Knowledge Graph through Google Glass

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 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.

Knowledge Graph and SERPs

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.”

OED for year-of-birth words

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)

Scirus to close

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.

Google Knowledge Graph – compare things

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+ Online Photo Tools

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.

Behind the Results Count at Google

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.