Entries from October 2009

Tuning in to Google Music Search

October 29th, 2009 · 6 Comments · General

With all of the activity around e-books last week, you might think that the online world wasn’t paying attention to the media category most transformed by the Internet music. But a week is a lifetime in the ADD-addled technology press, and today’s top story is that Google is “making search more musical“. From the official [...]

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Ben Shneiderman’s HCIR 2009 Keynote: The Future of Information Discovery

October 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

The slides for Ben Shneiderman‘s HCIR 2009 keynote on “The Future of Information Discovery” are now available on the workshop web site. I’ve also taken the liberty to upload them to SlideShare and embed them here. The slides don’t do justice to Ben’s presentation style, but hopefully they at least communicate a taste of the [...]

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Google Experimenting with Social Search

October 26th, 2009 · 5 Comments · General

Google may be an also-ran in the social networking market with its Brazil-centric Orkut service, but that hasn’t stopped the search giant from adding social features to its products. A post at the (unofficial) Google Operating System blog recounts the history of Google Reader’s social evolution, up to but not including its latest update last [...]

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HCIR 2009: Human-Human Interaction

October 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

On Friday, I had the privilege of seeing just how much the annual Workshop on Human-Computer Information Retrieval has grown up since I conceived it in the summer of 2007. Back then, my co-conspirators and I worried about attracting a critical mass of participants–indeed, Endeca employees easily accounted for a quarter of the attendees (and [...]

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Off To DC

October 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m heading to Washington, DC tomorrow morning, a couple of days before the HCIR ’09 workshop. I’m not sure I’ll have any opportunities to blog while I’m in the nation’s capital, but of course I’ll post a write-up about the workshop when I’m back! Meanwhile, if you need your blog fix, I encourage you to [...]

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Books! Books! Books!

October 20th, 2009 · 5 Comments · General

When my daughter was born almost two years ago, I wondered if she’d grow up reading books. After all, I do most of my reading online, and increasingly find myself reading short articles rather than whole books. Needless to say, she’s loved books so far, even if she’s shredded a few. But the bigger surprise [...]

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Who Will Buy?

October 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

As some of you know, I’m a karaoke junkie. But it’s my wife who has the classier repertoire, including “Who Will Buy?” from the musical Oliver!: Who will buy this wonderful morning? Such a sky you never did see! Who will tie it up with a ribbon And put it in a box for me? [...]

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Third Annual Workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM 2010)

October 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I’m proud to announce that Eugene Agichtein, Marti Hearst, and Ian Soboroff have invited me to help organize the upcoming Workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM 2010). The workshop will take place in conjunction with the ACM  Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2010), a young conference that has quickly become a [...]

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Innovation at Huffington Post: Data-Driven Headlines

October 15th, 2009 · 31 Comments · General

The other day, I was suggesting to one of my colleagues that Endeca‘s software could help authors write better (translate, more SEO-friendly) headlines. The details of that discussion are proprietary, but I’m sure you can imagine the gist. But we all wondered whether authors would be willing to stomach such a left-brain infringement on their [...]

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Are Duplicate Tweets Spam?

October 15th, 2009 · 3 Comments · General

The Twitterverse is all a-twitter with a new controversy: Twitter has rolled out a new feature that blocks duplicate tweets. They reported to the SocialOomph blog that: Recurring Tweets are a violation no matter how they are done, including whether or not someone pays you to have a special privilege. We don’t want to see [...]

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