Entries from June 2009

Those Who Give Twitter *Get* Twitter

June 6th, 2009 · 9 Comments · General

Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb wrote a post arguing that the people working at Twitter aren’t using the service the way its power users do, and that this bodes ill for Twitter. His main arguments: Twitter’s employees don’t twitter very much: an average of 2 to 3 tweets per person per day. Twitter employees don’t follow […]

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Enabling Exploration Through Text Analytics

June 5th, 2009 · 7 Comments · General

As promised, here are my slides from the recently held Text Analytics Summit. Feel free to download them from SlideShare–some of the animation may not come through in this version (though I try to use such animation sparingly). I enjoyed the conference, and was pleasantly surprised by the overall intellectual level of participants, who included […]

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Google Squared: A Great First Step

June 4th, 2009 · 23 Comments · General

Regular readers know that I am not a Google fan boy, and that much of my commentary on Google focuses on their neglect of exploratory search. Nonetheless, when I saw the initial Youtubeware describing Google Squared a few weeks ago, my ears perked up. I decided to wait until it went live to assess it. […]

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Google Search Appliance Woos, But Does It Wow?

June 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

Yesterday, Google announced the latest version of its search appliance, GSA 6.0, to great fanfare. As usual, their emphasis was on scale: they’re pushing a distributed architecture that lets them “push it to a new realm: billions”. It’s a nice sound bite, and it played well to the press. The few analysts who commented about […]

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Faceted Search Book: Now Available Online!

June 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m delighted to report that my faceted search book is now available for online purchase at the Morgan & Claypool site! The printed version should be going out shortly (you can pre-order at Barnes & Noble or Amazon); the publisher assures me that there will be copies in time for SIGIR.

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Banging on Bing: A Bummer

June 1st, 2009 · 23 Comments · General

So, Bing is out early. Yes, an early release from Microsoft! And it’s snappy, attractive, and offers decent quality. If I needed to use Bing as my main search engine for the web (yes, readers, imagine a world without Google and Yahoo as search options). I’d survive. But I can’t say I’d be thrilled. I’ve […]

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