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Knol vs. Wikipedia: A Follow-Up

Like most of the blogosphere, I greeted the debut of Google’s Knol in July with deep skepticism. Perhaps two months is too soon to judge their endeavor, even in internet time, but I’m inclined to agree with Farhad Manjoo at Slate that Knol will never be as good as Wikipedia. I maintain, as does Udi […]

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Knol: Google takes on Wikipedia

Just a few days ago, I was commenting on a New York Times article about Wikipedia’s new approval system that the biggest problem with Wikipedia is anonymous authorship. By synchronous coincidence, Google unveiled Knol today, which is something of a cross between Wikipedia and Squidoo. It’s most salient feature is that each entry will have […]

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Approach and Identify

Back on my 30th birthday, my wife gave me a copy of Logan’s Run, with a card ensuring me that I’d found sanctuary. The joke is probably lost on those who haven’t seen this wonderful sci-fi B-movie, as is the title of this post, but you can crib from the script here. But I’ll get […]

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Google Profiles: Nice Idea, Meh Execution

The top story on Techmeme is the new push Google is making around profiles. You can get a sense of the reactions from links to the official Google post. Here is a sampling: Don’t Google Me – Abstaining from Google Profile Personalized Network Searching: Google after People Search Google Empowers Users Control Over Their Online […]

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Transparency or FAIL

I’ve long been proponent of transparency in search engines and recommendation systems, on the grounds that transparency cultivates trust even in the face of the inevitable fallibility of algorithmic models. Perhaps my stance has an ideological tinge. But, as we’ve seen from recent events, transparency isn’t just an academic concern. I’d like to touch on […]

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Wikipedia Embracing Information Accountability?

Given the recent debate on this blog over the merits of Wikipedia, I’m tickled to see that Jimbo Wales, Wikipedia’s controversial founder, is coming out in favor of requiring anonymous edits to be approved. (via Matthew Webber at UID Teatime Blog). I’m stoked, since this is the one point on which I think Knol beats […]

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Sell Your Integrity for $0.65

Everyone has their price, but who knew it was so low? First, we see Burger King persuading people to trade 10 Facebook friends for a Whopper (suggested retal price: $3.69). Then some are suggesting that Twitter might create a business model offer companies a sort of pay-per-click (PPC) approach to friendship where they might pay […]

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Guerilla Marketing Gone Wild

The Sunday before Festivus is surely a slow news day, but today’s top tech story is a doozie. Evidently College Prowler, a publishing company for guidebooks on top colleges and universities in the United States, was creating hundreds of “Class of 2013” groups on Facebook, using sock puppet accounts, for the purposes of self-promotion. Brad […]