Category Archives: Searching

Personas | Metropath(ologies) | An installation by Aaron Zinman

Personas is pretty fun to watch. Wish you could do something with it, like click through to the sources.

Personas is an art installation by Aaron Zinman that is a component of Metropath(ologies), an interactive exhibit by the Sociable Media Group, MIT Media Lab… It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you. Enter your name, and Personas scours the web for information and attempts to characterize the person — to fit them to a predetermined set of categories that an algorithmic process created from a massive corpus of data. The computational process is visualized with each stage of the analysis, finally resulting in the presentation of a seemingly authoritative personal profile.

phiii.com – the graphic finder


Looks like the start of a buy-n-sell infogaphics site?

Basically, everyone in phiii participate, both as buyers and as sellers. As a buyer, there are no restrictions. Sellers are invited phiii of their graphics on the platform phiii.com can sell or advertise with us. Prerequisite for the provision of graphics on phiii.com is a high quality of graphics. Poorly made or inadequately researched graphics are not acceptable to us. Any graphic that is offered here, an information. Cheap clip-art graphics or purely artistically motivated illustrations for sale are not allowed.

Japan: URLs Are Totally Out

“Within minutes of riding on the first trains in Japan, I notice a significant change in advertising, from train to television. The trend? No more printed URLs. The replacement? Search boxes! With recommended search terms. It makes sense, right? All the good domain names are gone.”

Web Domains: Tools To Use, Articles To Read

“A thought-out domain name can save you a lot of time and bring you a lot of traffic. Search engines love topic-related domain names and they seem to be an important aspect which is being used to evaluate web-pages. Besides, if you have a popular web-site with enviable reputation, you might be willing to make sure that your visitors don\'t get to some surprising web-sites mistyping your site\'s URL… Let\'s take a look at essential, hand-picked domain-related tools, articles and resources we\'ve found in the Web during our research.”

Top 17 Search Innovations Outside Of Google

“There are an abundance of new search engines (100+ at last count ) — each pioneering some innovation in search technology. Here is a list of the top 17 innovations that, in our opinion, will prove disruptivein the future. These innovations are classified into four types: Query Pre-processing; Information Sources; Algorithm Improvement; Results Visualization and Post-processing. [Some of these innovations are present in various Google properties, but are either missing or available only in limited form in the main search page...]“

The Blog Merchandising Problem, or, Blogs, V 2.0 (2.1? 3.0?)

“Late last year, in my predictions post for 2007, I mentioned something I called, quite uninventively, ‘Blog 2.0.’ More specifically I wroteL ’10. “Blog 2.0′ will become a reality. By this I mean that Version 1.0 blogsites, of which I think Searchblog is a good example, will begin to look dated and fade in comparison to sites that employ better approaches to content management, navigation, intelligent widgets and web services, etc.’”

like visual search engine

“a new visual search engine, where the contents of photos are used to search & retrieve similar items. users can search their favorite pair of earrings or shoes by selecting parts of images, by color, by detail or by similarity to uploaded photos, & order them by color, shape or pattern.”

Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources

“Got a research paper or thesis to write? Want to research using the Internet? Good luck. There’s a lot of junk out there — outdated pages, broken links, and inaccurate information. Using Google or the Wikipedia may lead you to some results, but you can rarely be sure of accuracy. And what’s more, you’ll only be searching a fraction of all of the resources available to you.”

German BMW Banned From Google

“From what it looks like, the German websites of car maker BMW have been kicked out of the Google index. BMW.de at this time has a PageRank of 0. A search for BMW Germany, which only days ago yielded BMW.de as a top result, now doesn’t show any sign of BMW.de at all. Instead, BMW.com — BMW’s international site — is on top for this search. The reason for the ban is likely to be that the BMW websites have been caught employing a technique used by black-hat search engine optimizers: doorway pages. German and international bloggers last week were quick to spread the news.”