Search

Tony Karrer

This post likely will be quite a bit different because I'm convinced that most people have used different search tools enough that they are pretty comfortable with their current search behaviors. Yes, I personally use Google 95%+ for searching. Search.

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Advanced advanced Google search

David Weinberger

The first return at Google for the query “google advanced search” takes you to a form where you can construct a more finicky search than normal. The Google help page for advanced search has some interesting operators, but not what I need. Limiting my exploration to Google.com (advanced search site:google.com) I could find no explanation of how to do this. The post Advanced advanced Google search appeared first on Joho the Blog

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Full-text searching Harvard Library

David Weinberger

Harvard is digitizing many of them, but as of now you cannot do a full text search of them. You can do full-text searches of them. So, I wrote a little app that lets you search Google Books for text, and then matches up the results with books in Harvard Library.

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Kids Search

Tony Karrer

The most recent aha is the learning associated with kids search behavior. So, for my kids search has become the starting point for a lot and they know that define: and Wikipedia provide starting points.

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Power Searching with Google

Jay Cross

Search is like driving a car. Google just opened enrollment for an online course, Power Searching with Google. I signed up for several reasons: I’m insanely curious and search the web many times a day. Most people think they’re in the top 10% of performers.

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40% of the search traffic to danpontefract.com is because of the term ‘facebook’

Dan Pontefract

I thought I’d make use of the Jetpack statistics function that comes with my WordPress installation of this site to determine what terms people entered into a search engine over the past year that brought them directly to danpontefract.com.

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[internet librarian] Search tools

David Weinberger

Gary Price from Infodocket is moderating a panel on what’s new in search. The first speaker is from Blekko.com , which he says “is thought of as the third search engine” in the US market. ” When you search for “kate spade” you get authenticated Kate Spade fashion stuff. Weblib.com describes itself on its site as “Natural Language Processing Tools and Customizable Knowledge Bases for Semantic Search and Discovery Applications.”

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Search Pidgin

David Weinberger

Search engines are easier because they have already trained us how to talk to them. We eventually learn that quoting a phrase searches for exactly that phrase. ’&# is way worse than “Moby-Dick harpoonist’ &# I have no idea what the curve of query sophistication looks like, but most of us have been trained to one degree or another by the search engines who are our masters and our betters.

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Search me

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Similar Site Search reads one site’s tags and proceeds to find sites like it. Of course, I could always do this.

Searching The "Small Here"

Steven Berlin Johnson

Search doesn't yet reflect those shifting definitions of where we are, the true radius of our interest. Yes, you can search a map at Google or Bing or on your iPhone--along with a thousand other directory sites. contains two search fields: "what" and "where."

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Twitter Search #myonlineorigins

Nancy White

So I was tickled to be led to Twitter / Search – #myonlineorigins. I’m always interested in where people started in their “practice&# no matter what the practice. What are your online origins? Photo Credit: quapan.

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Searching for news media that support Schema.org

David Weinberger

I just posted a tiny little site — even uglier than usual — that lets you search for a particular news media site. Thanks to a suggestion from Dan Brickley, it’s using a custom search engine from Google. One of the parameters permitted by custom search engines is to only return items that are one of Schema.org’s types. (I’m

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Twitter as Search Engine or Community Seed

Nancy White

Twitter as a search engine. But I never really conceptualized it as search. First, I searched for something for me. But you have to have a question in mind to make the search meaningful beyond curiosity. Do you use Twitter as a search engine?

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Grimmelman non search neutrality

David Weinberger

James Grimmelmann, whose writing on the Google Books settlement I’ve found helpful, has written an article about the incoherence of the concept of “search neutrality&# — “the idea that search engines should be legally required to exercise some form of even-handed treatment of the websites they rank. &# (He blogs about it here.)

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Radical New Innovation at Outside.in: Search!

Steven Berlin Johnson

» Radical New Innovation at Outside.in: Search! Forgot to mention that we finally restored search to outside.in. But we decided a few weeks ago to do a little mod of Google site search, which turns out to work very well.

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Who searches for "knowledge jobs" says A LOT

Nine Shift

Who searches for the term "knowledge jobs" says a lot about where economic prosperity will reside in the United States. People in these cities search for that term more than people in any other city: 1.Portland 2.Washington, DC 3.Houston 4.Seattle 5.New York 6.Chicago 7.Los Angeles.

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Meatware based search

Euen Semple

Contextual colour and human interpretation trump technology based search every time. One the most powerful uses of the large forum we had within the BBC was as a way of finding information. Being able to ask tens of thousands of staff where to find the information you needed and say why you needed it and then having people suggest documents which from their perspective met your need and point to them with a URL was very powerful.

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Visual Aids for Search

Harold Jarche

Just when you think you know what you’re doing on the Web, along comes another tool. In Borrowing from the Library to Support Workplace Learning , Michele Martin gives some great advice and links to several tools.

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Reduce Searching Start Talking

Tony Karrer

The research would seem to suggest that it's more than just an uneasy feeling after searching, but the reality is that you likely are missing things. The bottom line is to reduce the amount of time you spend search and spend more time talking.

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Google Blog Search Problems

Tony Karrer

I rely pretty heavily on Google Blog Search to help me find people who are citing blog posts of mine so that I can see that kind of conversation. Unfortunately, it looks like Google Blog Search has decided that they will now include the entire contents of the web page rather than just the contents of the RSS feed. What this means is that I now get links to every post where the author includes my blog in their blog roll. This completely defeats my purpose.

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Rapid eLearning Search [Stupid Google Results]

Tony Karrer

I did a search for rapid eLearning and the following is a screen shot showing the results with arrows added for one that I really don’t understand. It’s NOT because of personalized search. This is stupid but struck me funny.

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The REAL real time search

Doc Searls

Blog search is mighty thin in Wikipedia. While “real time&# is heating up as a topic, real time search seems to have fallen off the radar of everybody other than itself. It begins, Web search, real-time search and social search. Hey, why not the search engines that have been looking at real time for the duration? Here’s IceRocket on real time search as a string. Like a search engine ought to be. It’s blog search too.

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Design for Search

Tony Karrer

Most of our activity is looking up information, so the most common use case is search, evaluate, keep, organize. The rest search and get straight there. Interesting post by Donald Clark that points to a BCC article - Web users 'getting more selfish'. The article is a bit over the top in terms of headline, but it's main point is: people are becoming much less patient when they go online.

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The 9 kinds of context that will define contextual search

Ross Dawson

One of the many topics I discussed was the rise of contextual search. Looking back over the last decade, I think it’s fair to say that the search experience has not evolved much. The current greatest focus in using context in search is location.

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Free book on search interfaces

David Weinberger

flamenco ) , has written a a definitive book on user interfaces to search engines. Tags: search google user_interfaces everything_is_miscellaneous Berkeley’s Marti Hearst , who was way ahead of everyone else in faceted classification (e.g., And it’s up on the Web for free, if that’s the way you roll. Thanks, Marti!

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Open source search result clustering

David Weinberger

That was the search engine that did an amazing job of dynamically clustering search results into folders based on their topic or area. Jon Lehto, of Monster.com, who pointed this out to me, notes that Carrot2 &# builds categories from search results (configurable number), and the user doesn’t need to ‘own’ the search data.&#. BTW, Northern Light is still around, although not for public Web searching. Remember Northern Light ?

Doc Searls Weblog · Getting out of Live Search hell

Doc Searls

But afterwards her PC ran slower, and now insists on trying to run Live Search, no matter what, when she runs Internet Explorer. There were some check boxes at the end of the install process to make live search the default. An “Add Search Provider&# text box will appear.

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Content Search Use Cases

Tony Karrer

A recent example - Content Search: Use Cases - which explores some of the different ways we search for things and helps us think about when Google might be a good answer and when it's likely not Ray Sims has been doing great stuff on his blog. He does a great job of breaking down topics into smaller pieces.

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Top Ten Subliminal Searches

Tony Karrer

As I mentioned before more than half of the traffic to my blog comes from search engines. What's sometimes fun to do is take a look at various search terms that people use to find my blog. This morning I had a really good chuckle because I saw that the search: top 10 reasons not to do your homework Put me in position number 2 on Google (at least on the servers in the US that I used). Or if there's some hidden meaning that I somehow get found for these searches.

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Google Blog Search Fix Coming

Tony Karrer

As I reported in Google Blog Search Problems , Google seems to have included the full text of blog pages (including blog rolls) in their blog search. According to Jeremy Hylton of the Google Blog Search team , they now index the full content of the page. Hopefully I can leave all my blog search filters in place and they will stop feeding me a lot of extra stuff.

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Beyond Search - REAP

Tony Karrer

via Jack Vinson's post Knowledge workers do more than search , found the article: Beyond Search is REAP. The point is that searching is really just the beginning for most activities. From the post: Beyond Search is REAP - Retrieve, Extract, Arrange, Present. We're still not there with the deeper tools and the whole experience we desire for truly reaping the value from all that's available to us on the Internet.

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Musing on Google’s Power Searching Course and marketing

Jay Cross

Today I completed Google’s Power Searching Course. Do I know any more about search than I did ten days ago? You can narrow a search by date. Previously I approached Google searches much like looking something up in an encyclopedia or dictionary.

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The Pull of Narrative – In Search of Persistent Context

John Hagel

We live in a world of ever more change and choice , a world where we have far more opportunity than ever to achieve our potential. That kind of world is enormously exciting, and full of options. But it is also highly disorienting, threatening to overwhelm us with sensory and mental overload.    In that kind of world, the ability to provide persistent context becomes paradoxically ever more valuable.

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Facebook Graph Search and your company's "digital plumage"

Euen Semple

Reading Jon Battelle's great article on Facebook's graph search got me thinking about its impact on brand given my big thing that Organizations Don't Tweet - People Do Once you can search your friends, or your friends friends to see who works at, let's just say Tesco, suddenly you can not only find out who works there, which admittedly you can also do in Linkedin, but unlike Linkedin you can get to see much more of what sort of people they are and what sort of lives they live.

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Bring in the serendipity dial – for search, music and beyond

Ross Dawson

Over the last decade the rise of collaborative filtering hasn’t quite met my expectations, but still is used extensively in music, movies, news, and other content, and implicitly in search.

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The Annals of Searching: Cluetrain circa 1505

David Weinberger

Confine your search at Google Books for only the 19th century Cluetrain references , and you get four hits. In fact, the earliest reference to Cluetrain indexed by Google Books was in the 1505 business best-seller Extravagantes com[m]unes , in which appears the sentence “Markets are conversations…with that lying bastard Roger the Offal Merchant

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The search for a genetic killer

Mind Hacks

The medical examiner for the Sandy Hook shooting has requested a genetic analysis of killer Adam Lanza. Following this, a powerful editorial in the science magazine Nature has condemned the move suggesting it is “misguided and could lead to dangerous stigmatization.”

Bring back the old Google Image search

Doc Searls

I hate the new Google Image search. There are also more options on the search results page. I used the old one constantly and understood it well, because there wasn’t much to understand. You clicked on an image, and it went to a page with two frames. The one above gave a route to the original image, and the one below was the whole page the image was on. The new one is a montage of larger images.

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[liveblog][act-tiac] A federal portal in the age of search?

David Weinberger

“In a world where everyone can search and has apps, is a web portal relevant?,” Now people arrive through search. Someone has a general idea, but not informed enough to search. Sarah Crane , Dir., Federal Citizen Information Center, GSA., is going to talk about USA.gov. ” she asks. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly.

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Bing - a new search engine from Microsoft

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen You might like to road-test Bing - a search engine from Microsoft that was unveiled by Steve Ballmer on May 28, 2009 at the All Things Digital conference in San Diego. Bing is a replacement for Live Search. According to Forester Bing Will Change The Face of Search as "Bing focuses on delivering answers, not Web pages" and "helps consumers make decisions, not just to catalog content.".

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