Hshtags – new search engine in beta for searching across the social media universe by hashtag. Can filter by type of message (text, video, image), and platform. Another way to do research or simply play with for serendipitous discoveries.
This new search engine is being called ‘the Google of social media’ Molly McHugh, Digital Trends (Nov 20)
US District Judge, Denny Chin, ruled that the Google’s digitization project is fair use and contributes to the public good. But, observes Navneet Alang in this article in the Globe and Mail (Nov 19), good as the Books projects is, this decision just “handed the keys over to a private company.”
Crunching the real costs of Google Books’ library of everything, Globe and Mail (Nov 19)
There may be consequences we won’t like.
- more targeted advertising – Google places ads.
- more infringement on privacy – somebody knows what you read
- dependency on Google, a company with a history of killing projects and removing features
And, this point resonates –
The more important point, though, is that projects that are in the public interest – as Judge Denny Chin says Google Books is – should also be, well, public. The reason is simple: our cultural archives shouldn’t lie in the hands of one private company, or the many competitors that will now follow suit in light of this new ruling. Instead, the collected historical representations of various cultures around the world should be run and organized by bodies designed to represent the concerns of everyday people.
Great – use Bing for travel searches and get TripAdvisor content.
Bing Integrates TripAdvisor Tools, Content Into Search Results, Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Nov 21)
Bing will now display TripAdvisor reviews and photos as well as TripAdvisor’s hotel price comparison tool in SERPs. TripAdvisor’s full content library including restaurants, hotels and attractions will reportedly be available to Bing.
For example, on my search for Palm Springs, Bing gives me:
- tripadvisor with access to over 47,000 reviews
- visitpalmsprings.com – again
- and in 7th spot tripadvisor
Good as the placement is in Bing, I will likely search tripadvisor directly.
Being in LinkedIn or Twitter can get you your next job.
Canadians are using social media to find jobs, global study says, Linda Nguyen, Globe and Mail (Nov 20)
… U.S. human resources firm Kelly Services, found that 39 per cent of Canadians polled have been contacted through a social media website or network in the past year about a possible job opportunity.
Survey polled 122,000 from around the world including the United States.
… on average, 41 per cent said they were contacted in the past year about a job through social media. Brazil was the highest at 74 per cent, while the figure for the United States matched Canada at 39 per cent.
When you use Google Scholar you can now save articles to your own “library” This posting shows how it works.
Google Scholar Library: Add Scholar Search Results To Your Library by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Nov 20)
Mozilla is revamping Firefox and the result will make it more like Chrome and IE 10 and more suitable for mobile.
Enter Australis: Mozilla streamlines Firefox’s look by Stephen Shankland, Cnet (Nov 18)
“The new user interface is designed to be faster, easier to use, and suited for a future with Firefox running on phones and tablets, too. As always, though, change means pain.”
Brilliant – Luzme is a specialty meta search engine for ebooks that will find best price across ebook sellers in Canada, the US, UK, Australia, India, UK.
How to find the best price on the e-book you want, Rick Broida, CNet (Nov 15)
“Price-comparison site Luzme will show you the prices from every e-book seller that carries the book and notify you if there’s a price change.”
Danny Sullivan asks Google’s Broken Promises & Who’s Running The Search Engine?. Marketing Land (Nov 17)
Sullivan attempts to explain Google’s actions in having paid inclusion in its shopping engine, and accepting banner ads in search.
“The more complex answer is that things do change and require companies and products to adapt. Maybe it does make sense that Google shifted to a paid inclusion model for shopping search, despite its earlier stance against this. Maybe Page and Brin were naive to think that a bad search engine wouldn’t sell giant graphical units to brands for their own names, especially when brands themselves seem willing if not eager to buy.”
Sullivan does voice a warning to Google that it should be careful not to let the trust users have had erode. No wait – I think that erosion has begun.
The pronouncement by Dominiek ter Heide that semantic web has failed is very alarming. It might also be overstated. Some people do do research on the Web and appreciate the new avenues that tools like Knowledge Graph provide.
Three reasons why the Semantic Web has failed, GigaOm (Nov 3)
Still we can’t ignore this call — “It’s time to ditch the old paradigms of documents, knowledge and keyword search. We live in a world of big data, real-time streams and human emotions. It’s time for a revolution in information retrieval. We need a web that’s dynamic and centered around humans.”
Mobile users – note this – new mapquest app for iOS7 and Android. “Launching today, our new MapQuest mobile app offers a personalized navigation experience that’s both easy-to-use and safe for everyday drivers”
Announcing the New MapQuest Navigation App, Mapquest Blog (Nov 13)