New and better searching at Pinterest – very “organic”. Use the zoom to bring up images that are similar. Often these are the same image but saved to other boards, or they are similar design at an individual board. Either way, it adds to visual searching as a search option. Fun
Pinterest’s New Visual Search Results Won’t Have Ads, Ginny Marvin, Marketing Land (Nov 10)
The new in-Pin visual search adds an entirely new layer to discovery, and flips traditional keyword-based search on its head. It will likely have broad appeal to retailers and brands looking to reach users as they show active interest in specific items.
Annebelle Gurwitch at the New Yorker responds to unwelcome emails in this humourous piece that will make you laugh at your own overloaded inbox of invitations. Please Unsubscribe. A companion piece could be please remove me forever from Google+.
Emoticons – and now emojis – have a long history, as Reid Goldsborough explains in this LinkUp article — The How’s and Why’s of Emoticons (Sept).
The Emojipedia tells us that “Emoji originated in Japan. The word emoji means “picture letter” in Japanese. Each character has an official name, defined as part of the unicode standard.” We are most familiar with the round, yellow people faces with various expressions.
All these and the emoticons of early Internet days are used still in email, text chat, texting – anything text.
Of interest is that they predate the Internet — “Telegraph operators in the mid-19th century used acronyms such as IMHO (in my humble opinion) and FWIW (for what it’s worth) when communicating among themselves, according to the book The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage. Later, teletype operators used emoticons when chatting. In both cases it was to save time.”
Better video search at Bing – according to this article – Bing Refreshes Video Search: Adds Bigger Thumbnail Images & Offers More Info (Search Engine Land, June 19) Promises to make search faster.
Hola – a great Chrome or Firefox browser extension for accessing web sites that would otherwise be blocked based on your IP number. A WebSearchGuide reader sent me this tip. Hola makes it possible to access Google.com from outside the United States and view anonymously (ie privately) the search results complete with in-depth articles – a feature still not rolled out to the rest of the world. Canadians will also appreciate that it makes it possible to receive music played from US-based services.
From the FAQ:
Hola’s goal is to make the Internet faster and fully accessible to everyone. Install Hola on your PC, phone or tablet to make your Internet faster, more open and more anonymous. Hola lets you have unlimited access to information that is otherwise not available in your geography while protecting your online privacy. It also lets you stream videos faster than ever before. Hola is a collaborative Internet — it works by sharing the idle resources of its users for the benefit of all.
Worth taking some time to try out.
Next time you search Google watch the suggested searches that pop up – especially those for the first letter you enter. Host Advice has analyzed the autocompletes and created an alphabet according to Google. The letter A, as an example, is surely going to show Amazon first – likely worldwide; and there is a pretty good chance that E will be eBay.
The Phonetic Alphabet according to Google – 2015 by Eliran Ouzan, Host Advice (Jan 25)
There will be some variations depending on where you live. In Toronto, C is for Canadian Tire. These auto completes are influenced by current local search activity – how else would J be for Jian Ghomeshi? ut this will pass, and J might change to Joe Fresh, at least in Canada. Anyway – fun to watch.
Bing has new features to help students – but Canadians will have to change location to the United States under settings to see these. Features include finding free online courses and e-books in library (really haveto be in the US). Also Ted lectures, snapshots / knowledge panels.
Search Less & Learn More: Explore Online Courses, Books & More On Bing. by Saikat Basu, MakeUseOf (July 4)
If you like games and trivia, and you have time, this SmartyPins played with Google Maps could be for you.
SmartyPins: a new Google game to teach about Google maps (and a bit of geography), Dan Russell, Search Research (Jul 3)
Talk about an answer machine! Google now gives how-to instructions.
Google’s Knowledge Graph Is Showing Step By Step Instructions: Here Are Some Examples by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Jun 24)
Google.com – instructions on how to make french toast
But you have to use Google.com.
DuckDuckGo, a meta search engine that seeks results from best sources, has partnered with Yummly, a semantically smart search engine for food recipes. What a fusion!
Yummly Partners With DuckDuckGo To Serve Up Recipes For The Growing Search Engine, Amy Gesenhues, Search Engine Land (Jun 11)
Search at DuckDuckGo for recipes showing the Yummly banner
“By working with Yummly we are delivering the most useful and visually stunning recipe search experience out there. Yummly’s technology understands recipe search queries and we’ve worked together to create a great recipe instant answers experience,” said Gabriel Weinberg, founder and CEO at DuckDuckGo. [From the Yummly announcement ]