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Google Just Announced a Major Search Algorithm Change That Users Will Probably Love, and Some Businesses May Absolutely Hate |
Google is now using it's groundbreaking work in natural language processing (Bert) to process (at least some of) its search requests.
search  google  ai  via:GoogleNews 
october 2019 by mcherm
Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Fed wants to know
Perhaps the current unexplained economic expansion is due to GDP failing to count the value of free internet services. Surveys of people rank search as the most valuable by FAR.
economics  google  search  via:reddit 
october 2019 by mcherm
Less than Half of Google Searches Now Result in a Click | SparkToro
Google doesn't exist to send people to other sites. 50% of "searches" do NOT result in any next click. (And many others lead or other Google-owned sites.)
google  search  internet  via:HackerNews 
august 2019 by mcherm
Bing is (unexpectedly) aging well – FutureSin – Medium
Apparently Microsoft's Bing search engine isn't a failure and is actually making lots and lots of money. And has >5% of US searches.
search  google  microsoft  via:HackerNews 
june 2019 by mcherm
Google Online Security Blog: HTTPS as a ranking signal
Probably nothing there is could have created as strong a push toward the use of TLS than Google agreeing that it will boost your search ranking.
google  search  security  internet  https  via:reddit 
august 2014 by mcherm
Google's Impressive "Conversational Search" Goes Live On Chrome
I didn't realize this, but Google search can now support making references to previous searches (eg: "how old is Barack Obama" followed by "how tall is he").
search  google 
june 2013 by mcherm
Magic keywords on Google and the consequences of tailoring results - Gabriel Weinberg's Blog
Google's "search bubble" from search personalization is quite real and has significant effects.
search  google  GabrielWeinberg  via:GabrielWeinberg 
november 2012 by mcherm
Founder's Blog - Jitbit: Google Search is only 18% Search
Most of Google's search results page is covered in adds and other junk.
google  search  advertising  via:HackerNews 
september 2012 by mcherm
A Relevant Tale: How Google Killed Inktomi - Diego Basch's Blog
Engineer at Inktomi: "Google killed us off. One could tell it was coming because all the engineers at Inktomi used Google as their search engine."
history  google  search 
may 2012 by mcherm
Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine
Wolfram Alpha: it's useful for lots of things, but one is that it groks equations and does things like solving them for you.
math  useful  search 
february 2012 by mcherm
The world's worst privacy policy.
"By using any of our services, you grant us permission to surgically implant a tracking microchip of our choosing in your body and sell all collected information to the highest bidder"
via:slashdot  privacy  search 
january 2012 by mcherm
Google+ Is Going To Mess Up The Internet
Google's +1 vote buttons cause Google's search results to favor discussion pages (like Google+ discussion pages) over the original content being discussed. That's bad.
googleplus  via:HackerNews  search 
january 2012 by mcherm
Google penalizes Google Chrome for (Accidently) Gaming SEO
Google applies penalties to its own site (Chrome) for violating search-engine-optimization rules. They are holding themselves to a higher standard. Good.
google  search  via:HackerNews 
january 2012 by mcherm
Agile Tortoise Blog - Wolfram Alpha doesn't "get it"
IPhone app developer links to Wolfram Alpha with search terms pre-populated if searches in his own app come up blank. Wolfram complains this violates their TOS (it does). What a silly issue to complain about, and what a waste of money to use lawyers as the first means of contact.
law  copyrightabuse  wolframalpha  search  via:HackerNews 
february 2011 by mcherm
Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results
Google ran a sting and proved that Microsoft is "stealing" their good search results.
google  microsoft  search 
february 2011 by mcherm
The best search engine.
search  google  pinboard_only 
january 2011 by mcherm
Verizon snuffs Google for Microsoft search • The Register
Verizon pushed out an update to blackberries: where previously the default search box could be configured by the user to search google, bing, or others, now it can ONLY search bing. Evil.
search  google  microsoft  verizon  mobile  evil 
december 2009 by mcherm
Anatomy of a bad search result – chris dixon's blog
How Google gets fooled: someone is building fake "blog" sites that pull text from real sources (wikipedia, etc) to fool Google.
search  google  spam  seo  via:HackerNews 
december 2009 by mcherm
Bing search site suffers outage
Microsoft's Bing search engine goes down for 30 min. Hardly anyone notices.
personal_net  search  via:reddit 
december 2009 by mcherm
The Transitions: Which is the best search engine
Entertaining look at what search engines say is the best search engine.
funny  search 
december 2009 by mcherm
document.f.q.focus(); The Billion Dollar Line of JavaScript
Google's homepage puts the focus in their search box. It's worth a billion dollars because it helped them take over from the address bar.
via:BillTheLizard  google  javascript  search  browsers 
october 2009 by mcherm
Whimsley: Googling Barbie Again
This is the most cogent criticism of Google as a search engine that I have read in quite some time. Points out that the results for seaching for "barbie" used to include near the top Matel sites as well as counter-culture sites. Today, it's all Matel sites and Google-owned stuff (plus wikipedia).
google  search 
july 2009 by mcherm
Microsoft's Search Crusade Will Burn Billions And End Badly
Smart insight: Microsoft shouldn't invest so much money into competing with Google on search, because it won't make money for them - they simply won't win. The $8 billion should be use elsewhere.
Microsoft  bing  search  google 
june 2009 by mcherm
Blind Search
This takes Microsoft's, Yahoo's, and Google's search engines and presents them in a blind taste test.
via:reddit  yahoo  google  Microsoft  search 
june 2009 by mcherm
Microsoft's spam bot has been blocked | Clicky Blog
Microsoft's search spider apparently pretends to be a user who was sent from Microsoft's search. They're trying to inflate their numbers.
via:HackerNews  search  evil  Microsoft 
april 2009 by mcherm
Wolfram|Alpha: Searching for Truth | h+ Magazine
Wolfram (the Mathematica guy) is building a web application that answers questions. He is also a charismatic huckster.
via:boingboing  StephenWolfram  search 
april 2009 by mcherm
Whimsley: Mr. Google's Guidebook
Interesting observation about the internet: Google tries to prioritize things according to links, but no one makes links anymore... they just use Google. So early preferences in the first few links to a site become frozen in.
google  via:CodingHorror  internet  search 
february 2009 by mcherm
Fulltext Search - Eventum
We currently can't search our MediaWiki installation for words of 3 or fewer characters. This explains why and how to fix it.
mediawiki  mysql  search 
november 2008 by mcherm
Why Do We Forget Things?: Scientific American
Perhaps the brain is very good at storing memories, but not very good at retrieving them.
brain  via:boingboing  search  memory 
november 2008 by mcherm
The Next Phase of the Internet
Interesting idea: Google transformed the internet by providing search. The next transformation will be filtering, and it may not come from Google. I'm not sure if I agree... search is quite closely related to filtering (after all, it's not the searching that's tricky, it's the ORDER of the results).
google  BruceEckel  search 
september 2008 by mcherm
Adding OpenSearch to your website and getting in the Browser's Search Box - Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen
You too can make it easy for users to put a search of your site into their browser. Here's how.
webdevelopment  webdesign  search  browsers 
july 2008 by mcherm
The Google Dilemma
An essay on the legal and ethical issues involved in selecting the order in which to display search results.
law  google  search  JamesGrimmelmann 
july 2008 by mcherm
The Laboratorium: Rescuecom Oral Argument Report
Description of arguments in an interesting trademark case: can one buy ads linked to keywords on Google? (Actually, only reaches the question of summary dismissal, not the question of the case.)
law  ip-law  trademark  google  search 
april 2008 by mcherm
compfight / a flickr™ search tool
A tool to search flickr for creative commons licensed images. Works a bit better than flickr's own search.
via:boingboing  flickr  useful  search  pictures  photos  images  creativecommons 
march 2008 by mcherm
Google to kill Domain Tasting
Google says they'll stop paying for ads in domains that are < 5 days old to reduce the incentive for unscrupulous registrars to steal domains by abusing the grace period.
via:digg  google  search 
january 2008 by mcherm
Getting Lookout to run on Outlook 2007 again - Joel on Software
Joel tells us about a search tool for Outlook and why we should use it.
Microsoft  outlook  email  search 
january 2008 by mcherm
Experimental search site by Google.+
personal_net  google  search 
october 2006 by mcherm
Alexa Web Search Platform
Site allowing you to write your own search engine or other application that needs the data from a web crawl, and execute it on their servers with their web-crawl data. Quite interesting.
personal_net  useful  webservices  search  amazon 
october 2006 by mcherm

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