Internet

In Search of the Perfect Search Engine

TechLearning.com
has a nice Story search engines,
from the educators view.

It includes an overall strengths and
weaknesses
section that covers all the bases.

If this kind of thing interests you, be sure to check out
Traffick.com as
well.

Surfers Getting Bored With the Internet

From CNet News... According to a recent Nielsen/NetRatings report, there has been a significant drop in online usage, both at home and work, during the last quarter of 2000. Surfers seem to be getting bored with time often spent at the expense of other leisure activities like reading, watching television or hanging out with real rather than virtual acquaintences. [more...]

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NY Times Print Edition Going Online

Bill Lucey writes:
\"The New York Times and Newstand Inc. have agreed to provide an online
version of the New York Times print edition beginning this spring. The online
version will include all the advertisements, photos and graphics found in the
print edition. Copies will be sold on a single-copy or subscription basis.
According the New York Times, the new online version will be available at
NYTimes.com in the second quarter of the year; by the fourth
quarter it\'s expected to be available at NewsStand.com, which will
also include other major newspapers nationwide.
For more information, see: ``Times to announce Deals With Newstand, an
Online Publisher
\'\'.

Network Solutions Sells You Out

If you have ever registered a domain name through Network Solutions (like I did) your personal information is now being sold, no, more than sold, aggressively marketed.

There are stories at the Wall Street Journal and CNN.
You can see the ad Here, to see how they are marketing you and what should be your private information.
This really, really bothers me, and I don\'t think they are the only ones doing it. I recently registered BuffaloStories.com through someone else, and the very next day got a call from a web hosting company.

Many People Inefficient at Reaching Their Online Destinations

This is interesting.

Alexa Research did a \"comprehensive two-year study\" to determine that people are stupid, or at least that\'s how I took it.
They say an alarming number of Web users are not particularly efficient at reaching their online destinations. People are so stupid they\'ll even type a complete URL into the search box of a search engine (something I see all the time in the logs for LISNews).

These findings are based on an examination of more than 42 million search pages.

It\'s funny they seem to blame the users, not the people who design the software and serach engines. As a WebMaster I think it\'s my fault when people can\'t figure out my site, which makes me the stupid one, but maybe that\'s just me.

“This study shows that for many, there’s a conceptual misunderstanding of how to effectively navigate the Web,” said Work. “Some people think that their homepage is the Web, that they have to go through their homepage in order to get to the site they want, without realizing that any website can be accessed directly. This notion is supported by our Web traffic popularity rankings, where eight of the top 10 sites are portals and/or search engines.”

Hyper Over Hyperlinks

Someone writes \" The appeals court sent the case back to the District Court for a trial on the issue of whether the city of Cookeville unconstitutionally denied Davidian a link solely because it didn\'t like what he had to say about Cookeville.
has the
American Journalism Review has the
Story \".

Geoffrey Davidian asked for a link to his online newspaper, didn\'t get it, so he sued them.

Searches bringing up more pay-for-placement

With all the dot.coms trying to find ways to make money, more and more search engines are asking for $$ to show up higher in search results. The Mercury News has a story that even mentions librarians and their current love for google. Blame this garbage on the online advertising slump, they say. traffick.com has a Story that says Search Engines Must Continue to Be Referees - fair arbiters of relevance - or consumers will gravitate to different sources of information.

``The idea of paid placements would have never been entertained in years prior,\'\' said Danny Sullivan, who writes the Search Engine Watch newsletter. But now, ``we\'re having more and more paid placement and other paid programs\'\' on search engines.\"

Contenders for the Crown: Six E-Libraries

eduventures.com has what looks like An Interesting Report on what the call eLibraries.

\"E-libraries are poised to become an important component of the e-learning industry, particularly in the higher education market. A major impetus for the e-library industry\'s growth is its acceptance by publishers and other content providers. Virtually every major publisher - including Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin - has signed agreements to distribute works via e-libraries.


The six leading e-library firms profiled in the report are Questia, XanEdu, ebrary, Britannica.com, Jones e-global Library, and NetLibrary. Within the next year, e-library businesses will seek to prove the merits of their business models by gaining market acceptance. However, the long-term success factors for e-libraries will be content, channels to end-users, and connection to curriculum.\"


You Download a free overview of the report Here, it\'s a PDF. The full report is not free, you can only read the overview for free.

law would erase free Web users anonymity

Freep.com has an Article on new legislation that would require
free Internet service providers to collect more
information about subscribers, eliminating anonymity.
They use the excuse that child pornographers are
hiding behind untraceable free Internet e-mail
accounts.

\"What they\'re proposing to do verges on being
unconstitutional. There is a right to free speech and to
be anonymous in this country and law enforcement is
way out of line in trying to force the collection of
identifiable information because of a perceived
problem with a miniscule part of the online
population.\"

Extending to the Internet

A Nice Story from Infotoday on how libraries need to use and improve their Internet presence. Your libraries web site can be used as a portal to guide your patrons to the information they need, and that makes a good first impression, and brings your patrons back for more!

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