Google Japan penalized by Google

Dear Reader,

Funny things happen in the cyberworld. Google Japan did a campaign paying for bloggers to link and blog nicely of them in order to boost the campaign. The result? Mother company Google penalized them by lowering the PageRank of Google Japan from 9 to 5.

New search engine to harness librarians as a source for web page trustworthiness!

Dear Reader,

It has been quiet for some time in Webgrizzly’s camp. Or maybe more like deathlike silence.

Nonetheless, here’s some good news. A new search engine is on its way. So where’s the good news, one might ask? The good news is that this time its results won’t be based on popularity but on trustworthiness! At least this is what Reference Extract is aiming for and something that I wholeheartedly welcome as a bright idea in the otherwise link popularity driven search result world.

RefEx’s (as it is abbreviated) idea is perhaps still in its infancy, as only librarians are currently thought to be trustworthy enough to determine the relevancy of any one link and thus how well it will do in the engine’s results. While I don’t think librarians are defaultly any more trustworthy than others and suffer from same defects as most :), I believe this is a step in the right direction as, to make it loud and clear, internet is currently full of shite — and has been, for most of its lifespan. We need a search engine that can deliver a bit more trustworthy results than the otherwise great Google. And maybe this will even trigger some changes in Google’s, Yahoo!’s or Live’s camps, which would be much welcomed.

Links:
Planning Reference Extract -blog
An article in ARS Technica covering Reference Extract

BR,
‘grizzly

Rise of defcon

Dear reader,

It’s getting hectic again at work so blogging will become a secondary priority for a while. This means that I will be returning to my usual pace with new blog posts.

In the meantime, why not try the 4hoursearch.com that showed the world you could get better search results than Cuil with just 4 hours of coding by using Yahoo!’s BOSS platform.

Former Google engineers challenge ex-employer with ‘Cuil’ search engine

Dear Reader,

Yesterday a brand new search engine saw daylight. Cuil has a fresh GUI and a new type of search listing. Because of being used to how search engines show results at present, it might be a challenge for new users to get to know this search engine’s way. But so far I think the GUI is quite user-friendly and looks nice. Time shall tell if this attempt will be able to challenge the search engine giant.

Go ahead and try out Cuil!

The future of Google search – new functionality on its way

Dear Reader,

Googles new search functionalities

Google

Lately Google has been experimenting with very Digg and Wikia-like new search functionality. The research, according to Techcrunch, has actually started already a year ago. There seems to be only a handful of lucky test drivers at the time being.

The new search under testing consist e.g. of the ability to rate search engine results with ‘thumb down’ / ‘thumb up’ rating system as well as enables user comments on each result with similar rating system for each comment. The comments can be later edited as well as the ratings.

It is also possible to go and look at all the other commentators profiles and see the comments they have made on search results (provided they have commented while being logged in with their Google Account). If one isn’t logged in, the ‘user name’ on each comment will show as Unknown.

One can also remove results from the personal view or move results from latter result pages to the first one! I’ll make an educated  guess: this probably adds up somewhere deep on a Google server and in time can reduce or add the target site’s search engine ranking..?

Check the video on Techcrunch explaining some of the new features: 
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/16/is-this-the-future-of-search/

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