Best browser today

Browsers are not all the same. This PCWorld article puts current browsers (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Chrome, Firefox, Opera) through tests for speed, resource usage, and function.

The best web browser of 2015: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, IE, and Opera compared, Mark Hachman (Aug 21)

A key difference is in consumption of memory and CPU. Both usage figures go up as more tabs are added. Chrome is noted for “sucking up” memory. Having Flash enabled can worsen usage, especially in Firefox. Opera was the most efficient. All browsers pass the benchmark tests. The To note – Flash will slow down a browser. Hope more sites convert to HTML5. All provide ample function for viewing web pages, but Firefox has the lead in number of plugins available.

Of interest: “Firefox includes a Firefox-to-Firefox videoconferencing service called Firefox Hello that works right in your browser, and you can save webpages to a Pocket service for later reading. And this is where Edge shines—its digital assistant, Cortana, is built right in, and there are Reading View options and a service to mark up webpages, called Web Notes. Cortana does an excellent job supplying context, and it’s certainly one of the reasons to give Edge a try.”

Check article to learn which browser was considered best.

Searching out Capitalization

Learn more about search strategies from Dan Russell in his description of approaches taken to Answer: Why all the crazy capital letters? (Aug 25)

Fascinating reading, especially if you have wondered, as I have, why writers in the 1930s and earlier capitalized so many words in documents and correspondence. Uppercase adds importance especially to topics, anything related to religion, positions, titles. However, today the rule is to limit capitalization.

New from Mary Ellen Bates

Searchers will be interested in the two new slideshows Mary Ellen Bates has posted at SlideShare in advance of sessions Web Search University in September 2015. Excellent.

Social Media Gains Respectability – primer on the value, how to use, how to search, and how to protect privacy.

Competitive Intelligence for non CIers – what it is, how to do it. Has strategies and tools.

DMOZ shows in search results

Can Open Directory (aka Dmoz) make a comeback? Very few people use  subject directories anymore. But this one has hung on, and John E Lincoln at Ignite sees signs of life — IS DMOZ MAKING A COMEBACK FOR SEO? NEW SIGHTING (Aug 24)

Of interest: “Now we know that Wikipedia has been losing traffic and Google is looking for other sites to fill the void. Perhaps Google is looking to other properties for information and authority. Either way, this new development has SEO professionals looking at DMOZ again.” And so, perhaps, should web searchers.

Images in the Knowledge Graph

There is more than meets the eye in Google’s algorithms for choosing images to show in the Knowledge Graph. Bill Slawski gives a summary of the patent.

How Google Decides Which Images To Show For Entities In Knowledge Panels, SEO by the Sea (Aug 16)

“The combination of image scores and quality scores for web pages that contain images of entities might be used to generate an image authority score.”

More new domain suffixes in use

The new personalized top=level domain names are taking hold. It seems more than 6 million new suffixes have been registered – .vegas, .jobs, .bike – could be anything.

Who needs .com? Domains like .vegas, .pr, .nyc are trending, Joyce Rosenberg, AP via Seattle Times (Aug 19)

The original set of suffixes had meaning – .com, .org, .edu – that searchers could exploit. The new ones have no pattern. But it might also be true that only these cute names will be used by smaller operators.

ProQuest content to be indexed in Google Scholar

ProQuest Scholarly Content Now Discoverable in Google Scholar, PRNewswire (Aug 11)

ProQuest has marked another milestone in ease of access to its rich research content. The full text of its scholarly content – including journals and working papers – is now indexed in Google Scholar, enabling Google Scholar users to seamlessly discover and access their library’s ProQuest collections. Efficiency and productivity for both ProQuest and Google Scholar users is improved, while libraries benefit from increased usage for their subscribed collections.