With the deeply unpopular shutdown of Google Reader
less than two weeks away (previously
), plenty of would-be replacements have jumped into the mix, including the newly web-based Feedly
, and possibly even Facebook
(a particularly bitter irony, as obsession with defeating Facebook
has been the alleged impetus behind CEO Larry Page's abandonment of beloved Google hallmarks like 20% Time
, Google Labs
, and open platforms like Reader
But while there's no shortage of attempts to replicate Reader's look and feel, there's one little-known aspect that none can match, and that will be lost forever come July 1st: the vast cache archive of every article from every website, living and dead, that has ever been subscribed to in Reader
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 20, 2013 -
I turned around to face an approaching figure. It was Larry Page, naked, save for a pair of eyeglasses. “Welcome to Google Island. I hope my nudity doesn’t bother you. We’re completely committed to openness here. Search history. Health data. Your genetic blueprint. One way to express this is by removing clothes to foster experimentation. It’s something I learned at Burning Man,” he said.
posted by Horace Rumpole
on May 17, 2013 -
"On Tuesday, Google announced via Google+
that Image Search now has an “Animated” filter. That means that if you’re only searching for animated magic, you need never be bothered with a still image again. Finally that search for Jennifer Lawrence GIF
s from the Academy Awards just got a whole lot easier."
posted by Fizz
on Mar 20, 2013 -
We've all seen it.
The off-white UAV is seen side on, nose tilted slightly down, a stubby missile caught at the moment of launch beneath it, a blue and grey landscape of treeless mountains behind it. There's no motion blur and none of the markings on the aircraft have been obfuscated. It's a perfect shot. Except for one or two details. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Mar 19, 2013 -
"To the credit of today's social networks, they've brought in hundreds of millions of new participants [...] but they haven't shown the web itself the respect and care it deserves, as a medium which has enabled them to succeed. And they've now narrowed the possibilites of the web for an entire generation of users who don't realize how much more innovative and meaningful their experience could be."
Anil Dash laments The Web We Lost
, and offers some suggestions for moving forward.
posted by oulipian
on Dec 13, 2012 -
You want us to pay you for directing eyeballs to your sites?
Newspaper publishers in France want a law whereby Google (and other search engine services) have to pay for each click made from the search engine to their sites. You click on a link to a French newspaper site from a search engine, the Search Engine has to pay the newspaper for that click. If the law is passed it's likely Google will no longer
include links to French sites that require payment for said links.
posted by juiceCake
on Oct 19, 2012 -
New Google+ Study Reveals Minimal Social Activity, Weak User Engagement Fast Company
summarizes a new study
from RJMetrics that looks at public posts, +1s, replies and reshares on Google+. It concludes "the average post on Google+ has less than one +1, less than one reply, and less than one re-share." Google replies that public posts are a poor metric of user activity; Fast Company replies that "Google has refused to provide clear figures and metrics for its social network's active user base" and links to Danny Sullivan's "brilliant rundown of Google's lack of transparency on the subject" - If Google’s Really Proud Of Google+, It Should Share Some Real User Figures
There was also Wil Wheaton's recent angry "Oh, go fuck yourself, Google" rant
in response to a recent experiment replacing YouTube's "like" button with a Google+ button for a small number of users, thus requiring them to sign up for Google+ before they can 'like' a YouTube video. Is Google Forcing Google+ Down People’s Throats?
posted by mediareport
on May 21, 2012 -
The 2011 Edublog Awards
are on. The nominee lists provide rich resources for everyone, perhaps most especially in the free web tool
category. A personal selection: Online Convert
(free online conversion of dozens of video formats), GeoTrio
(recorded tours around the world), CorkboardMe
(online, shared pibboards),
Cover It Live
(online event presentation) and A Google A Day
(daily questions and puzzles, presented by Google (previously)
). For kids, there’s
(the world’s largest children’s arts museum) Tarheel Reader
(illustrated readers for multiple platforms) and SweetSearch
(a search engine for students),along with much, much more. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Dec 5, 2011 -
"Schema ...provides a collection of schemas, i.e., html tags, that webmasters can use to markup their pages in ways recognized by major search providers. Search engines including Bing, Google and Yahoo! rely on this markup to improve the display of search results, making it easier for people to find the right web pages. " [more inside]
posted by 00dimitri00
on Jun 2, 2011 -
Age of the Algorithm. In the age of the algorithm, you can get just about anything you think you want, learn everything you think you need to know, by clicking on a link or typing a few words into a search bar.
On SEO, content farms, old media, and 'online sweatshops.' (From Maisonneuve.
posted by shakespeherian
on May 11, 2011 -
Getting to advanced reading level content.
As pioneered by Adrien Chen of Gawker, by far the most interesting application of the tool is its ability to rate the overall level of material on any given site, simply by dropping site: [domain.com] into the search box.
posted by Muirwylde
on Dec 21, 2010 -
"With your permission you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches," [Google CEO Eric Schmidt] said. "We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about... We can look at bad behavior and modify it.
" The Atlantic
's editor James Bennet discusses with Schmidt how lobbyists write America's laws, how America's research universities are the best in the world, how the Chinese are going all-out in investing in their infrastructure, how the US should have allowed automakers to fail, and ultimately Google's evolving role in an technologically-augmented society in this broad, interesting and scary interview
(~25 min Flash video) [via
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Oct 4, 2010 -
An Omnivorous Google Is Coming.
"Imagine what it would be like if there was a tool built into the search engine which translated my search query into every language and then searched the entire world’s websites," she says. "And then invoked the translation software a second and third time – to not only then present the results in your native language, but then translated those sites in full when you clicked through.” Marissa Mayer
, Google's vice president for search products and user experience, shares her unparalleled insights into the future of internet search engines. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Dec 14, 2009 -
is a new Google Labs experiment that lets a user search through images in a "visual and semantic" way, allowing users to search through radiating treeviews of conceptually related images. (requires flash)
posted by boo_radley
on Nov 17, 2009 -
Top 100 search terms of the <18 crowd during summer.
If you're Glenn Quagmire, don't read this. All others, continue!
An article with at least superficial credibility (they admit kids search for porn, etc.) about what kids, tweens and teens search for online. Randomness includes Megan Fox, Walmart, Youtube and Naked Girls. (And Craigslist. What the hell do kids need on Craigslist?)
posted by ShadePlant
on Aug 14, 2009 -
Google has released an experimental search tool, Google Squared
, that presents search results in the form of a table. Each column represents some attribute or dimension of the things returned - for example, searching for US presidents
yields a column for date of birth, and rows for Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, etc. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen
on Jun 5, 2009 -
is a new search engine developed by former Google employees, and claims to index 3x more pages than Google. CNN Money
story has the basics. My attempts were met with timeouts. [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas
on Jul 28, 2008 -