Entries from March 2009

A Scaling Challenge for Twitter Search

March 15th, 2009 · 8 Comments · General

The other day, I explained why, as far as I can tell, Twitter’s existing search functionality isn’t that hard to implement. In a subsequent post, I argued that Twitter is not a search engine, an opinion that seems to place me in a minority of the blogosphere, albeit a substantial one. Today I see that […]

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Challenge: Blog + Twitter vs. Aardvark

March 14th, 2009 · 11 Comments · General

I asked Aardvark the following question this afternoon: Trying to track down an animated short where a bunch of critters invent a machine to discover where they are, only to learn that they are a dream inside someone’s head. They ultimately turn into pink flamingos as the dream evolves. I remember them all chanting “Flick […]

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Clay Shirky: Save Society, Not Newspapers

March 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on Clay Shirky: Save Society, Not Newspapers · General

There is so much writing about the impeding demise of the newspaper industry that’s it’s becoming easy to tune it out. But it’s refreshing to see a cutting analysis like the one Clay Shirky makes in “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable“. He starts with an anecdote about how, in the early 90s, the Knight-Ridder newspaper […]

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Vivisimo, Please Keep It Real

March 13th, 2009 · 22 Comments · General

Let me preface this post with a clear disclaimer: I am the Chief Scientist of Endeca, a leading enterprise search vendor, but the views I express on this blog, including those about Endeca’s customers, partners, and competitors, are my own. And one of my strong personal opinions is that marketing campaigns should be honest. One […]

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I Have 10 Aardvark Invites

March 12th, 2009 · 16 Comments · General

The kind folks at Aardvark appreciated my write-up and sent me an invite, and, as per the usual viral rules, that means I can invite 10 more people. Let me know if you’re interested via the comments. I might be offline much of the day, but I’ll process requests in the order received.

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Is the Aardvark a Social Animal?

March 12th, 2009 · 10 Comments · General

A colleague alerted me to Aardvark, a social search service, scheduled to launch during SXSW, that offers users to ask question via instant messenger or email and receive live answers from your social network. Check out recent coverage by John Batelle and ReadWriteWeb. The initial press is quite positive. In particular, ReadWriteWeb compares it favorably […]

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Media Cloud: Watch, Analyze, Learn

March 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

A couple of months ago, Tom Tague, who leads the Calais initiative at Thomson Reuters, presented at the New York Semantic Web Meetup. One of the projects he alluded to was announced today and reported in ReadWriteWeb: “Media Cloud Leverages Calais to Track News Trends“: Media Cloud, a new project from the Berkman Center at […]

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Making Ads More Interesting…for Users or for Google?

March 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

Google annouced today that: We think we can make online advertising even more relevant and useful by using additional information about the websites people visit. Today we are launching “interest-based” advertising as a beta test on our partner sites and on YouTube. These ads will associate categories of interest — say sports, gardening, cars, pets […]

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Exploring Semantic Means

March 11th, 2009 · 8 Comments · General

I gave a talk last week at the New York Semantic Web Meetup entitled “exploring semantic means“, and I thought readers here might want to peruse the slides. You can see more pictures of the event here, as well as the slides Ken Ellis presented about the work he’s doing at Daylife. I was also […]

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More Adventures with PR People

March 10th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, I wrote a reply to all PR people who seem to think that, because I blog, they should pitch their companies’ press releases at me. I’m not sure whether to be flattered or annoyed. What I’ve decided to do is share some of my experiences with readers–my top 3 that I […]

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