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Google changing Algorithms addressing HATE SITES

SEO writes "Because of a recent controversy regarding Google SERPs,Google will seek to change it's Algorithms to eliminate HATE SITES.Google Story Here. Search engine Google has received praise from the Anti-Defamation League for responding to the result rankings of extremist websites. The issue comes from JewWatch.com, an Anti-Semitic site, being the top search result for the keyword "Jew".In a letter to ADL, Google President Sergey Brin apologized to users who found the search results for the word "Jew" upsetting and promised to work for a solution that would satisfy ADL's concerns and those of users offended by the #1 ranking of an anti-Semitic Web site."We are extremely pleased that Google has heard our concerns and those of its users about the offensive nature of some search results and the unusually high ranking of peddlers of bigotry and anti-Semitism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Google has shown great responsiveness to this issue and a willingness to consider changes to better identify extremist Web sites, so that users can still have the benefit of Google's unique search technology while being alerted when they are about to enter into a hate zone.""

Google's chastity belt too tight?

A critique of Google's SafeSearch from CNET News featuring a quote from Librarians' Index to the Internet's Karen Schneider:

PartsExpress.com proudly touts itself as the Net's No. 1 source for audio, video and speaker components--but online shoppers who rely on an optional feature in the Google search engine to block porn sites would never know it.

By an accident of spelling, the domain name of the Ohio electronics retailer includes an unfortunate string of letters, "sex," which is enough to block the Web site from Google's filtered results.

Complete story.

CDT on GMail

Louise writes "The Center for Democracy and Technology has a policy post about the GMail controversy. Whether you agree with their round-up or not, they lay some points out clearly, which is helpful."

The Power of Search

The Age (Melbourne) has a good article about search engines, largely from a librarian or information professional perspective. The article discusses various search engines and also new collaborative relationships between search engines and organisations such as the Library of Congress. The OAIster Project, a collaboration between Yahoo and the University of Michigan, is outlined as are various recent research projects into the “tacit connections� of internet searching and attempts at increasing search engine functionality. Ends with a timeline of the development of the search engine.

Forbes Tests Google E-mail - Review

search-engines-web.com writes
  "Invited to try-out the service,Forbes' Preliminary Evaulation of Goole E-mail is overall FavoribleRead the FORBES story here.Google invited us to experiment with the early version of the service, and taking into account that it remains under construction, we have a few preliminary observations.First, Gmail is good for the e-mail pack rat that many people are becoming. Most people delete old e-mail messages because they have storage constraints--or think they do, or because they just don't like to see a cluttered inbox. But if you're the type who likes to refer back to old e-mail in order to remember what you or another party said, Gmail's 1-gigabyte storage is certainly a welcome change.Another feature that makes it easy to re-trace the steps in an e-mail exchange: say you need to remember a few action items sent by e-mail from the boss. Once you find the one of the e-mail messages that is part of that exchange, Gmail displays it with related messages in the window. Gmail calls these exchanges "conversations." And clicking on one expands it so that more than one relevant message is displayed at a time. A link at the right of the screen says "expand all," and it expands all the messages that are part of a conversation.Finding those messages is far easier and faster than with any other e-mail program or service we've ever experienced. A search field at the top of screen lets you search for practically any word that may appear in any part of the email, including the subject, the name of the sender or what may be in the body of the message. If there's one thing Google does well, it's search. We entered in words we knew we had used in messages sent and they popped up instantly. Another search using the last name of the moderator of a certain mailing list we subscribe to was equally fast and comprehensive."

google.public.support.general FAQ

Check out the google.public.support.general FAQ for answers to all your GoogleQ's. It includes answers to questions that appear especially
frequently in the newsgroup google.public.support.general.
The Glossary does an outstanding job of explaining many common 'net terms you may have heard, but didn't understand.

Link stolen from ResearchBuzz! because Tara is so groovy.

The Google OS

madcow writes "Kottke's blog has an interesting take on Google's evolution from a search thingy to something else. Call it a web OS if you will."

Life beyond Google

Pete writes "From the BBC comes this piece that anecdotal evidence suggests that thanks to Google, the web offers information on everything to everyone. But, we have yet to see empirical evidence to back up such claims, argues Dr Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University."

Google: 'Gmail' No Joke, Lunar Jobs Are

Reuters Is Reporting on Gmail is real. Google's unconventional March 31 press release announcing Gmail helped set Internet message boards alight because the sub-heading read: "Search is Number Two Online Activity -- Email is Number One: 'Heck, Yeah,' Say Google Founders."

"It is April Fool's Day. We were having fun with this announcement. We are very serious about Gmail," Rosenberg said in an interview.

Still, the Web was buzzing with speculation.

I've had a few people ask me how they can offer so much space, and my answer was:Almost no one will use much space. Assuming they can effectively kill most of the spam coming in, most mailboxes will not grow very large.

Google user calls Google " A library that's successful- as opposed to real libraries which lose mone

mdoneil writes "A google advertiser and user refers to google as a library which makes money- as opposed to real libraries, which lose money. The Tampa Tribune reports on the search engine with interviews with several people including a lawyer who googles his prospective clients and dates. To balance the story a public librarian was interviewed who stressed the need for authority."

Here's the quote:

"I'm an advertiser on Google, but if I came along and posted an article on the benefits of using retractable awnings, I'd be treated like anybody else on Google,'' he said. ``It's a library, an Internet library, that's successful and makes money - as opposed to real libraries, which lose money."

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