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Google lets users rate pages

I don\'t remember seeing this on LISNews already, but this recent story from Search Engine Watch reports that Google is adding a new feature to its toolbar: little happy/sad faces to allow users to rate a page. Although it is not going to be used to affect search ranking, Google state that this rating process will alert them to which pages need \"human review\".

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Stanford celebrates 10th anniversary of first U.S. Web site

Since nothing really counts until it happens in America, you should know Paul Kunz\'s Web site, which first appeared Dec. 12, 1991, was the first U.S. site on the World Wide Web, which was then just a year old.

Does anyone know what the first library site was?

Full Story.
Truly amazing how far the web has come, and how much it has changed my life, in 10 years.

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NYTimes CyberTimes Navigator

I never though I\'d be able to find something to put here on Fark, but I just did.

It\'s the CyberTimes Navigator from The NY Times.

\"Navigator is the home page used by the newsroom of The New York Times for forays into the Web. Its primary intent was to give reporters and editors new to the Web a solid starting point for a wide range of journalistic functions without forcing all of them to spend time wandering around blindly to find a useful set of links of their own. Its secondary purpose was to show people that there\'s a lot of fun and useful stuff going on out there.\"

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Internet Use Second Nature for Canadian Kids

From Canada Computes...In yet another Internet study, Creative Research International discovered that \"The Internet is becoming an integral part of life for the majority of Canada’s youth, with numbers in nearly all categories of Internet availability and use rising over previous years.\" No surprise there. What I found interesting was that for the first time, girls lead the Internet pack. I guess I\'ve always been under the impression that girls spent more time on the Internet than boys...More

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The Internet as Classroom

In today\'s issue of Business Week Online, there\'s an article that talks about the use of the Internet as a classroom. Included is an interview with former heads of the FCC and PBS about their views of internet content and continuing education. More

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Safety Ed International

Deborah Harper writes \"I would like to introduce you to Safety Ed International.

SafetyEd International is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of California, and run by volunteers with many years experience in Internet safety education and child advocacy. Founded on August 1,1998, it is made up of skilled Internet users who work in the field of cyberspace safety and safety education.

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Web Fact-Finding Affecting the Art of Conversation

SomeOne writes \"This article from the New York Times talks about how fact-finding on the Web is affecting the art of social debate and conversation.

\"According to some linguists, what is more interesting than the trivia [found on the Web] itself is the effect that its online availability is having on modern conversation.\"

Unfortunately, the article only briefly mentions the issue of reliability of information on the Web. \"

They also say With the Web providing easy access to information, stupid trivia questions are now easily and definitively answered with the help of the Web and its ability to house a billion or so facts. You don\'t need an MLS to find out how much \"The Blair Witch Project\" cost to make.

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Review of SurfWax - A Web Research Tool

LLRX writes \"Kathy Biehl evaluates a tool called SurfWax that makes it easier to locate and organize online information and research into a more efficient, manageable process. The article is published in the December 3, 2001 issue of LLRX.com \"


I\'m not sure what to make of Surfwax myself, Kathy has written an excellent review, Check it out , and then check out Surfwax, could be the shape of search engines to come.

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The Web Never Forgets

The LATimes
has an Interesting Story on US
government agencies that tried to remove sensitive
information, only to discover that copies have
proliferated and they\'re virtually impossible to eradicate.

\"The Internet is not like a faucet you can turn off
and on. It\'s like a leaky faucet that keeps dripping long
after it\'s turned off,\" said Gary Bass, executive director of
OMB Watch

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Sampling The Circle Of Gifts

I\'m not sure Walt Crawford ever sleeps, or, he may actually write in his sleep....
This month in Econtent Magazine [The story isn\'t online] he has a story about what\'s working on the web today.

He says it\'s OK that not everything on the internet isn\'t about making money, unlike what we see on TV all the time, and in fact, the internet got started by an informal circle of gifts. Everyone chipped in a little, and things worked pretty well. He covers several internet based media types that are working well (Weblogs like this being one) and says being in the current circle of gifts is just fun.
He\'s right, it really is fun!

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