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Hermit ;-) writes \"When did I blink!? Google is claiming a \'3 Billion Document Index... [and a] 20 Year Usenet Archive\' Google Press Release and have enhanced their \'News results\' inclusion \'whenever a search is conducted on a timely topic.\' This leaves WiseNut in the dust, which, along with Teoma had been getting billed as potential competitors for Google. WooHoo!!! \"
For The Chronicle, Jeffrey Young writes...
\"Warnings about a continuing \"digital divide\" could be doing more harm than good to African-Americans and other minority groups, portraying them as technophobic charity cases who lack the desire to adopt new technologies on their own. That\'s the conclusion some scholars are reaching as they study issues of race and technology.\" more
Wired News is reporting today about the goal of some new search engines that hope to \"beat Google at its own game.\" Google users love it. It\'s simple to use, and because it is the largest URL database, it returnes a high number of results. But, as the article points out, \"Google has a major flaw: It returns too many results. Most of Google\'s results are irrelevant, and it is too difficult to wade through them all.\" more...
Check out This for a sample from the library section.
COMMERCIAL ALERT, a 3-year-old group founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader, asked the FTC to investigate whether eight of the Web’s largest search engines are violating federal laws against deceptive advertising. The group said that the search engines are abandoning objective formulas to determine the order of their listed results, and selling the top spots to the highest bidders without making adequate disclosures to Web surfers. . . The complaint touches a hot-button issue affecting tens of millions of people who submit search queries each day. With more than 2 billion pages and more than 14 billion hyperlinks on the Web, search requests rank as the second most popular online activity after e-mail. [More from MSNBC].
Thanks again to the invaluable geeks at Slashdot :)
Not too suprising, I guess, they found that most of the time, health information on the Internet is hard to find, hard to read and often incorrect or incomplete, even on the best sites.
The fabulous Greg Notess wrote this article about the value of iwon as a tool for librarians. It was published in Online Magazine.
\"The iWon approach has proved successful for the company, and for those few lucky cash prize winners, but it leads to many questions for the information professional. How can it fit in with the other Net searching tools in our arsenals? What does it search? How can it be used effectively? And what unique ethical dilemmas does it cause? This month\'s column takes a look at some of these issues, as well as at some of the unique ways in which iWon has approached the problem of search.\" -- Read More
Michael Liedtke [writes...]
AltaVista will add an online newsstand to its main index Monday to make its results more topical and useful to surfers looking for up-to-the-minute information.
With the new service, Palo Alto-based AltaVista will automatically produce the top stories related to search requests. Clicking on a news center at the top search page will provide a complete index of all the latest online stories about the requested topic.
The new feature, licensed from San Francisco-based Moreover, addresses a glaring shortcoming for even the most powerful search engines. [more...]
The complaint that there is no context to validate the credibility of what we find online is creating an opportunity for a new breed of \"context providers.\" Two of them are profiled in this article on Traffick - a look at SiteSherpa and Project Napa. -- Read More