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Saturday, July 31, 2004

The always useful Ariadne has just been published.

Friday, July 30, 2004

If you're interested in words, and which information professional isn't, try WORDCOUNT. It lists the 86800 most popular words in english. The top ten are:
The, Of, And, To, A, In, That, It, Is, Was. 'Librarian' is the 8,222 most common word, with 'discarded' and 'urging' either side of it. That must mean something, surely?

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The August issue of IRN is now available at: Internet Resources Newsletter: Issue 119, August 2004
I've just spent a couple of days updating my Country and regional search engines page at: Country search engines and Regional Search Engines. It now has a total of 2,086 search engines and covers 216 countries, territories and regions. If you need country or regional based information take a look.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

MSNBC is now offering a beta test whereby you can personalise your own news, in an effort to take on Google. You can read all about it on their website at: MSNBC Newsbot
Nice little tool that gives you the Google ranking of a page, Alexa traffic statistics and Yahoo backlinks all in one go. Very nifty. Web ranking tool

Friday, July 23, 2004

A new search engine for medical information. - MetaSearch the Medical Search Engines searches the major health databases. Worth trying.
Lots of song lyrics about libraries, librarians and books. - Library - Songs

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Blinkx has been launched - it is supposed to be able to index your hard drive and find relevant material for you. However, as this items shows - John Battelle's Searchblog: Blinkx to Launch it apparently seems to be fairly dire. I've not tried it myself, but over in Freepint people have been reporting exactly the same thing.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Interesting article dealing with the Google email facility Gmail. Boxes and Arrows: The Information Architecture of Email
Nice article listing what types of search engines there are, what they do and what their drawbacks are. The Meta Search Engines :, Reviews & Links also gives a nice listing of meta search engines as well.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

The battle between the two giants, Google and Yahoo continues. In the article: Yahoo Gaining On Google it's stated that they're both sharing about 40% of the market each. I have to admit that I find this difficult to believe, since no-one I know says that they use Yahoo, and believe me, I talk to a lot of searchers every week. So who are these mystery users?
Spider Nevi | Medical Tutorial is a new search engine which specifically covers medical information. I tried a couple of searches and it does seem to do the job very well. One (unfortunate) quick word of warning - it displays the top searches, some of which do contain terminology that might not be appropriate in the work place.

Monday, July 19, 2004

There won't be an update to the weblog today, since I'm out training.

Friday, July 16, 2004

The company that made the Lord of the Rings film is now attempting to take ownership of - they seem to think that 'shire' is too closely associated with the film, while missing the point that it's a word with a history that predates the books. You can read about it here:Lord of the Rings domain fight enters realms of fantasy | The Register
Interesting article from Wired News about why it's so difficult to find content from the New York Times in search engines. It's because they require readers to register, which means the search engine can't register, and it can't therefore index content.
An article in the New York Post Online Edition says that Google is planning to add audio and video clip searches, which will bring it into line with the competition.
Interesting blog article which is very critical of Vivisimo, which I know a lot of people like rather a lot. The important line is 'a substandard meta-search tool for serious searchers'. SiteLines - Ideas About Web Searching: July 2004 Archives
If you're interested in military history, this is a site that you're going to want to look at: The Battle of Britain - Home Page. Of course, if you're not, you'll have no interest in it at all!

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Well, it had to happen. Furl at http://www.furl.nt is such a useful resource, some had to come along and try the same thing. It's called - Free online bookmarks with so much more... and looks just the same.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Fascinating article about how scientists are working with really old wax based recordings and digitising the data. It means that it may be possible to once again listen to early recordings from soldiers who fought in the Civil War, and perhaps even Queen Victoria or Abe Lincoln. You can read the entire article at: Digitizing the voices of the past / Science perfects sound of century-old recordings

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

I've been asked to speak at the ARLIS Conference in Oxford this weekend on the subject of Writing effective content for web pages and the link goes to the presentation.
Yahoo! is swiftly trying to catch up with Google and has added in a bunch of shortcuts to make life easier. Most of the Yahoo! shortcuts are US based, but others are quite useful.
If your interest is in human rights, you might like to try HURISEARCH which concentrates solely on this area.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Worried that someone may have stolen your text? There's a fantastic new resource: Copyscape - Website Plagiarism Search - Web Page Copyright - Find Site Copies. Just tell it the name of the page on your site that you're interested in tracking, and the engine will search to find other sites that have used significant proportions of your content. I tried it myself and found several sites that have used material that I've written without permission. (Words will be spoken).

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Excellent and informative article about how to get your site listed in DMOZ -- The Open Directory.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Depressing article entitled - Amount of Spam Still Skyrocketing shows that we're still getting a lot of spam. But you knew that already I suspect! 56% originates from the US, and 80% in total from the top 5 spam countries - America, South Korea, China, Brazil and Canada.

Friday, July 02, 2004

Microsoft now has a minimalist search engine interface which attempts to out-google Google in it's approach. It also has a reasonable advanced search interface, but astonishingly, no help screens. You can try it out at: MSN Search

Thursday, July 01, 2004

The ever useful Internet Resources Newsletter has a new edition out.