support a standard by which a web page can indicate the address of its “canonical” version. By using this standard, a site can avoid the problem of indexing duplicate copies of pages and suffering, from an SEO […]

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Think Evil

February 13th, 2009 · 16 Comments · General

Every now and then, I think about ways to subvert the ad-supported model, particularly for web search. It’s my token resistance to the tyranny of free. Some of my thoughts undoubtedly qualify as evil. And today, Friday the 13th,  feels like an appropriate day to let my evil side take over the blog. A few […]

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Read all about WSDM ’09 at Jeff’s Search Engine Caffe

February 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Jeff Dalton didn’t attend WSDM 2009 (the second ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining) in Barcelona this week, but that hasn’t stopped him from blogging about it! Check out his excellent notes: WSDM 2009 Workshop Day Jeffrey Dean WSDM Keynote: Building a Large Scale Search Engine WSDM 2009 Best Papers and other […]

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Social Media: Making it Measure Up

February 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

This morning, I was privileged to attend a social media breakfast hosted by Crimson Hexagon at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York. I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than breakfast. Breakfast was excellent (as to be expected when catered by restaurant sharing my daughter‘s name, Lily), but the real fare came from the […]

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Yahoo: BOSS Ain’t Free

February 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

In lyrics whose authorship seems disputed between Barrett Strong and John Lee Hooker, we learn: The best things in life are free But you can keep ’em for the birds and bees Now give me money, that’s what I want. Well, the good news from Yahoo is that, judging from today’s announcement, they seem serious […]

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Social Media Meets Corporate

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

I’ve been following the FASTForward ’09 conference from a distance–somehow I couldn’t justify spending a few thousand dollars to attend just to satisfy my curiosity, not to mention explaining a “business trip” to Vegas. Instead, I read what I could find online. Microsoft invited (I assume, paid) several bloggers to attend the event and write […]

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