Is Googling O.K.?

Theo writes: "Randy Cohen, the Everyday Ethicist in NY Times Magazine, responds to a question about "Googling" people, in this case a blind date."

Cohen says he's all for it, and admits he's done it, and many other people have, too; that's why the verb "to Google" is now a familiar neologism.
As Gary would probably add, never trust your romantic snooping to just one search engine!


Sites Become Dependent on Google

Gary Deane sent along This NYTimes Story on what they call "the Google economy."They say Google has become enough of a Web gatekeeper that its leads now prop up plenty of commercial sites.
With its partner sites included, Google is now responsible for about three-quarters of all search engine traffic to Web sites, according to the research firm StatMarket.


The World According to Google

David Goldman from over at KFSorce writes \"Google cofounder Sergey Brin puts it succinctly: “I’d like to get to a state where people think that if you’ve Googled something, you’ve researched it, and otherwise you haven’t and that’s it.” We’re almost there now.\" For the full (bombastic) text see \"The World According to Google\"


He\'s Really Gung Ho about Google

steven bell writes \"John Derbyshire, columnist for National Review Online, in his Nov. 14 column \"The Age of Google\" give his readers the following advice: \"Throw out your Merriam-Webster, throw out your Fowler and Follett — throw away your whole shelf of reference books, in fact.\" You can probably guess where Google-fanatic Derbyshire is going with this column. That\'s right. Now that you can \"google\" all day, there\'s pretty much nothing else you need when it comes to finding information. Even though he does note that not everything in on the Internet yet, he states that \"A vast world of knowledge — all the knowledge in the world, in fact — is opening up to anyone with an $800 computer and an internet account\". I did like one of Derbyshire\'s remarks. He said that in the old days if someone made an observation about what Kierkegaard said (or quoted him) he or she had probably actually read Keirkegaard. Now, says Derbyshire, anyone can fool anyone else by sounding knowledgeable when in fact he or she probably just \"googled up\" that information. You guessed it. No mention of librarians here. So much for that \"human search engine\" campaign. Read the whole column at: \"


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.



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