Andy Oram – “The next time you have to search for information on any topic, try recording your efforts in a survey I’ve just put up.”
Technology Review – “Researchers at MIT have released a video and audio search tool that solves one of the most challenging problems in the field: how to break up a lengthy academic lecture into manageable chunks, pinpoint the location of keywords, and direct the user to them.”
The latest search stats.
More people using Ask.com, which is always a good thing.
Query an engine, meet others who asked the same thing.
Stephen Baker – “[A]ny pedophiles dumb enough to use it would probably bump into a cop or two.”
Genie Tyburski – “Seeking out facts, and even basic information on a topic, is relatively easy. Enter 2 or 3 relevant keywords at your favorite search engine. But going beyond the basic, or conducting investigative research, often means using advanced search commands, not to mention additional or more targeted finding tools. This article examines the first issue – using advanced search commands to manipulate or improve search results.”
Paula J. Hane – “Over the last 2 months, my inbox has been deluged with story pitches, requests for briefings, and press releasesâ€”all about various new and updated people search tools. Apparently, itâ€™s the new vertical search area that entrepreneurs have decided to tackleâ€”all of them betting they can provide better and more accurate results for people queries than the general Web search engines. According to reports, 30 percent of all searches on Google or Yahoo! are for specific people or people-related information. Hereâ€™s a quick update on whatâ€™s been happening in this space.”
Verne Kopytoff – “Rather than scouring the entire Internet, these search engines troll only Web sites that are rich with personal information. The results they provide are individual profiles coupled with links to where users can find more details.”
BusinessWeek: “These people-search engines sound like a stalker’s dream come true. But Spock and other such sites contend they return information a Web surfer could eventually find anyway; they just highlight it more effectively. And they don’t list phone numbers and addresses.”