Entries from April 2009

Wolfram Talks About Wolfram Alpha

April 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

I felt pretty lucky to get an early preview of Wolfram Alpha, but real insiders like Rudy Rucker get personal demos from Wolfram himself. Rucker not only published a post about his conversation but also posted a “slightly condensed” hour-long podcast of the interview. I listened to the whole hour. My biggest surprise is at […]

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Guy Kawasaki, I’ll Say It

April 6th, 2009 · 17 Comments · General

I just saw this post from a week ago by Andrew Goodman on Traffick asking “Is Guy Kawasaki Singlehandedly Ruining Twitter?“. Some context: Guy Kawasaki gave a keynote at the New York Search Engine Strategies conference last week in which he discussed the tactics he uses to “use Twitter as a twool“. Of course, what […]

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Google Already Knows What You’re Thinking

April 5th, 2009 · 5 Comments · General

An unsubstantiated assertion I’ve seen repeatedly over the last months is that Google needs to acquire Twitter because Twitter knows what is happening (or what we’re thinking about) now, while Google can only look backwards. The latest version I’ve seen of this argument is from Jeff Jarvis’s post today, entitled “Why Google should want Twitter: […]

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I’m No Google Fan Boy, But…

April 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

I may not be a Google fan boy (start with this post if you’re new here), but the recent column in the Guardian (which, by the way, is one of my favorite Endeca customers) entitled “Google is just an amoral menace” is over the top. In fairness to the Guardian, the column is an opinion […]

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API for TunkRank Scores

April 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

I hope that most readers here have had a chance to try out TunkRank. TunkRank is an application Jason Adams built, in response to a challenge to implement a measure that takes a PageRank-like approach to measuring influence on Twitter. To my delight: TunkRank has become¬† an influential user on Twitter, with 47 followers, a […]

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Google Preferred Sites

April 4th, 2009 · Comments Off on Google Preferred Sites · Uncategorized

I just read over at Micro Persuasion that the Google’s experimental “preferred sites” feature is now available to all users via Google Labs. The feature allows users to specify web sites that receive preferential treatment in their personal search¬† results. I like the feature in theory–it moves some of the control from Google’s black-box relevance […]

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Usability Begins At Home

April 3rd, 2009 · 6 Comments · General

As some of you may know, I have a muti-faceted identity: I have an awesome day job; I’m a prolific blogger (really?), I’m writing a book; and I have a wonderful family. Of course, it’s easy to forget that all of these facets co-exist, and that not everything stays put within its original context. Well, […]

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Data Mining Case Studies Workshop and Practice Prize

April 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Data Mining Case Studies Workshop and Practice Prize · Uncategorized

I was recently alerted about the Data Mining Case Studies Workshop and Practice Prize: The Data Mining Case Studies Workshop and Practice Prize was established to showcase the very best in data mining case deployments. Data Mining Case Studies continues into its third year, to be held at KDD2009. Data Mining Case Studies will highlight […]

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Digg Getting Faceted Search?

April 3rd, 2009 · 6 Comments · General

I’ve never really dug Digg (though I remember Dig Dug from the 80s), but I’m delighted to hear that they’ve announced plans to “fix search” by, among other things, adding faceted search to the site. Here’s a screen shot, by way of TechCrunch. I’m still not keen on Digg’s social filtering model, which strikes me […]

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Twoogle?

April 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

Lots of buzz tonight about a TechCrunch-reported rumor that Google is in serious talks to acquite Twitter. I can certainly see why Google would rather buy Twitter now, before the company gets any more expensive. They paid a pretty penny for YouTube and perhaps have learned to move more quickly on popular technology they can’t […]

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