Entries from August 2009

Finding, Locating, Discovering

August 31st, 2009 · 13 Comments · General

Thanks to Tony Hollingsworth for alerting me to a post by Alex Campbell entitled “Stark realisation: I no longer depend on Google to find stuff“. The title is provocative link bait, but the take-away is very down to earth: Google is primarily useful for locating information than for discovering it. Library scientists make a distinction […]

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Blogs I Read: Chris Dixon (cdixon.org)

August 30th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve started reading a few different blogs in the past months, and one that I particularly like is Chris Dixon’s, which has the simple (if uncreative) title cdixon.org. Chris has an interesting history that includes heading R&D at a hedge fund, co-founding SiteAdvisor, investing in a number of technology companies (including Skype and Postini), and […]

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Free as in Freebase

August 29th, 2009 · 10 Comments · General

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about Freebase, the semantic web database maintained by Metaweb. But I recently had the chance to meet Freebasers Robert Cook and Jamie Taylor and hear them present to the New York Semantic Web Meetup on “Content, Identifiers and Freebase” (slides embedded above). It was a fun and informative […]

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Social Networking: Theory and Practice

August 25th, 2009 · 9 Comments · General

I’ve been a student of social network theory for years, enjoying the work of Duncan Watts, Albert-László Barabási, Jon Kleinberg, and a number of other researchers investigating this field. It should be no surprise that a topic that is so core to our humanity has attracted attention from some of our best and brightest. And […]

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Payola? There’s An App For That!

August 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

Remember a few months ago when there was a scandal about a Belkin employee paying people $0.65 per review to post 5-star reviews to Amazon? Well, that was child’s play compared to what PR firm Reverb Communications has allegedly been doing for it clients. According to Gagan Biyani at  TechCrunch, Reverb hired interns to post […]

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UIE Virtual Seminar on Faceted Search: A Great Experience!

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Pete Bell and I delivered the seminar today, and it was a blast! We had over 150 registered listeners–and I found out that at least one of those registrations corresponded to a roomful of 20 people at an online retailer that is a thought leader in web usability and design! Since we didn’t manage to […]

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Google Search Appliance: Now Without HCIR!

August 20th, 2009 · 14 Comments · General

In an earlier post, I speculated about why Google is holding back on faceted search. Of course, I was talking about their web search properties, not their enterprise offerings. I thought that they’d seen the light by now that faceted search–and HCIR in general–is especially important in the enterprise, where you can’t rely on PageRank, […]

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LinkedIn No Longer Allowing Invite Messages?

August 18th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

I noticed recently that, when I sent out an invitation to connect to someone on LinkedIn, there wasn’t the usual slot for including a free-text note with the invitation. I thought it might be a glitch–and I even considered the possibility that this was only happening to my account because I’m a bit of a […]

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Prediction Is Hard, Especially About The Future

August 18th, 2009 · 9 Comments · General

That Niels Bohr certainly knew what he was talking about! But that hasn’t discouraged folks in any number of industries from trying to make predictions. Google in particular has been researching the predictability of search trends (just to be fair and balanced, so have Bing and Yahoo). Yossi Matias, Niv Efron, and Yair Shimshoni at […]

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Last Chance to Register for UIE Virtual Seminar on Faceted Search!

August 18th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

My colleague, Endeca co-founder Pete Bell, and I are giving a virtual seminar on faceted search for User Interface Engineering (UIE) this Thursday, August 20th at 1:30PM EST. We’ve heard that there are over a hundred sign-ups already–which may actually correspond to more people, since a sign-up may mean a group of people watching in […]

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