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"Why teach search?
Google understands the importance of finding the right information at the right time. We create tools to let you find the information you need, of the kind you need, when you need it. In most cases, a simple search works really well. But for more specialized questions, a bit of instruction in how to search improves all searcher--from middle school students to trained professionals--and lets you discover and use more, higher quality sources than ever before."
search  searchengine  learning  teaching  pedagogy  research 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Curation is the New Search is the New Curation
"What has happened is that Google's ranking algorithm, like any trading algorithm, has lost its alpha. It no longer has lists to draw and, on its own, it no longer generates the same outperformance -- in part because it is, for practical purposes, reverse-engineered, well-understood and operating in an adaptive content landscape. Search results in many categories are now honey pots embedded in ruined landscapes -- traps for the unwary. It has turned search back into something like it was in the dying days of first-generation algorithmic search, like Excite and Altavista: results so polluted by spam that you often started looking at results only on the second or third page -- the first page was a smoking hulk of algo-optimized awfulness."
search  searchengine  curation  internet  spam  google 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Three's a Trend: The Decline of Google Search Quality - Anil Dash
Building momentum for a trend that I thought started four or five years ago when Wikipedia became the top-result for every search.
search  searchengine  google  quality  information 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Minimovies - I Love Alaska - Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug
"I love Alaska tells the story of one of those AOL users. We get to know a religious middle-aged woman from Houston, Texas, who spends her days at home behind her TV and computer. Her unique style of phrasing combined with her putting her ideas, convictions and obsessions into AOL's search engine, turn her personal story into a disconcerting novel of sorts."
film  documentary  remix  searchengine  data  anonymity  online  queries 
february 2009 by tsuomela
TinEye Reverse Image Search
TinEye a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.
search  image  photography  searchengine  visual  tools  web2.0 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Detecting influenza epidemics using search engine query data : Article : Nature
One way to improve early detection is to monitor health-seeking behaviour in the form of queries to online search engines, which are submitted by millions of users around the world each day. Here we present a method of analysing large numbers of Google search queries to track influenza-like illness in a population. Because the relative frequency of certain queries is highly correlated with the percentage of physician visits in which a patient presents with influenza-like symptoms, we can accurately estimate the current level of weekly influenza activity in each region of the United States, with a reporting lag of about one day. This approach may make it possible to use search queries to detect influenza epidemics in areas with a large population of web search users.
epidemics  influenza  health  data-mining  search  searchengine  google 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Top 100 Alternative Search Engines, February 2007
Monthly review of alternative search engines to be published at Read/Write Web.
search  searchengine  list  alternative 
march 2007 by tsuomela

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