Here is a thoughtful examination of the issues that underpin the “right to be forgotten” and Google’s response. It’s not black and white – the many aspects make the questions we need to address quite complex.
How Google determined our right to be forgotten, Julia Powles and Enrique Chaparro, The Guardian (Feb 18)
Google doesn’t show well.
“Nine months after the European ruling, it is clear that Google’s implementation has been fast, idiosyncratic, and allowed the company to shape interpretation to its own ends, as well as to gain an advantage on competitors and regulators forced into reactive mode. It avoided a broader and much deeper reflection on digital public space, information sedimentation, and the exploration of collaborative solutions between public and private actors – such as a joint request service across different search engines, with processes for getting confidential advice from publishers and public officials.”
And we need to learn to distinguish between public and private.
“So, if we concede that the internet is public space, that the web is the public record, then Google, on its logic, is the custodian and indexer of our personal records. We must be careful to distinguish the offerings of a handful of internet services from the real public record guaranteed by law, from archives, and even from human memory itself – which will all continue to be available when the amusement park closes.”
Good – if you don’t want to be social at Google through Google+, you can say “no thanks”.
Google+ Is No Longer A Requirement For Creating A Google Account, Martin Beck, Search Engine Land (Sept 19)
It should help the company further distance itself from missteps such as the extremely unpopular integration of YouTube comments and Google+.
No questions – Pinterest is popular. Over 30 billion pins – talk about bookmarks! There are more than 750 million boards (topics). Traffic comes from mobile. But what is the rate of decay? Or maybe it doesn’t matter – maybe people are following and pinning for the present moment only.
Pinterest doubles total number of pins in the past six months, now over 30 billion, Shawn Knight, TechSpot.
Anyone tried Google Glass – the wearable computer that fits into frames of eye glasses? Wikipedia has this image and definition.
Google Glass Explorer
Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.
Now, Google Knowledge Graph cards appear to help in identifying places, buildings, etc.
The Incredible Impact of Knowledge Graph Cards on Google Glass Search Results [Research] by Glenn Gabe, Glass Almanac (Mar 27)
Several screenshots show the types of information cards that can popup when wearing the Google Glass frames for informational and navigational queries.
And there’s one important finding that’s been hard to overlook, pun intended. When performing informational queries, the Knowledge Graph has often taken over the search results on Glass. And when it does, it can take up multiple cards and swipes. And if more and more people begin using wearables that run Android (like Glass, smartwatches, etc.), then the Knowledge Graph is going to be a beast to deal with.
Info junkies will go wild over this. Get more show and tell from Google Glass itself.
What are the implications to businesses of searchers getting the information they need from Google’s Knowledge Graph and not using the search engine results page to click through to the business’ website?
The Knowledge Graph: Should Your Content & Business Strategy Change? by Janet Driscoll Miller, Search Engine Land (Mar 20)
Publishers like National Geographic could lose traffic. Miller wrote, “The Knowledge Graph issue extends beyond traditional publishers, though. If your content strategy has been centered around answering questions, you likely need to rethink that strategy quickly.”
What fun – the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has a finder tool for words recognized for first use in the years 1900 to 2004. Look up your year of birth to find the word for that year. Subscribers to OED can narrow it to month and year. Some public and academic libraries subscribe to the online OED – perhaps yours does.
OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year?, Oxford Dictionaries blog (Dec 13)
This is very bad news – Scirus Says Goodbye. Scirus search engine was created by Elsevier. It indexed web pages that were more scholarly and related to science (though not limited to science). Scirus was often better than Google Schola for results, and always (to this day) has had superior filtering aids. Closing is supposed to happen in 2014. Ah – there was so much promise 10 years ago in the Internet supporting learning – and then junk happened.
Can compare “entitiies” through Google’s Knowledge Graph now – but it has to be for things such as orange vs grapefruit or tea vs coffee. Google’s Knowledge Graph may be imitating Wolfram Alpha. If so, it will need more data. It’s a huge waste of time to throw comparisons at Google and get back nothing. Why can’t it compare steel vs aluminium?
Filter and Compare Knowledge Graph Results, Google Operating System (Sept 26)
Google has added strong tools to Google + for online photo editing. Stephen Shankland describes them as sophisticated and responsive. Tools are only available through Chrome. I wonder what this will mean for Picasa?
Google+ gets sophisticated array of photo editing tools by Stephen Shankland, CNet (Sep 12)
The new tools open up a wide range of fine-tuning possibilities for the sort of person who might use consumer photo-editing tools like iPhoto or Photoshop Elements. You can tweak Google’s auto-enhance editing choices, edit the entire photo or selected parts of it, and apply a number of highly customizable filter effects.
72% of adults who are online might have signed up for social networking, but how many use it? 72% of Online Adults are Social Networking Site Users, Pew Internet (Aug 5)