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Monday, July 28, 2003

Who to submit to? Always a difficult choice, but this article is clear, concise and makes a lot of sense. Worth reading.
Northern Light returning? Visit the home page, where they say "We are planning to bring it back later this year" Watch this space...
Nine steps to better marketing for the search engines Short snappy article, which will take 2 minutes to read, but it's got some useful information in it if you're interested in better promotion of your website.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Digging for Googleholes - Google may be our new god, but it's not omnipotent. By Steven Johnson This article suggests that Google has bias (wow! There's a surprise) in the type of returns that it gives you. Specifically it will provide shopping sites, or sites that focus on a particular term, or which use articles not books. The whole focus of the arguement used by Johnson is painfully flawed, but it's interesting (and quick!) to read. May be useful for trainers to point out to new searchers though.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Welcome to NetNose. Create a better search engine! A new search engine that's doing what Google has been half threatening for some time, which is to allow users to rank sites, though it looks as though you get given sites at random to rank, rather than ranking the ones that you find when you're searching. I can see that it would be to stop people ranking their own sites as a 10 and their competition as 0, but it seems fairly pointless really.
Top 100 New Zealand Company Web Sites are Invisible to Search Engines - search engine news blog I can't say that I'm surprised. Very interesting reading.

Friday, July 11, 2003

Librarian Avengers: Home Ah, there we are! It's back again.
The Seattle Times: Local News: Toymaker finds librarian who's a real doll Yes folks, more on the doll! (You can tell it's Friday!)
P A L I M P S E S T This is a new site from what I can make out, and you'll like it if you like books, reading and/or writing. Worth taking a peek.
Toy company launches librarian action figure. 11/07/2003. ABC News Online I have to get one!

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Interesting article from the Denver Post on fake degrees. This is an area that I worked in many years ago (identifying them that is, not getting degrees from!), and they've moved onto the Internet in big numbers. Very useful and interesting article, worth reading if this is an area that interests or concerns you - and it should!

Monday, July 07, 2003

Freeserve dumps Google and in preference uses Overture and Alltheweb instead. Clearly, all is not over in the search engine war!

Friday, July 04, 2003

Information Foraging: Why Google Makes People Leave Your Site Faster (Alertbox June 2003) Short snappy and very interesting!