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Google + CC = Good »

Google has just launched a "Usage Rights" category in their advanced search. It uses Creative Commons license to allow users to search for works which either "allow some form of re-use" or "can be freely modified, adapted or built upon". This is a great step forward and will hopefully increase the adoption of Creative Commons (CC). On the other hand, I don't see CC mentioned on the page and having only two choices is limiting, considering the various other licenses that people are likely to use. Yahoo advanced search already has two radio buttons instead allowing you to choose...

Vint Cerf joins Google »

Vint Cerf just left MCI to join Google. Congratulations Vint! Interesting in the context of eBay buying Skype... UPDATE: Google press release...

CC in Yahoo! Advanced Search »

Creative Commons: weblogCC in Yahoo! Advanced Search Yahoo! Search for Creative Commons is now part of the Yahoo! advanced search Way to go Yahoo!(Now close to 16 million pages linking to a CC license.)Now it's official. Thank you Yahoo!!...

BitTorrent Search Launched »

BitTorrent have just launched a search service. It allows you to search for legal Torrents. Someone slashdotted the secret URL before it was launched and they moved it about an our later. The amazing thing is that someone wrote a Firefox search extension in the hour it was up. ;-) Anyway, this launch is official. It looks like they underestimated the interest and the site is really slow right now, but give it a try in a bit. I would also like to disclose that I am in discussions with BitTorrent about joining their advisory board. It's not inked yet,...

Anti-Starbucks site doesn't use "Starbucks" in name »

Cory @ Boing Boing BlogAnti-Starbucks site doesn't use "Starbucks" in name NPR sez, "'The Delocator' is a site that helps you find independent alternatives to Starbucks in your neighborhood. So why isn't it called the 'Starbucks Delocator'? Because the San Francisco Art Institute was too scared that Starbucks would come through with the corporate smack-down. Of course this renaming means the site won't show up in google when people search for 'Starbucks', and what's the point if people can't discover it? Carrie McLaren is out to change that: she's launched a google campaign to get people to link to it...

Google sending prefetch cookies »

CameoGoogle & Firefox == Evil & Annoying I recently did a search at google for "radio shack". To my surprise, I received a cookie setting request from radio shack.com. This had never happened before- and radio shack also happened to be a sponsored link. I did other searches, such as "ford", "sony", and even "girl scouts"- and each time, the top link requested a cookie to be set. Since Girl Scouts did not have a sponsored link- I realised it must only be the top link that sets a cookie. It turned out that Mozilla browsers (that includes firefox) and...

Google lawsuits guiding the way »

New York TimesGrowing Number of Lawsuits Could Hurt Google's Ad Revenue PARIS, March 27 - [...] This month, Mr. Dariot triumphed in his year-and-a-half-old lawsuit against Google's French subsidiary, which has been ordered to pay him $97,000 in fines and legal costs. Dariot and his travel companies, Luteciel and Viaticum, successfully challenged Google's practice of selling Internet advertising from rivals designed to appear with Web searches for his trademarked Web site name, Bourse des Vols, which means flight exchange. [...] Mr. Dariot's company is one of the first to win against Google; similar cases in the United States and Germany...

Kittengate »

Sorry about the light blogging. Have been a bit swamped during my travels. For now I present to you... kittengate. For some more serious comments on the issue, see the comments on this post....

New Technorati search Firefox plug-in from ratherbiased.com »

Firefox plugin for Technorati search from ratherbiased.com. via Sifry...

Support for nofollow »

Six LogSupport for nofollow Recently, we’ve reached out to other blog tool vendors to try to coordinate information about comment spam techniques and behaviors. As part of these efforts, we’ve also begun to talk to search companies about enriching linking semantics to better indicate visitor-submitted content (like comments or TrackBacks). The search team at Google approached us with the idea of flagging hyperlinks with a rel="nofollow" link attribute in order to alert their search spider that a particular link shouldn’t be factored into their PageRank calculations. The Yahoo and MSN search teams have also indicated they’d support this new spec,...

Google adding major libraries to database »

New York TimesGoogle Is Adding Major Libraries to Its Database By JOHN MARKOFF and EDWARD WYATT Google, the operator of the world's most popular Internet search service, plans to announce an agreement today with some of the nation's leading research libraries and Oxford University to begin converting their holdings into digital files that would be freely searchable over the Web. It may be only a step on a long road toward the long-predicted global virtual library. But the collaboration of Google and research institutions that also include Harvard, the University of Michigan, Stanford and the New York Public Library is...

Google Suggest »

Google Suggest beta. Wow....

Looking for a blog post... »

I remember someone posting a graphic of how an idea spreads across blogs. the image had a "gray area" of instant messenger and email that couldn't be tracked as easily. I've asked a few people who remember seeing the post, but now no one can find it. Does anyone remember it and have the URL? It's amazing that we remember it, but can't find it or remember who posted it... UPDATE: Found! Thanks tarek! Amazing. That was less than one hour after I posted this question. I had been googling for it for a day or so....

Is Google filtering Abu Ghraib images? »

merkinofbaphomet posts on AnandTech that he just noticed that no abuse images show up on Google Images when you search for Abu Ghraib. The same search on Alta Vista produces a bunch of images. I DO know that Google Images doesn't refresh their image database that frequently. Is it just that the images haven't made it into the database yet? Does anyone have more info on this? Can someone from Google shed some light? via metafilter...

Creative Commons Sherlock Channel »

If you're using OS X, you can now search for Creative Commons content using Sherlock! Just connect to sherlock://drop.creativecommons.org/sherlock/ccsearch.xml If you don't have OS X, you can still use our search engine to find licensed content. More info on the CC blog....

Google Print »

GoogleWhat is Google Print? Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Since a lot of the world's information isn't yet online, we're helping to get it there. Google Print puts the content of books where you can find it most easily; right in Google search results. To use Google Print, just do searches on Google as you normally would. Whenever a book contains content that matches your search terms, we'll show links to that book in your search results. Click on the book title and you'll go to a "content page," where...

Technorati Hackathon, San Francisco: Wed Oct 6, 2004 »

Technorati Hackathon, San Francisco: Wed Oct 6, 2004 A must for anyone interested in hacking on Technorati....

Suw Charman »

Suw Charman writes about Egogooglebombing. I sometimes accidentally do this to people with my moblog....

Technorati will be at the RNC »

CNN has invited Technorati back to provide real time analysis of bloggers blogging about the Republican National Convention. Thanks CNN! More on Sifry's Alerts....

The Search Engine Belt Buckle »

I remember when I was Chairman of Infoseek Japan, I would get a weekly list of the top 100 search words. I remember loving this list. You could see watch trends and stuff, but mostly it made you realize just how sick people were. When I was around, the only US search term that beat adult content phrases was "Olympics" and the only Japanese query was "Tamagocchi" when it was all the rage. Now uber-gadget-hacker Phillip Torrone has brought this experience to the street via the Search Engline Belt Buckle. It uses the SearchSpy service which shows real search queries...

Note taking in the Google age »

I had a breakfast meeting with Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi about my doctorate program and I was taking notes in my moleskine notebook. I was jotting down just names and keywords and I think the professor thought it was a bit odd. I realized that taking notes with the intention of googling everything later is very different than taking complete notes. I had never noticed that I had started doing this....

Technorati and CNN »

Sifry's AlertsTechnorati and CNN A few minutes ago CNN announced that Technorati will be providing real-time analysis of the political blogosphere at next week's Democratic National Convention. I will be on-site in CNN's convention broadcast center, along with Mary Hodder, and I'll be providing regular on-air commentary on what bloggers are saying about politics and the convention. And on Sunday, July 25, we'll launch a new section of our site for political coverage: politics.technorati.com. This site will make it easy for bloggers, journalists, and anyone interested in politics to see the postings of the most linked-to political bloggers, to track...

Technorati tracks 3M blogs! »

OK. I promise not to boast about every 1M blogs Technorati adds, but it's an opportunity to quote some interesting facts. Sifry's AlertsTechnorati tracks 3 million blogs On an average weekday, we're seeing over 15,000 new weblogs created per day. That means that a new weblog is created somewhere in the world every 5.8 seconds. Of course, not all weblogs that are created are actively updated. Even though abandonment rates are high - our analyses show that about 45% of the weblogs we track have not had a post in over 3 months we are still tracking a significant population...

Nigritude Ultramarine »

Nigritude Ultramarine. Here you go Anil....

Does Google help governments censor results? »

Wired Magazine, January 2003Brin was no expert on international diplomacy. So he ordered a half-dozen books about Chinese history, business, and politics on Amazon.com and splurged on overnight shipping. He consulted with Schmidt, Page, and David Drummond, Google's general counsel and head of business development, then put in a call to tech industry doyenne Esther Dyson for advice and contacts. Google has no offices in China, so Brin enlisted go-betweens to get the message to Chinese authorities that Google would be very interested in working out a compromise to restore access. "We didn't want to do anything rash," Brin says....

Google S-1 »

Google's S-1 is online. (Warning. Big file.) via CNET...

A9 »

I've been messing around with A9, Amazon's search engine project. It integrates search inside the book, Alexa and the recommendation engine on Amazon so you can find web pages and Amazon will recommend other sites that you might like. Considering how "meta data savvy" Amazon is and how easily they can connect search to their core business, I can see A9 giving Google a pretty good run for their money. Here's the "joi.ito.com" on Amazon. I'm not sure whether I like the fact that they list my address and phone number. Also, I find the data on Alexa a bit...

The New Google »

Seth GodinThe New Google Google changed their UI today. The scary thing is how wrong it feels. Obviously, the small changes aren't wrong, but the fact that you notice them is a testament to how spectacular the marketing of the "original" Google was.The funny thing is... When I was chairman of Infoseek Japan, we would do user surveys every time we changed the UI, and almost EVERY time we did it just about 50% of the people hated the new UI. It was always big let-down after spending so much time re-doing the UI. I think people get used to...

New Technorati beta launches »

New Technorati beta launches. New looks, new features. Go to www.technorati.com to give it a whirl....

Seven years in the search business »

Yesterday I visited Google Japan's offices then later had dinner with Yajima-san, the CEO of Digital Advertising Consortium (DAC). We talked a lot about the future of blogging as well as the good old days. Sato-san who was recruited by Google to get the Tokyo office going and Mr. Yajima both worked with me in the early days of getting Infoseek Japan going. We recruited Sato-san from Asatsu to startup Infoseek Japan inside of Digital Garage and Yajima-san was at Hakuhodo in charge of looking at the Internet advertising business. My company Digital Garage had just lost our offer to...

Yahoo Search »

I'm sure everyone's seen this by now, but Yahoo has just rolled out their own search engine. I wonder what this will mean for Google. It sure does look a lot like Google, which I guess is good....

Technorati talk »

Sifry, "Blog this link." Cool Amazon hack. Dave whipped it together at 2am last night after a chat with John Battelle. The cosmos that shows the people who have just blogged the link is here. "Do you know about power laws? Well fuck it, I've got the data." An interesting point David made was that there are a huge number of blogs with 4 links....

Google whois quicklink »

Ev writes about Google's new quicklink for whois. If you search for "whois [domain]" on Google you will get a link to a search on www.ratite.com's Global Whois service for the domain name. I guess this is useful for people who won't touch a command line, but I don't think I'd ever use it. I will continue to open a terminal window and type "whois google.com". That way I can continue to see whois spam too. ;-) $ whois google.com Whois Server Version 1.3 Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing...

"I'm talking ABOUT you, not TO you"... »

How many people who blog know that many blogs automatically send trackbacks or send pings to pingers sites like weblogs.com? How many bloggers know that these pings trigger services like Technorati to include their posts in an index and that any mention of my blog in their private diary cause a link to their diary to show up in my sidebar within minutes? One of the things that some of us forget is that it's not all about attention. Most people want a little more attention than they get, but they usually want it from the right people and only...

Bloggers google bomb George Bush »

If you go to google and search for "miserable failure" you get bio of George W Bush. This is a bloggers' google bomb.Newsday article on the topicThanks Kev for the clarification

Technorati growing pains »

David Sifry writes about growing pains at Technorati. He apologizes for the slow response, but assures us he's on the case.

Photo with John C. Lilly »

When I mentioned on my post about ego-surfing Amazon that I wished I could see more context around where my name showed up in the books, Andy Baio pointed out in the comments that you could click on the page number and see the actual page. (Although RIO points out later that Amazon needs your credit card number before they let you do that.)Anyway, I was looking at the various pages and found this picture taken by Philip Bailey of John C. Lilly with Barbara Lilly, Kazuo and me in The Scientist: A Metaphysical Autobiography by John Lilly. I'm sporting Anarchic Adjustment threads which were hip at the time and I was helping to distribute in Japan. If I remember correctly, they were having a conference about John C. Lilly's work in Tokyo. I remember lots of academics talking on and on about John Lilly and his work. When John was asked to make a comment at the end, he said, "you all know much more about me than I can remember so I don't have much to add. My forgetery is much bigger than my memory." I remember thinking that was very funny. John Lilly was a very smart and very funny man. I miss him.It's kind of strange thinking about the path that this photo has taken. I remember Philip taking it, I think I remember seeing a print. Then it got published, printed, scanned, searched, downloaded and now blogged. I assume the copyright holder is Philip Bailey and I assume he doesn't mind me posting this.PS: Philip, I can't seem to find your email address or your web page. If you see this, can you email me?

Ego-surfing on Amazon search inside the book »

You've all probably read by now, but Amazon has added a feature that allows you to search the full text of over 120,000 books. Totally amazing. Now tell the truth everyone (so I don't look totally vain), how many of you have ego-surfed Amazon already? I searched for "joichi ito" and "joi ito". I got 8 results for "joichi ito" and 1 for "joi ito". The weird thing is that other than Timothy Leary's book and John C. Lilly's book, I have never heard of any of the other books. Also, the few books that I do know I'm mentioned in did now show up. I wonder if they are scanning books that don't sell well first. ;-) I DID find out that I have the honor of being in a "For Dummies" book.Excerpt from page 170 of Digital Aboriginal . . . voice to the radicals. Japanese information pioneer and digital artist Joichi Ito tells a great story about the CIA." An operative told . . . How can I NOT buy this book to find out what they said about me. Ack!

Google considers online IPO auction »

The Financial TimesGoogle considers online IPO auctionBy Richard Waters in San Francisco Google is considering holding a massive online auction of shares early next year in an initial public offering that investment bankers predict could value the internet search-engine company at more than $15bn.Holy cow. Does anyone have any more information on this?I wonder if it's going to be a Dutch Auction IPO?

I've been redirected by Google »

Rajesh JainI just did a search on "Joi Ito" and got this as the first link. In fact, all the links on the page had a redirection component in the result links. Normally, Google gives the link to the website directly. Looks like they may now be starting to track clickthroughs. I repeated the search on a few other keywords, and I didn't find it again, so I guess it is one of those Google experiments.Hey! Stop that!Reading the comments on Rajesh's blog, it appears that Google does this regularly. I hope it's not personal, and I hope it doesn't have anything to do with Homeland Security. ;-p

Technorati ranking neighbors »

To make my point here, I have first admit that I often go to the Technorati top 100 page to see where my blog is ranked. I admit that it goes against my negative feelings about the power law, etc. and is a bit self-absorbed.Anyway, when Technorati added Live Journal and surged in indexed blogs, my ranking dropped enormously and I was barely still on the list. Lately, I've slowly crawled back up. Recently I've been neck to neck with a blog called ":: i don't give a shit what you think :: ". It felt weird seeing, "I don't give a shit what you think Joi Ito's Web." ;-) I just noticed that I finally passed it. The funny thing about this list is that I seem to have (in my mind) a relationship to blogs close to me in ranking. I tend to read them to see who they are. I see some blogs slip down the list, and some others shoot up. I try to find what causes their rise and fall by looking at their Technorati cosmos.Am I weird?

The edge of Google »

I was messing around surfing Google, trying to test something Dave Sifry told me about. The theory was that you actually couldn't get to all of the thousands of results Google says it has when you search for something. I searched for stuff and simply paged forward and found that in fact you did reach an end of search results rather quickly. The number varied so I tried it with "repeat search with omitted results." I found that you can get to exactly result number 999 and no results show after that. I felt like Jim Carrey in The Truman Show...UPDATE: According to Adam Hill on IRC, it was on the Google Weblog too, but I can't seem to find the entry.

New Google AdSense Terms of Service suck »

Russell Beattie, Jason Kottke, Cory and Aaron blog about the new Terms of Service for Google AdSense. AdSense is a way to allow you to sell advertising space on your own site to advertisers using Google AdWords. It's a cool service for blogs with lots of traffic to allow people to earn a little money.The new Terms of Service allow Google to easily cancel your account and several people have complained that they have been shutdown unfairly. More importantly, the new terms do not allow you to talk about AdSense in public or to contact any of the advertisers directly. This seems to go against Sergey Brin's Google rule #1: "Don't be Evil."I think I remember Google saying at the beginning that they wouldn't do advertising... I guess I remember when Infoseek used to charge the user to search. ;-) Things change... But I hope Google realizes that stifling free speech about part of its service is evil and also stupid.

Amazon's new search engine »

APAmazon.com invades Google's turf with Silicon Valley startupMICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer (09-25) 17:13 PDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. is invading Google's turf with a new online search engine company that hopes to pluck some of the profits pouring into the rapidly growing sector. Seattle-based Amazon has dubbed its search startup "A9" and set up offices in Palo Alto, not far from Google's Mountain View headquarters. A9 hopes to launch in October with 30 employees and grow much larger as it develops a search engine that will be licensed to other Web sites, said spokeswoman Alison Diboll. I wonder if this is going to be an html scraper or a web service/feed aggregator? I wonder if it will be the mother-of-all referral/affiliate marketing aggregators... but how can they do search and not compete with the business model of "all roads lead to Amazon"? I wonder if A9 means it's their 9th try...In any event, writing a search engine from scratch at the dawn of real web services sounds like a lot of fun.Via Google Weblog

Referral logs and google rankings »

Malach on #joiito was talking about surfing referral logs. I took a look at mine. It's pretty cool that I'm #1 when you google for "best headphones", but it's probably not such a good thing that I'm the 4th site when you google for "glock 23"...

Google Japan in new digs »

In other "search news"...Heard a rumor that Google Japan has moved into new digs in the posh Cerulian Tower with a Segway, massage chair, pool table, a lava lamp and everything. Congrats to all of the Infoseek Japan alum working at Google Japan. You've reached, "search nirvana". I'm a bit envious. ;-)

Nutch, an open source search engine »

Mitch Kapor and Tim O'Reilly are among advisory board members of Nutch, a new open source search engine project which will try to:fetch several billion pages per monthmaintain an index of these pagessearch that index up to 1000 times per secondprovide very high quality search resultsoperate at minimal costSounds good to me!John Battelle at Business 2.0 says, "Watch Out, Google".via Dave Winer at Scripting News.

Google Calculator »

Aaron Swartz@Google WeblogGoogle now has a built in calculator that can tell you everything from 2+2 to speed of light in furlongs per fortnight to 2048 in binary.Very cool!Thanks for the link Alberto!

To Google, what is a blog? »

I haven't really commented on the "should blogs be in Google search results" debate, but one random question. What is a blog? What's the technical difference (from the perspective of a search engine) between my blog and The Register? I don't see how you can "filter" blogs. You can obviously change the page ranking mechanism to give certain types of sites an advantage or disadvantage, but I don't see how you can filter blogs. My blog is just a bunch of html created by a content management system.

It's the linkable archives »

Doc just blogged about a thought I just had too. If the big print media put their archives online and made them crawlable and linkable, I bet their page rankings would go up. It's really the links between the archives of the blogs that gives blogs so many links. The solution to googlewashing is probably more about getting other forms of journalism published in a more link-friendly way than filtering the blogs.

TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01 »

TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01 is a cool Java tool to let you see your Google neighbors. Uses Google API. Reminds me a bit of the Blogstreet visualizer.
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