Entries from September 2009

Transparent Text Symposium: Day 1

September 21st, 2009 · 8 Comments · General

Wow, what an intense day at the Transparent Text symposium! I won’t try to give detailed summaries of the talks–videos will be posted after the conference, and you can get a pretty good picture from the live tweet stream at #tt09. Instead, I’ll try to capture my personal highlights and reactions. I’ll start with Deputy […]

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Follow-Up Podcast for UIE Seminar on Faceted Search (Free!)

September 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Last month, Pete Bell and I presented a virtual seminar on faceted search for Jared Spool’s User Interface Engineering (UIE). Whether or not you attended the seminar, you can listen to a free podcast in which we answer some of the questions we didn’t get to during the seminar. If you still have an unanswered […]

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Live Tweeting from Transparent Text Symposium

September 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Live Tweeting from Transparent Text Symposium · Uncategorized

As promised, I’ll blog about the two-day Transparent Text symposium when it’s over and I have a chance to collect and express my thoughts. But for now you can follow the live Twitter stream at #tt09.

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Project Gaydar: A Reminder That Privacy Isn’t Binary

September 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

There’s a nice article in the Boston Globe about “Project Gaydar“, a project to predict who is gay based on statistically analyzing their Facebook networks. They’ve only done ad hoc validation of their predictions, but claim that their results seem accurate. The involvement of distinguished MIT professor Hal Abelson (at least to the point where […]

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T2: Judgment Day for Twine?

September 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on T2: Judgment Day for Twine? · General

Nova Spivack, CEO and founder of Radar Networks, just released a preview (see above) announcing Twine 2.0, a semantic search engine to be released later this year. As Erick Schonfeld points out on TechCrunch, Twine hasn’t managed to attract broad adoption. I tried it briefly when it came out, and I have to confess that […]

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Transparent Text Symposium

September 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

One of the unexpected benefits of accepting an invitation to speak at SIGMOD 2009 was an invitation from fellow participant Martin Wattenberg to attend the upcoming Transparent Text symposium at the IBM Center for Social Software: The Transparent Text symposium is a free event that will focus on ways to make large collections of documents […]

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Blogs I Read: The Haystack Blog

September 17th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s been quite the week in tech business news, with Adobe acquiring Omniture, Google acquiring reCAPTCHA and being rumored (falsely) to acquire Brightcove, Facebook announcing that is has over 300M users and is cash-flow positive, and Twitter closing a new round of funding at a $1B valuation. Recession? What recession? But sometimes I like to […]

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Udorse: Give Product Placement a Chance

September 15th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General

Those of you who don’t live and breathe the software startup scene might be oblivious that a substantial fraction of Silicon Valley is following TechCrunch50, an annual competition hosted by TechCrunch. As if it weren’t enough to have A-list judges like Marissa Mayer and Paul Graham, there’s even the fortuitous timing of Intuit acquiring 2007 […]

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Bing Visual Search Beta

September 14th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Bing launched a Visual Search beta today that is fun to play with. The name may be a bit misleading–this isn’t an image search engine, let alone one that allows you to find images based on visual similarity. Rather, it’s a graphically intensive (don’t forget to install Silverlight!) way to explore a small data collection. […]

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Is Bing Optimizing for the Short Snout?

September 14th, 2009 · 11 Comments · General

In a post about Bing on CNET today, Rafe Needleman comments that “it makes business sense to pour resources into popular searches. Optimizing for the short snout pays.” First, it’s an interesting counterpoint to the conventional wisdom that search (if not the future of business as we know it) is all about the “long tail“. […]

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