New Google Project shows International Real Time

Carl Fogle passed along word on Live Query, a project that can be seen at Google\'s headquarters. It shows, in real time, updated samples of what people around the world are typing into Google\'s search engine.
``You can learn to say `sex\' in a lot of different languages by looking at the logs,\'\' said Craig Silverstein, director of technology at Google.
They say Google\'s worldwide scope means the company can track ideas and phenomena as they hop from country to country.
I guess Google Zeitgeist is the closest thing we can see.


Google is a Global Phenomenon

Steven Bell writes \"A Nov.28 NYT article, \"Postcards From Planet Google\" explores the social relevance of the dominant search engine - over 150 million questions a day from 100 countries. Google collects every search query and enters it into a database. The article focuses on the stories these queries tell, and what can be learned by analyzing the question patterns. For example, why was there a sudden spike in queries about Carol Brady\'s maiden name (you\'ll have to read the article to find out). Even your local public librarian knows that something is up after the 17th grade-schooler in a row asks for the same information. Google just needs to do this on a massive scale with no knowledge of its user community. The big question: can the data analysis be used to turn a profit? The marketers are showing up at Google. Read more (registration needed) at The NYTimes \"


Cooking with Google

jen writes \"Type in a few ingredients, select a cuisine type, and volia!

You\'re Cookin\' WIth Google \"


Google Under Scrutiny

ZDNet Austrialia reports that Google has removed controversial political and religious websites from search result listings. The article focuses on and They have removed white power sites from these versions of google because of legal action posed by German and French groups. Certain speech (such as pro-Nazi material) doesn\'t enjoy the same protection in those countries as it does in the US. Read the full story.Related link: - a website that monitors \"the legal climate for Internet activity.\" Many copyright, IP, free speech, and filtering issues are discussed.Original link via MeFi.


\"Standards of truth\" compares Google to Library of Alexandria


This essay at the \"Disenchanted\" website includes the following summary:

A robotic descendant of an ancient library\'s servants forces a new generation to learn some skills that they just don\'t teach in school, these days.

But that doesn\'t do the article justice. The author begins by comparing the Library of Alexandria\'s practice of stealing books from incoming vessels to Google\'s spiders caching webpages. Later, he or she talks about common fallacies reported in schools and other reputable sources, and shows that Google often has more and better material refuting these than supporting them.

I don\'t know if I\'m doing the article justice either, but trust me. You want to read this.


Google Needs People

Here's One by Peter Morville, on the new News Service At Google. Google says they generate the news entirely by computer algorithms without human editors. Peter says Google's hyperbole sent shivers down the spines of graphic designers, software developers, information architects and other humans who earn a living building Web sites and Intranets.


Conspiracy Researcher Says Google's No Good

Jen Young noticed This One over on Alternet about Daniel Brandt, they guy who runs
Brandt believes that the search engine is unfair, and it doesn't -- as many people think -- return the best search results. He says Google's PageRank algorithm, the celebrated system by which Google orders search results, is not, as Google says, "uniquely democratic" -- it's "uniquely tyrannical." PageRank is the "opposite of affirmative action," he has written, meaning that the system discriminates against new Web sites and favors established sites.


Google Degraded? Geeks Aghast

Wired Is Saying the \"inevitable\" backlash finally appears to have hit the world\'s most popular search engine. They say Google results have been degraded rather than improved by the latest tweak to its proprietary scoring algorithm for Web pages, known as PageRank. Though, it may just be bloggers who are bothered.


Why the Search Engine Isn\'t Always Right

NoOne writes \"Here\'s An Interesting Story.
Google, when given a query for the term \"go to hell\" kicks back the home page of Microsoft. The official home pages for AOL Time Warner Inc.\'s America Online division and for Walt Disney Co. also come in among the top five results under the \"go to hell\" query.

Although Google offered no explanation on the \"go to hell\" matter, Google\'s site is famous for its \"link analysis\" method of producing search results. When users enter a word or term, they get back not just those Web sites containing that term but other sites as well, that are linked to those that contain the word or phrase, in question.

Microsoft\'s home page, in other words, may not contain the phrase \"go to hell\" anywhere, but there are apparently a lot of other sites out there that mention Microsoft (or AOL, or Disney) and going to hell in the same context.

I got quite different results just now when I did it.


Google News Search Breakdown.

News Search, while still calling
itself \"beta,\" is already an \"alpha\" amongst news
search engines
.  Its news breakdown includes: Top
/ World
/ Business
/ Sci/Tech
/ Sports
/ Entertainment
& Health

Like AltaVista\'s news
(via Moreover), Google
is including thumbnails of photographs from some news stories, though Google
is being far more aggressive in its \'transformative fair use\' of the images. 
Google is also a NYTimes partner,
offering direct, \'no registration needed\' links to NYTimes articles.

Some of the most useful features are the \"related\" links that
bring up similar articles from any of about 4,000 news sources currently
being crawled by Google.  The \"In the News\" feature appears
to be a top 10 Zeitgeist
of current news events.  Doing a news search defaults to \"Sorted
by relevance
,\" so click the \"Sort by date\" button for a 30 day
chronological display of backdated news articles.  Read more: about
google news



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