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 graphfruit 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 (Setp 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)
You might not have taken particular note of Google’s answer box – but more and more Google delivers the answer first and organic results later. Dr Pete at the Moz Blog shows 101 examples of answers about people, sports, places – including buildings, distance, calculators – and so much more. Scroll through them at 101 Google Answer Boxes: A Journey into the Knowledge Graph (Aug 8)
News about DeepDyve where you can get journal articles usually at a reasonable price. Now there is a preview tool – “The full text of any article on the site is now available free to users for 5 minutes each day.”
DeepDyve, Inc. Offers Free, 5-Minute Preview of Journal Articles, Newsbreaks (June 6)
The count of results at Google can be very misleading – what logically should go down may go up. This can be the case between a search phrase with quotation marks and without. We expect more results if just looking for keywords anywhere, and less if looking for an exact phrase. This posting from Barry Schwartz for Search Engine Roundtable – Google’s Database Tiers – Searching Deeper – explains why the reverse can happen.
The answer is because Google will often search deeper into their index to find more relevant matches when you use quotation marks in your search. When you do not use quotation marks, Google doesn’t always search into deeper index tiers.
Daniel Russell is running his course on Advanced Power Searching with Google again – January 23 to February 14, 2013. This is a good course for learning about the features and syntax at Google and how to use them. It won’t take a lot of your time, but it is important to stay on top of it.
Daniel Russell at Google generously shares search tips through the 1 Minute Morceau (MM) in his blog Search Research.
- Why is text in a search or on Google Docs underlined in red? Likely a spelling error. Control click to get more information about the word.
- What’s all that bolding of words in search results? Search terms – yours plus the words that Google picks up that usage has shown to be “statistically related” – these are often word variants or synonyms. The video explains related words very well.
- What will Google News Archive reveal? An historical perspective on events. The video - Search Google News Archives Fast! – shows how to access advanced search and use the time period to limit results and find early reports.
- Drag an image onto Google’s image search box to find others like it – it helps if you add a keyword or two to provide context. See Search-by-Image Fu.
These are all excellent. Follow Daniel Russell at Search Research.
Blekko is the slashtag engine. Its main strength (apart from blocking spam) is the topical treatment through slashtags for filtering results. For example, if you were searching for vegetarian diets, you’d be wise to limit to the /vegetarian slashtag – eg breakfast/vegetarian.
This posting about 10 Blekko Secrets at Search Engine People (Dec ) is a mini-guide to using slashtags well. Blekko might recommend a slashtag, but you can also use directories to locate them. In fact there is even a tag for it – /directory.
I didn’t know that slashtags are described – just as any true classifier will create a scope note for a category, so will a Blekko slashtag maker. These can be viewed by combining a slashtag with the additional tag /view — such as in this given example — /small business/view.
There is more about Blekko search in the article.