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Fang-Face writes "April fools seems to have come twice this year. A Newsday article reprinted at Truthout.org reports that the George Bush Jr. was google bombed. This is a process by which a number of people conspire to use a keyword or phrase heavily on their pages and linking back to the target's home page. The keyword in this case was "miserable failure". Quote the article:
"I thought it was absolutely one of the funniest ideas I've ever heard," said Don Waller, owner of Don Waller Interactive, a Web design company in Islip Terrace and a blogger who joined the prank in late October. "I just decided to jump in with it." "This is just one of those spontaneous things that a blogger will post something and other bloggers will say, 'This is a great idea.'"
Obviously, this Don Waller and his cell of treasonous conspirators are wrong-wing pinko sympathizers. The Big Brother loving drone will not read this story, of course, under penalty of being branded the same."
An Anonymous Patron suggested we were too harsh in our criticism of MSN, and we need to re-visit the Microsoft/Google issue with the following.
If you go to the msn.com site, you will indeed find 440 pages listed for the search term "Linux". At the top of that list, however, you will find a number of sub-searches.
Click on "all topics".
Click on "United Linux".
msn.com now reports 725,405 pages. (Many of the other sub-searches also involve very long hit lists.) Google reports 2,010,000 pages for the same search, but keep in mind that Google has a larger database. Anonymous Patron says unitedlinux.com was at the top, while only msn lists www.linux.com (3rd) on the first page of responses. My results were very different for this search.
Anonymous Patron has more below. -- Read More
Interesting little Letter Of The Day that says Microsoft really, really wants Google. It wants Google for one reason, namely, to strip it naked and to castrate it.
Microsoft wants to put an end to people being able to use the power of Google, especially as to the way that we all can use Google as a tool which makes the Internet particularly useful in helping us all to get through our days without depending on Microsoft.
Here's an exercise for all to try. Search Google for Linux Windows That gets you about 14 million pages, even with the English preference or filter turned on. Now, got to msn.com and search the Microsoft way for the same two words. You get exactly 18 pages. The word censorship doesn't seem to do justice to what Microsoft has done to a msn user who wants to compare Linux with Windows, does it?
Here's another exercise. Search msn for Linux. Note that the third item returned is tech.msn.com and that the page no longer exists. The fourth item deals with this topic "Alternatives to Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP Learn about the Microsoft alternatives and how to move to them from open source products."
So fresh that it wasn't even mentioned at the Internet Librarian 2003 conference, Google has released a Deskbar. "A wha'?," you may ask.
This handy application integrates a search box into the taskbar of any Windows 98/ME/2000/XP machine. When searched, from any application mind you, a small window opens on the bottom right of the screen. This screen can be opened to be a full IE browser.
Other options include searching movie review (defaulting to Rotten Tomatoes), a thesaurus search (thesaurus.com), a definition search (using google's "define:" function) and more. These are all customizable, and one can make their own custom searches as well (I'm trying to make an allmusic.com search).
The concept is of course nothing new. "Dave's Quick Search Deskbar" (released under the terms of the GNU General Public License and ready for alteration) has been around for a while now, but it is a new offering from google.
Report any gripes with it below. I'll start.
FT.com is reporting Google is considering holding a massive online auction of shares early next year in an initial public offering that investment bankers predict could value the internet search-engine company at more than $15bn.
An electronic auction would be designed to prevent a recurrence of the sort of financial scandals that have engulfed Wall Street since the collapse of the dotcom bubble, according to a person close to the company.
abigail writes "Hee yaw! Apparently, Google will (at some point) be participating in a partnership by which it will contain "a subset of" WorldCat holdings records."
It says Google, OCLC, and Gale have announced new partnerships that will help highlight the resources of libraries for Internet searchers:
The Google/OCLC partnership will involve OCLC making a subset of OCLC WorldCat records available for indexing by Google as part of a pilot project. Holding information attached to the WorldCat records will be retrievable, so Google searchers will be able see which libraries in their area own copies of the particular title. Directors of MINITEX/OCLC libraries will soon receive a letter providing more information about this pilot project.
Tara Calishain has An Article In PCMag "20 Great Google Secrets."
"...most people don't use it to its best advantage. Do you just plug in a keyword or two and hope for the best? That may be the quickest way to search, but with more than 3 billion pages in Google's index, it's still a struggle to pare results to a manageable number.
But Google is an remarkably powerful tool that can ease and enhance your Internet exploration. Google's search options go beyond simple keywords, the Web, and even its own programmers. Let's look at some of Google's lesser-known options."
Most Google users do not have it, but a select few now have a no-frills counter that with each search clicks higher, noting "You have done 479 searches," or whatever the actual number.
Anyone seen it?
You're looking for information on something -- say, the number of movies that have been filmed in Ottawa. You fire up your Web browser, go to Google, type in a few words, and come up with the perfect answer, right?
Not so fast, my friend.
Although this neat story from Canada.com offers some alternatives to Google, it doesn't mention librarians, or virtual reference projects such as My Web Librarian. I guess that was to much to ask. It does mention two names synonymous with search engines in the library world, Gary Price and Chris Sherman. It also contains a little guide to the difference in the major search engines.
[via Gary Deane]
geckomlis spotted This One From Ithaca on a recent study done by Cornell University's Instruction, Research, and Information Services (IRIS) that pitted Cornell librarians against freelance researchers at Google Answers -- a fee-based system, where more than 800 freelancers answer questions for a minimum of $2.50. The company claims to be able to provide answers within 24 hours.
In the study, 24 questions --ranging from the population of Afghanistan (about 26 million) to where Geoffrey Chaucer died (London) -- were given to library research staff and to Google Answers. Responses were scored by university librarians on a blind basis. The librarians looked at the accuracy and clarity of the answers given, and the validity of sources cited in answers. Cornell's researchers scored just slightly better than Google's in the study.