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Saturday, March 29, 2003

I've now got a RSS feed for the blog, which means that you can add it to your news aggregator. I'll be playing around with it for a bit just to see exactly how it works, so bear with me on this for a while.... Oh yes, you can find it at

Friday, March 28, 2003

Just spotted something regarding a survey the Disability Rights Commission is undertaking regarding accessability of websites for disabled people.
Government gets tough on spam! It looks like the UK Government is going to attempt to make spam illegal and a thing of the past, although they admit that there's nothing they can really do to stop it, which makes a refreshingly honest change!

New tools available to help you search through blogs.

BBCi has switched from Google to Inktomi. I've mentioned before about the Google backlash, and I think this is another example of it.

Nice article about un-intentionally getting on the wrong side of search engines, by linking to bad neighbourhoods, cloaking, incorrect use of colour - none of it's rocket science, but it's a good read.

I've been included in a librarians blog list over at Library Weblogs by Peter Scott who, it would also appear, is an Evertonian! There's a lot of us about.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

I'm back from the Internet Librarian 2003 conference, held at the NEC. I was there on the Monday to take part in the WebSearch Academy with Mary Ellen Bates, Ran Hock, and Gary Price. The day was run by Marydee Ojala, Editor of ONLINE. A very enjoyable and interesting time was had by all.

On the Tuesday I did a presentation on evaluating the results of searches, which was fun to do. I had to get back to London, so I wasn't able to spend any longer at the conference - perhaps next year!

Nice little article here on how to write your web pages so that they are more user friendly for search engines. It doesn't really say anything that the readers of my own site won't know, but it's neatly put together and worth a quick looksee.

Monday, March 17, 2003

A seriously excellent article on Google, packed with lots of trivia - did you know that they employ 10 people full time just to read all the email that they get sent? It's at:
Made some changes to the look and feel of my site today - got rid of the old menu down the left hand side and went for a pull down menu from the top. Little things, but I think it looks nicer.
Visual Internet - there are two at the moment, one I knew about, Kartoo, and one that I didn't - You type in a URL and Touchgraph will wander around finding links to other places and display them in a graphical format. Very interesting!

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Very interesting article on Google censorship - how they do it, and how you can spot it.

Friday, March 14, 2003

Sorry for the delay in updating, but I've been wandering around the countryside in the last week or so - up to Glasgow, down to Worthing, and then up to the East Riding of Yorkshire teaching librarians how to write and design web pages. However, I'm now back for a bit, so normal blogging service should shortly resume.

This one amused me: since it's talking about using keywords in hypertext links to increase your ranking with search engines. Everything Jill says makes sense, and it's a useful article to read, but she's acting as though this is something new and exciting - I wrote about it in my book 'Getting and staying noticed' which was published last year, and I've been advising people to use good keywords in linking text for about a year now.

This site is another of the 'this looks like a good site to check out when I've got a few minutes' places.

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Kartoo at has changed their search interface recently, and it's looking much better. There are additional features that allow you to find out more about a particular domain (ala Alltheweb, though not as useful), and if you've not checked out Kartoo yet, I'd certainly advise trying it.

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Alltheweb has just updated its interface, size of index and added in some spiffy new tools as well. I've only looked at it for about 5 minutes but I'm already extremely impressed with the extra functionality.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Googlert has a competitor in the form of Search Alert. I've not tried it, but you can take a look at

Sunday, March 02, 2003

This is an excellent example of artificial intelligence (AI) or intelligent agents. It's a 20 questions type program and I have to say it's pretty clever indeed. Definately worth a look if you're into that sort of thing. Don't be put off by the opening screen.. just fill out the details (takes 10 seconds) and get in and play!
Now, we've all heard about the Nigerian letter haven't we? You know the one - where you're offered a share in millions of pounds for doing next to nothing. And you're intelligent enough to realise that it's just a scam. But unfortunately, not all us Brits are that intelligent. How much money do you think has been lost in the last year to the people who run this scam - 100,000? 1 million? 2 million? 5 million? More? Less? This article will tell you:

Saturday, March 01, 2003

Very nice short article from ResearchBuzz on the Overture/AV/FAST news this week. Points out the difference between them and raises a number of interesting issues that are worth considering.

Nothing to do with search engines etc, but a very interesting quiz - are your beliefs in God logically consistent? Highly recommended... worth 5 minutes of your time without a doubt!

It's the weekend. Another non searchy type link. Like snowflakes? You'll love this site:

Like using Flash? Read why it's a really bad idea: