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


Google News Search Option Included With Some Search Returns.

Google just started including a [News]
tab with some search results that automatically applies your search query
to it\'s current news database.

Apparently they\'re testing the feature - it only came up once for me


Gone Googlin\'

When Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page first hatched the idea of Google in their Stanford dorm room in 1998 I doubt they knew what a good idea they had. Google is no longer just a search engine, for many, it is the primary way to find information on the Web. People don’t search any more, they “Google.” If you’re like most librarians, searching the Web has become one of your primary job functions. (your secondary tasks probably include email, and of course, meetings.) If you’re like me, when you’re searching the web, you’re using Google. Google’s not the only game in town, but it is clearly the search engine of choice for most librarians.


Google mirror beats Great Firewall of China

The New Scientist is Reporting that China\'s widely criticised blocking of the web\'s most popular search engine Google can be defeated by viewing a strange Google mirror site through a mirror, New Scientist has discovered.


China Blocks Google Search Engine

Associated Press Says China has blocked access to Google. Attempts to look at the site through Chinese Internet services on Tuesday were rejected with a notice saying it couldn\'t be found. Users and technical consultants who monitor the Chinese Internet said the site has been blocked for several days.

There was no immediate explanation for the blocking and representatives for Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., were not immediately available for comment.


Google By Mail

Gary Deane noticed This NYTimes Story on a new service called GoogleMail that gives you e-mail access to the popular search engine. Just send a message to [email protected] with your query in the Subject line. The search results will be sent to your In box, they say, usually within minutes.


Net Users Try to Elude the Google Grasp

The NYTimes has one of those Sky Is Falling Stories that says the combined power of the Internet, search engines and archival databases can enable almost anyone to find information about almost anyone else, possibly to satiate a passing curiosity.

\"If you are living in a new town trying to be hidden, it\'s pretty easy to find you now between Google and online government records,\" said Cindy Southworth, who develops technology education programs for victims of domestic violence. \"Many public entities are putting everything on the Web without thinking through the ramifications of those actions.\"


Inside the Googleplex

Gary Deane passed along This One from The Ottawa Citizen.
It\'s a long look at what makes google tick, and why it\'s so cool.

Gary also submitted This One, a look at RocketInfo, the
four-year-old company, which
develops corporate
Web-search and
information-gathering software
for an annual licensing fee,
launched a free search engine
called The
site was intended to only be
an advertising tool that would
show potential clients the
efficacy of Rocketinfo\'s search


Gagged by Google

Thanks to Library Juice for this one:

It began when [Body Shop founder and Google advertiser Anita] Roddick posted a short comment on her site about actor John Malkovich\'s public threat to shoot Scottish Member of Parliament George Galloway and Independent reporter Robert Fisk. (Malkovich railed against critics of Israel at a high-profile speech at Cambridge University.)

\"John Malkovich often plays disturbed and dangerous men in his films,\" wrote Roddick, \"maybe he\'s not acting. His threat to shoot Robert Fisk for his honest reportage on Israel is but further evidence that Malkovich is a vomitous worm.\"

\"Vomitous worm\" didn\'t go down well with Google. Shortly after Roddick made the comment, she got word that the advertising staff at the search engine were suspending her ad campaign. \"They said that my ad violated their editorial policy against \'sites that advocate against groups or individuals,\'\" writes Roddick.

Full story from Alternet.

An interesting article, but I have to take issue with their characterization of the Body Shop as a \"notable socially-responsible\" buisness.



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