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Matt Cutts Lays Down The Law

I was just reading an article on TechCrunch about how New York-based advertising firm MediaWhiz has launched a new product today called InLinks for advertisers who want their sites associated with specific keywords. Those words, when they appear in content, will turn into links to the advertisers’ sites. Basically, they are selling “Google juice”. Natually, […]

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Google Flu Trends: The Privacy Backlash Begins

Don’t say I didn’t tell you so. Declan McCullagh reports at CNET that privacy groups are expressing concern about Google Flu Trends: The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Patient Privacy Rights sent a letter this week to Google CEO Eric Schmidt saying if the records are “disclosed and linked to a particular user, there could be adverse consequences […]

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Under Attack by Spammers

I’ve recently seen a sharp increase in spam comments which are getting past the Akismet filter. I may need to take defensive action if it keeps up, such as moderating comments or using some kind of CAPTCHA. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I don’t like anything that impedes the flow of […]

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Another Difference Between Enterprise Search and Web Search

As long-time readers know, one of my recurring themes is that there is a world of difference between web search and enterprise search–at least as those concepts are understood today. The other day, I had a conversation with my friend Carl Eklof, and we arrived at an aspect of that difference that I have at […]

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Twitter’s Twist on the Attention Economy

I am a long-time LinkedIn user, and over time I’ve accumulated over 1,000 connections. Most of them are people I actually know or at least have interacted with online beyond “connecting”. You might think that’s a large number of people to have as connections, and that I could afford to have a more selective velvet […]

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PageRank: Get Over It

John Battelle posted a plea to Google today to increase the granularity of PageRank, which he calls “the unofficial, and official, and semi-official, arbiter of value on the web.” Alternatively, he proposes that Google “just go dark and don’t tell us anything.” I have an another suggestion: stop worrying about PageRank. It’s not even clear […]

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Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

An oldie but goodie that one of my colleagues at Endeca just reminded me of is the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods by Ralph Lengler and Martin Eppler at Visual-Literacy.org. Click through the picture to the real page, which shows you an example each visualization when you hover over it in the table. Interestingly, tag […]

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Vint Cerf on the next Internet

Vint Cerf published an Official Google Blog post about the next Internet in which he predicts that “that mobile devices will become a major component of the Internet,” that “video will become an interactive medium in which the choice of content and advertising will be under consumer control,” and “a box of washing machine soap […]

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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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Information Accountability

The recent United Airlines stock fiasco triggered an expected wave of finger pointing. For those who didn’t follow the event, here is the executive summary: In the wee hours of Sunday, September 7th, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (a subsidiary of the Tribune Company) included a link to an article entitled “UAL Files for Bankruptcy.” The […]