Entries from November 2009

Fun with Google, Bing, and Yahoo

November 29th, 2009 · 8 Comments · General

Web search is a fiercely competitive space–as Google points out, “competition is just one click away“. In practice, I take that claim with a grain of salt–but I do think the switching costs are much lower than in most competitive markets. With that in mind, it’s interesting to look at what happens if you search [...]

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Marti Hearst: Tech Talk on Search User Interfaces

November 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments · General

Earlier this week, Marti Hearst gave a Tech Talk at Google about her recently published book, Search User Interfaces. Fortunately for those of us who missed (myself included!), it is now available on YouTube. Enjoy! (via Jon Elsas)

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Can We Learn From Anti-Social Users?

November 21st, 2009 · 7 Comments · General

One of the interesting challenges we face as both both developers and consumers of search technology is that social signals are a double-edged sword. On one hand, social signals have proven essential in distinguishing signal from noise–be they links, re-tweets, or any number other ways that online consumers (or more correctly “prosumers”) actively and passively [...]

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Exploring Explortatory Search

November 18th, 2009 · 13 Comments · General

Google’s recently released Image Swirl is slick. But I’ve been struggling to figure out whether it’s useful or simply a showcase for cool technology. And that’s prompted me to think about the overloaded term “exploratory search“. A while back, I tried to define exploratory search based on what it is not. This time, let me [...]

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An Ad-Supported Model With Teeth?

November 15th, 2009 · 5 Comments · General

A computer-implemented method for operating a device, the method comprising: disabling a function of an operating system in a device; presenting an advertisement in the device while the function is disabled; and enabling the function in response to the advertisement ending. So reads the first claim from a patent application that Apple recently filed (with [...]

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Call for Speakers: Enterprise Search Summit 2010

November 13th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

I’m no longer in the enterprise search business, but I know that many readers here are. If you are one of those readers, then I strongly encourage you to consider participating in the Enterprise Search Summit, which will take place next May in New York. I presented there last year and enjoyed the opportunity to [...]

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Week 1 at Google: Information Overload!

November 13th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

As you might imagine, it’s quite a switch to go from criticizing Google from the outside to being on the inside. Jeff Jarvis, who was gracious enough not to make fun of me in public, nonetheless admitted to me privately that the news had made him chuckle. As I finish my first week, I can [...]

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The Noisy Noogler: A Quick FAQ

November 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m barely 24 hours into my new life as a Googler, and I’ve already gotten lots of questions! Here at the answers to a few of them: Will I continue blogging at The Noisy Channel? Absolutely! I’m committed to posting at least weekly, and I’ll try to do better than that once I’m settled into [...]

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Apologies for Slow Response Times

November 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

I am without my own laptop for a few days as I manage a transition between jobs. So I apologize in advance if I am slow to respond to email, comments, or tweets over the weekend. I’ll be back at full steam early next week.

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Going (to) Google

November 6th, 2009 · 65 Comments · Uncategorized

This is my last week at Endeca. The decision to leave has been a heart-wrenching one: not only have the past ten years been the best of my life, but my experiences at Endeca have defined me professionally. Moreover, Endeca is riding a wave of success with recent advances in our products, new relationships with [...]

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