Can’t get enough video? Use this list of Top Video Search Engines and Video Search Sites at reelseo (July 22) Some formerly brilliant search engines are just “surviving” – like Blinkx and Veoh. The writer Andy Smith has some nice words to say about Bing Video and eHow.
What does Google do with the new TLDs? Nothing. And now it seems Google doesn’t give preferential ranking to .edu or .gov.
Google Explains How It Handles The New Top Level Domains (TLDs), Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (July 21)
In summary, there are no TLDs that Google finds preferential to others; they are all treated equally in rankings. There are some geo-specific TLDs that Google will default to a specific country and use that as an indicator that the website is more important in a specific geographic region. But all TLDs are treated equally.
Here’s an excellent example of a powerful combination: open access journals and a Google custom search engine. Canadian law librarian, Annette Demers, at the University of Windsor Paul Martin Law Library, has constructed a custom search for Open Access Law Reviews and Commentaries. See her posting — New! Meta Search of Open Access Law Journals!. This is Annette’s fourth custom search engine.
European Union is having trouble grappling with copyright and access to materials in an online world. (Aren’t we all?) Here we read – EU Parliament takes strong stance against geoblocking (PC World, Jul 10).
A new report the E.U. Parliament called on a Commission examining copyright and access “to look for ways to improve access to online content across borders, “while recognizing the importance of territorial licences, particularly for TV and film productions.”
Of concern to Google, German conservative MEPs asked for “cillary copyright for press publishers. Such a copyright would potentially force search engines like Google to pay for the republishing of news snippets.”
Good news – Power to the people: Facebook news feed tool lets users pick posts to see first – IT WOrld (July 9). People using an iOS device can start now.
Facebook is adjusting its news feed and adding a tool that will let users pick the content that appears at the top of their news feeds, among other new features.
Dan Russell is running “new and updated” version of his MOOC – Power Searching with Google. This is a must-do course for anyone serious about becoming a good searcher. See Announcement: A new version of PowerSearchingWithGoogle.com will open on Monday, July 20, 2015 asap.
Helen Brown readers of her blog to Bookmark these five great deep web research resources (Helen Brown Group, July 16).
Two are handbooks for investigative journalists which I have blogged about also. Stunning.
Two are the work of Paul Myers, an investigative journalist in the UK. Research Clinic has some collections and articles. However, be aware that collections and tip sheets are hard to keep current. For example, the page of Google’s search syntax lists ~ tilda as an operator – no – that was dropped; and link: as an operator for picking up pages that link to a site is so unreliable as to be useless.
If your interest is in genealogy, the best gem will be PIBuzz by Tamara Thompson. She’s in California and has collected many US records databases.
GMail is getting better at identifying and filtering out spam and junk email by applying the same intelligence that is used for Google Search and Google Now.
The mail you want, not the spam you don’t, Official GMail Blog (Jul 9)
Especially note: “Finally, the spam filter is better than ever at rooting out email impersonation—that nasty source of most phishing scams. Thanks to new machine learning signals, Gmail can now figure out whether a message actually came from its sender, and keep bogus email at bay.
The smartphone is changing people’s search practices and Google, in the face of a multitude of apps, is fighting to stay King of Search. Leading the charge is Amit Singhal, Google’s search chief.
Reinventing Google for a Mobile World, Conor Dougherty, New York Times (July 9)
“My job is not to just look at the trend today. My job is to look at what’s beyond the horizon,” Mr. Singhal said in the interview. “And beyond the horizon, there is so much more people can do on their devices that is not possible today.”
Gigablast, a long standing search engine that most users forgot about, has been chosen as the software for searching the 400+ billion web documents in the Internet Archive. Currently, you need to have the original URL of the page to retrieve the page from the archive.
Internet Archive Chooses Gigablast, PRNewswire (July)