Cites & Insights 5:6 (April 2005) available

Cites & Insights 5:6 (April 2005) is now available.

The 22-page issue, PDF as always, includes:

  • Bibs & Blather: Go Away--and an HTML challenge!
  • disContent Perspective: Print a bil i ty -- 30% failure rate!
  • The Library Stuff: seven articles worth noting
  • Net media Perspective: Google and Gorman: More thoughts on Google Print, and a retrospective on the recent unpleasantness
  • Trends & Quick Takes: four trends, eight quick takes
  • The Good Stuff: five articles worth noting


The Google / Blog People article was very well written. It was part of that rare 10%. And as an aside, I am always happy when my favorite author Theodore Sturgeon, gets a mention.

Do you have any articles or data or examples to support your belief that "Google’s results aren’t as focused now as they were when the index had a mere billion or two documents"?

Only my own experience. I haven't attempted to quantify it: I'm not claiming it as Truth, and I'm not putting it in a scholarly article. Based on my own searching ever since Google jumped to 4 billion documents, I find that it's rarer and rarer for the site I'm looking for to be #1, or even in the top five. YMMV, of course.