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Google filter blocks innocuous sites

"A new report prepared by Harvard University's Berkman Center says that Google's filtered search technology incorrectly blocks tens of thousands of innocuous Web pages, including ones created by Apple Computer, IBM, the White House, the Library of Congress and the Washington Post."

"The errors arise because of the way Google designed its SafeSearch feature, which can be enabled or disabled through a preferences page. Instead of requiring human approval before Web pages are labeled as adult, Google uses a proprietary algorithm that automatically analyzes the pages and makes an educated guess." (from Cnet)

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Googlewashed?

The Register has an interesting if not inflammatory article about Google's effect on memes and language.

They claim that the meaning of the term "second superpower" was altered becasue of Google's Page Rank feature. Before an allegedly influential article was written by James F. Moore, the term was used by the grassroots anti-war movement to describe itself. His essay, though, changed the meaning, claims The Register, lightening the message. It calls users of the Internet the "second superpower." Since the article was linked heavily, it was listed as the top results for the search "second superpower". This once published, this change took 42 days.
Here is the full article.[via MeFi w/ some interesting comments>]

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Google and Web Community

Eric Rumsey writes "The idea of community is closely related to the idea of connections and Google excels as a connection-making and community-finding agent, using PageRank to see the pattern of how peoples' pages connect to each other ... One of Google's great strengths that makes it such a good identifier of communities is that it recognizes the close connection between net community and directory sites ... Google ranks directory sites prominently, taking advantage of the community-building activity of directory makers. "

Interesting story on how google is good at identifying Web communities.

"A quote from Craig Silverstein, Google's Chief Technology Officer ties things together – In discussing how to get good placement for a site in Google searches, Silverstein's advice to anyone doing page development is to work through "the community around which you're trying to build your page."

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Falling in Love with Google

Always helpful Gary Deane writes spotted this article On Google From The National Post
The author seems to have quite a thing for the search engine. "Tired of Google? To paraphrase Samuel Johnson on London, those who are tired of Google are tired of life."

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Google News Search Specific News Sources, Example: Iraq News.

By including the news organizations name in a Google
News
query only news from that source is returned.  For example,
Google news search Iraq
news
by incluiding: <{News Source Name}
{Iraq}>.  Click the "Sort by date" button
in the upper right to see the most recent news indexed by Google from that
source (or add: [&scoring=d] to the end of the query string) . Some
of the Google news sources that can be queried (keyword preset for <Iraq>) 
include:  <ABC
by date>
<BBC by
date>
<CBS by
date>
<CNN by
date>
<IHT by
date>
<MSNBC by
date>
<Reuters by
date>
.
-Hermit
!-|

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How Google Grows...and Grows...and Grows

Anon writes "This slashdot thread points to FastCompany and

this story

that says Its performance is the envy of executives and engineers around the world ... For techno-evangelists, Google is a marvel of Web brilliance ... For Wall Street, it may be the IPO that changes everything ( again ) ... But Google is also a case study in savvy management -- a company filled with cutting-edge ideas, rigorous accountability, and relentless attention to detail ... Here's a search for the growth secrets of one of the world's most exciting young companies -- a company from which every company can learn.

See also Dissecting Localized Google Censorship

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Google Becomes: Sites Fight To Get In

Lee Hadden writes: "There is an article in today's (Feb 26, 2003) issue of the Wall
Street Journal concerning Google.com, and mentions how the term "Google" is
often used as a verb. The article says: "..."Googling" has become a synonym
for searching online. In a recent New Yorker cartoon, a man in a bar says-
"I can't explain it- it's just a funny feeling that I'm being googled."

They say While Google approves of optimizers that help a site improve its content or design, it recently revised its Webmaster guidelines to warn against firms that, among other things, promise to guarantee a top Google ranking.
A search for Google Page Rankings Returns 3 Ads for link promotion on google by third party companies.

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Google Buys Pyra

Wow!! Big news in the blogging world today (well, it actually happened on Thursday). Google, has bought Pyra labs, the maker of the famous Blogger software.

Not sure how this will play out, but I assume that it will be like when Yahoo took over Geocities a few years back, or when Google took over the Deja News archives. Also, I guess that Google will come up with some sort of backend stuff that will automatically generate similar weblog postings that appear on the Blogspot server (soon to be the Google server), like they do with Google News.

I am sure that more news (and information about how this will effect Blogger users) will appear as the news spreads. We live in exciting times.

This story is being slashdotted, big time!!

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Google tops branding poll

Eddie B. sent over This CNN Story that says Google was voted \"brand of the year\" in a poll conducted by a marketing agency, proving once again that less is more as it beat established names such as Coca-Cola and Apple to the top slot.

\"Started by a couple of techies, Google is kind enough to hide its high-tech interior from the public and give us nothing but a friendly, easy to use, clear, clean exterior,\"

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A Nation of Voyeurs

The Boston Globe Magazine has a rather Long Story on Google.
They say google is the first tool truly to make sense of the white noise that is the Internet, Google has become essential research for everyone from sales people calling on new accounts to single people taking another spin with blind-date roulette. Not only that, Google changed our concept of time as well. It has helped make our past - or oddly refracted shards of it - present and permanent.
Also, As a nation, we need to put measures in place, before it\'s too late, that provide some basic protection of vital personal information, like bank account numbers and Social Security numbers and, most important, details that have personal safety implications, such as the addresses of victims. But, in the end, given how much of life is lived online nowadays, the greater good is served by making most information accessible and permanent.

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