Entries from April 2009

Reference vs. Referral

April 10th, 2009 · 8 Comments · General

I just read an interesting “guessay” by designer Joshua Porter entitled “The Slow Erosion of Google Search“–which in turn cites an insightful essay by Brynn Evans, “Why social search won’t topple Google (anytime soon)“. Brynn’s tweet alerted me to the Porter essay, which just shows that social media can have directed cycles! But what really […]

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Happy Birthday, Noisy Channel!

April 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Actually, I’m a few days late: Monday, April 6th was the 1-year anniversary of The Noisy Channel. I was looking back at my first post and I’m happy to see that, while both the content and readership of this blog have broadened over the past year of growth, my focus has stayed true to my […]

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Guest Post: Exploring Visual Similarity with Modista

April 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Guest posts are always a pleasure, but today I’m particularly delight to have AJ Shankar of Modista share his thoughts about visual exploration. My friend Arlo and I co-founded Modista, a web site that uses computer vision algorithms and a novel user interface to enable product exploration and discovery on the web. The premise is […]

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Chillin’ with CHI Attendees

April 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

I didn’t get to actually attend CHI this year, but I was fortunate to be able to hang out with attendees during the receptions on Wednesday evening. There was a respectable HCIR representation there, plus I was able to meet folks with whom I’d only corresponded on Twitter. In fact, I was even introduced as […]

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Google News Cluster Timelines

April 8th, 2009 · 11 Comments · General

Just saw a post from Alex Chitu  at the Google Operating System blog about a new feature on Google news letting you see a timeline of articles from a cluster of related articles. Here’s a screenshot, taken from his post: This strikes me as a cool feature, though it’s frustrating that Google limits you to […]

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Something Jeff Jarvis and I Agree On

April 7th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General

Recently I had a bit of a spat with Jeff Jarvis over how he characterizes Google’s transparency. Jarvis has positioned himself as the standard-bearer for all things Googley and I’ve taken on the un-Googley task of championing exploratory search, so it’s not surprise that we often find ourselves disagreeing. But, in the same Steve Rubel […]

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Announcing HCIR ’09!

April 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Announcing HCIR ’09! · Uncategorized

I am proud to announce that HCIR 2009, the third Annual Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, will take place at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC on October 23, 2009! You’ll recognize the familiar crew of organizers:  Bill Kules, Ryen White, and yours truly. And we’ve lined up a great keynote […]

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Great Blogging Tips from SEOmoz

April 7th, 2009 · Comments Off on Great Blogging Tips from SEOmoz · Uncategorized

I know that a number of you here are bloggers and trying to earn greater visibility for your blogs. I suggest you check out the “21 Tips to Earn Links and Tweets to Your Blog Post” at the SEOmoz blog. It’s great advice that you can follow with a clear conscience.

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Danny Sullivan vs. Newspapers

April 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

Danny Sullivan has a delightful rant on Daggle, his personal blog, entitled “Google’s Love For Newspapers & How Little They Appreciate It“.  It’s a fun read–though like all rants it could use an editor–and there’s even a fair amount I agree with. Still, as I noted in a comment, he does steal a few bases. […]

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What Exactly is the Associated Press Announcing?

April 6th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The blogosphere is in a tizzy over a press release from the Associated Press that begins as follows: The Associated Press Board of Directors today announced it would launch an industry initiative to protect news content from misappropriation online. AP Chairman Dean Singleton said the news cooperative would work with portals and other partners who […]

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