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Friday, September 30, 2005

 
Yahoo! Site Explorer is a useful tool that enables you to see how many pages of your site have been indexed by the search engine.

 
A new weblog has been created for the Online Information 2005 conference taking place late November in London. If you're coming to the event, or thinking of attending, it's worth taking a visit.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

 
PubSub has listed their top 1,000 weblogs. Top of the list is the good old BBC, followed by the New York Times and then the Washington Post. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to be easily searchable; if you want to find if yours is in there, you have to go through 100 at a time. (I couldn't be bothered - if you find mine in there though do let me know!) It's a useful resource if you're looking for more weblogs to add to your collection though.

 
Cydral is an image search engine that has now added support by providing meta searching across Google Yahoo Ask Jeeves, Fast and Dir. (No, I don't know anything about the last one either!) What's particularly interesting about Cydral is that it has the opportunity of doing a visual similarity search. So, if you get a result which is a picture of someone portrait style in black and white, Cydral can go off and find similar images. A search on confederate brought up pictures of the Confederate flag, and a visual similarity search returned other pictures of the flag, and also images that had a large amount of red and blue in them. You can also sort your results in the same way. It's really clever and I can see myself using it a lot.

 
An article in Yahoo! News reports that in a survey of taxi drivers, pub landlords and hairdressers 90% didn't know what a podcast was and more than 70% don't know what blogging is. (They confused it with dogging, an entirely different activity that I really don't need to go into.) This is apparently a 'real wake-up call' for the industry. They could have saved themselves some money and just asked me - I'd have given them a fairly close estimate. To be honest, I'm surprised the numbers are not higher; blogging is still not taken seriously in the UK, and virtually no-one on the courses that I run have heard of it. Indeed, I've been offering courses on blogging since Autumn 2003 and the take up has been minimal; indeed, 2 courses that I was going to run in conjunction with CILIP have been cancelled due to lack of interest. It's hard to get people interested when they have no idea what they're supposed to be interested in, and even when people have heard of blogging they assume that it's all about daily diaries written by angst ridden teenagers. It's going to be another 2 years or so before Brits catch up I think.

 
An article in the New York Times has more on the size wars. Google is apparently going to get users to decide for themselves how big their index is, and they'll post guidelines in their weblog. There may or may not be a prize for the best guess apparently. I have to admit that this is getting very tiresome now. Either tell us or don't. Not that many people will care either way; I lose interest after the first 20 or so results and don't care if there are another 50 or 5,000,000 tagged on after that. As for this 'take a guess' rubbish - look Google, you've long since gone from cute, laid back and relaxed company into a many billion dollar enterprise. You jumped the shark with the last share offer based on pi, and it's just not funny any longer. I don't think 'Ohhhh, those Google guys!' and think 'Get a life and grow up'.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

 
Internet resources Newsletter: Issue 133 October 2005 is now available. It has the usual interesting mix of websites, weblog news, leisure sites, press releases and so on. Always an eclectic mix it's worth a look - you'll be sure to find something interesting.

 
The folks over at OneStat.com are reporting that for September the largest (in terms of usage) engines are Google with 56.9%, Yahoo on 21.2%, MSN with 8.9% and AOL with 3.2% Follow the link to see what else they say.

 
Very interesting experiment covered inThe Power of Default Values (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox) which shows that when a group of searchers ran a search 42% of them would automatically click the first result. Even when the #1 and #2 results were swopped over, 34% still clicked on the top result. It's an experiment worth reading about.

 
TrustWatch Search is a rather different search engine, in that as the name suggests, it's about trust. When you run a search there are 3 symbols that can come up against a site - Green for verified and therefore can be trusted, Yellow for not verified, proceed with caution and Red for danger. It's not a site that I'd use very often, but if I wanted to give to a charity for example, it would be a good way of checking that I wasn't giving money to a bogus organisation.

 
As reported in John Battelle's searchblog, the size wars are apparently over, or at least at a cease fire. Google has done two things - taken the number of pages it indexes off the home page and made the statement that its index is 3 times as large as the competition. Now, Google can't really prove this, and so we have no real way of knowing if this is true, with the added problem that both Yahoo and Google count differently.

Perhaps we can now get back to the more interesting question of who gives better results.

Friday, September 23, 2005

 
A couple of weeks ago I gave an evening talk which was about my life and career. One of the anecdotes that I told was about a visit that I did several years ago to a particular country, where I met what can only be described as a Library Mafia. Since the attendees seemed to enjoy the small part of the story that I told, I've written it down and put it into my personal weblog.

I've changed the name of the country and cities that I went to, partly out of respect, and partly because I don't want to get sued. However, everything else about the tale is true. Ish. So, if you'd like to spend a few minutes reading about the Foobar Library Mafia, simply follow the link.

 
Dumbfind.com ... the most searchiest search engine on the web has been getting a lot of coverage recently. It's a simple search engine, and you type in your keywords, and can then also add in various topics to focus the search as well. I've played around with it for a while, and it does seem to give some good results. It's only very basic at the moment, but may be worth trying out.

 
It's been reported that it's already possible to use the Google wi-fi system in London. Google had originally said that this would only be available in the Bay Area, in which case they've got a very broad definition of what that means. It's an unconfirmed report, but interesting none the less.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

 
Start.com is Microsoft's attempt at a portal, although they strongly reject that notion. I quite like it - you can add in a bunch of stuff ala My Google - specific searches, news, weather, feed search and so on. When you run a search the results appear in a popup window, and it's very easy to tab between web, news and feeds. Nice, simple and easy to customise. It's worth spending a bit of time playing around with.

 
According to an article in TheStreet Jeeves of 'Ask Jeeves' fame is being sacked as the search engine is being renamed Ask. Obviously internet search is now a serious game.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

 
I've updated my Country search engines and Regional Search Engines pages to include links to both Flickr and Technorati, so that as well as finding search engines, visitors can now also look at images tagged with the country name at Flickr, and see what people are writing about that country over at Technorati. Hopefully that will make the resource even more useful!

 
The AlacraWiki is designed to be a guide to business information companies, publishers and databases. Anyone can contribute, though you have to register. Worth taking a look at, and I'm going to alert Karen Blakeman to it to see if she can cast an expert eye over it.

 
Thought provoking article over at Light Reading - Networking the Telecom Industry which suggests that Google is going to be creating its own network, so massive that it's suggested it could be one of the world's largest transport networks - essentially its own private internet.

I've seen lots of articles discussing this in the past few days, but this is one of the best, with facts and figures to back up the conjecture. It certainly seems quite possible!

 
Michael Stephens (a very nice librarian, check out his weblog) posted to say that Dr Laurel Anne Clyde, from the University of Iceland had a fatal heart attack on Sunday 18th. I was lucky enough to meet her once or twice and we corresponded now and then. She wrote the most excellent book 'Weblogs and libraries' which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I'm sure she'll be greatly missed.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

 
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database looks like a bit of a winner to me. It's a community effort to catalogue works of fiction and links together types of bibliographic data such as author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, awards, magazine content listings, anthology contents and forthcoming books. I checked out the entry for Iain Banks which gave me a cross reference to Iain M Banks, which listed his wikipedia entry, IMDB entry, web page (which actually isn't his and wasn't working anyway), series, novels and collections. The one shame is that there wasn't much detail, other than bare bones factual stuff - a short synopsis would have been nice.

However, it's still a useful resource if you're into speculative fiction. Which isn't the same as science fiction, oh no.

 
Interesting article at Silicon.com which is an interview with Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy. He says that Google has dumbed down searching, and uses an example of someone who needs to know about the effect of oil pollution on the penguin population of Alaska simply typing in 'penguin'. Well actually, I don't believe that most people would do that. Even if they do, that's not the fault of Google, which has provided some reasonable tools to use when searching. It's like complaining that a DIY store has dumbed down DIY because someone goes in a buys a hammer to knock a screw in. You can have the most advanced search engine in the world, but you can't be blamed if people do poor searches.

He also talks about other advances in technology which are already happening or have been announced as though they are some sort of visionary approach that he's just discovered. I loved the bit where he says 'search is going to become a lot more than typing words into a box. It's going to be become about alerting'. This would have been a really interesting and visionary comment say 4 years ago. Now it's history, yet he's trying to make out that it's something new and exciting.

I think he's spent too much time in his office, and not enough wandering around seeing what's going on. Very disappointing comments from someone who should know better.

 
Exalead, which is a fine and splendid search engine that doesn't get as much good coverage as it should, is now getting into the Desktop search business. My friend Karen Blakeman has been testing it out. You can read her brief review by following the link, or just go on the overall comment ...definitely worth a try - especially for the advanced search features.

 
A number of countries have complained about Google Earth, and now the British Government is getting in on the act. Apparently the maps are an artilleryman's dream. I didn't realise that we were expecting terrorists to arrive with artillery now.

Monday, September 19, 2005

 
ChemIndustry is a chemical search engine. I know nothing about chemistry (although I know a woman who does!), so there's not much I can say with any level of authority on this one. However, there does appear to be a lot there, with a basic search function, a directory, chemical information, market research, jobs and newsletters. If you're into chemistry, give it a whirl and feel free to use the comment field to tell me and everyone else what you think of it.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

 
The Google Blog comments on the fact that searches for 'failure' or 'miserable failure' link to the official biography of George Bush. Reading between the lines their answer is 'tough, deal with it'.

Friday, September 16, 2005

 
If you're a sensible person, and use Firefox, you may be concerned that you're starting to get popups appearing. This is not how it should be, and it's very irritating. Especially for people who moved to Firefox to get away from them. However, help is at hand at the article: Popup Ads are Back | Bayosphere This discusses the problem and gives you a number of suggestions about stopping the little wotsits.

 
The ever informative Charlene Li has the inside scoop on the new Yahoo email system. Her article should sound warning bells over at Google. Her opinion is that it is 'a vast improvement over Gmail'. Yahoo has however gone down the same route as Google, and the new service is by invitation from Yahoo only. Charlene has however included screenshots for us all to take a look at.

This development doesn't surprise me - Google has Gmail, MSN has Hotmail, so it's logical that Yahoo was going to compete. Seems that they're going to be doing so very well indeed.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

 
Want to see what other librarians and information people are doing with regards best practice?Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki "This wiki was created to be a one-stop-shop for great ideas for librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized."

 
Yahoo! Search - Instant Search is a new wrinkle on search. Well, not that new, but Yahoo! thinks it's doing it better. Basically you type in a search and Yahoo! pops up a little bubble giving you the information that you need, or at least an approximation of it. Follow the link and try London weather for example, and you'll see what I mean.

It's an interesting idea, but it only works for popular queries, which kinda negates its value in many respects. When I tried it for a series of different terms it ignored most of the searches, and got about 60% wrong. Of the others, I was happy with the answers that I got. So I think they have some way to go with the idea. You can try it for yourself, or if you prefer, see what Danny Sullivan says about it, or get Charlene Li's opinion.

 
Truveo Video Search is the latest in what has become a very long line of video search engines. I have to say, it's not bad at all. Search was quick and easy, and the results made it clear where the video clip originated from, and if it was available free or commercially. There's an option to just display free content, which is a good idea, and a safe search filter, which is a requirement, given that some of my (very innocent!) searches did pull up pornography. From the short amount of time I spent looking at it, I'd say it's certainly worth taking a longer look at.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

 
I was really hopeful for SearchWebMedia which styles itself as 'the only search engine to provide both web and multi media search results including music, videos, ringtones and user generated content'. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to live up to its billing. I ran a search for 'Christina Ricci' (my favourite actress) and it only came up with 2 results, and I know for a fact that there are a lot more than that. Worse, they were trailers for films. Worse again, when I tried to view the trailers I got 2 adverts and then.. nothing. I did some other searches as well, and they all linked to commercial products such as albums and films. No news items, nothing. Call me cynical, but it just looks like a poor attempt to make money. I won't be using it again.

 
Online Conversion - Convert just about anything to anything else does pretty much exactly what it says - convert angles, areas, clothing sizes, lengths, temperatures, speeds - just about anything into anything else.

 
Google has got their act together and launched Google Blog Search. It covers 'all blogs', not just those published through Blogger. If you don't like the Google interface there's a Blogger style version too.

All of the usual search operators are supported, but Blog Search has 4 of its own - inblogtitle: inposttitle: inpostauthor: blogurl:

I've played around with it a bit, and it seems fine. If I see anything particularly noteworthy I'll be sure to let you know.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

 
There is an excellent article on Deconstructing Google bombs written by Clifford Tatum which goes into a lot of detail about them, how they work and so on. Worth a read if you want to see how to get Google to do what you want!

 
Right... I think I'm finally sorted on this whole issue now. I went back and looked at some of the other 'hundreds' of articles written by Ash Kawa, such as '7 warning signs of an unprofitable web site', 'You may be losing valuable traffic and not even known it' and several others. For such a prolific writer Mr Kawa doesn't have many pieces available - often the same one is to be found on a variety of sites, most of which point back to the website he is president of (but oddly, on that site, the only references to him are a few articles that have been found elsewhere).

Of the 4 articles that I looked at in detail, older versions are available on the web, written by the deceased Cory Rudl, who died in a car crash in June of this year. Interestingly, all the 'new' pieces, apparently written by Mr Kawa appear after this date.

As I mentioned in my previous entry I thought I might email Mr Kawa and find out the background to all of this, but I could only find one email address, and that doesn't work. Which, if he's the president of a company, and an author of hundreds of articles is a little bit odd, don't you think?

Now of course, I'm not telling you what to think (and of course I could be wrong), but the chronology appears to be:

2000+ Rudl writes a series of articles.
2005 June Rudl dies.
2005 August His articles are appearing under the name of someone else, with minor changes (if at all), and most point back to the Hostforwebsite site.

It's a sad world that we live in.

 
Having a librarians mind and wanting to know things can be a terrible burden at times. I was thinking some more about the article I found How to Protect Your Search Engine Placement by Keeping Up to date on Industry Changes and I got to wondering who wrote it, how long ago and what its history is. I toddled over to Exalead which has a nice sort feature for oldest to newest hits and ran a search for the phrase. Up popped JobsInSports.com which carries the article, only in this version the interesting phrase is 'in June of 2003 alone, 5.5 billion searches were conducted online'. Remember this, we'll be coming back to it. The author of this piece is Corey Rudl. It's also found (without author attribution) on the Abaxe Web Box site and although a date isn't give, it's copyright 2003, and given the reference to June '03, I think it's reasonable to assume it dates back that far.

The article then pops up, without accreditation at AneSite.com and then at Megatonloh which states at the bottom of the article that it can be freely reprinted, as long as the courtesy notice and authors name remains intact. Oddly however the authors name isn't listed anywhere on the page! By the time we get to Make Money Online we still have the 2003 reference and Corey Rudl is back as the author. The date of the page as reported by Exalead is 02 July 2004. Now, that was all that Exalead gave me, but I was pretty sure I'd find some more if I dug a bit further. Google came up with the goods - about 9,300 hits. Given that it was 01.43 when I was looking for this, you'll appreciate that I wasn't going to go through the lot, but just take a few interesting ones.

The first reference in Google was to a site called Searchwarp. Interestingly, the article was added to their site on the 6th September 2005. Most of the content was the same, but we've now got a slightly different quote 'in June of 2005 alone, 10.5 billion searches were conducted online'. The article was submitted by someone called trionet, and the link goes to a website called Hostforwebsite. At the bottom of the article is the statement 'view other articles written by trionet', together with a 'Do not copy' statement.

It also pops up at Articlealley and was posted on 06/09/05, with the author being attributed to Ash Kawa. The June date and 10.5 billion search figures are the same. Now, tracking down Ash Kawa shows that he's the President of Hostforwebsite, and his biography states that he has 'written hundreds of articles specializing in helping people succeed when the competition is tough'.

Moving further down the Google listing, we get the site 'Doing Success', back to the 2003 date and authorship attributed to Corey Rudl again. Another result gives us Marketingtips with a date of October 31st 2003. Another site, the RudlReport also points to Rudl as author, as does another site echievements. I think we're now getting a fair idea, from a number of sites and dates as to where the article did actually originate from. (I'm also missing out a bunch of other sites that also say the same thing.)

However, we then get Free articles zone, which clearly states that Ash Kawa is the author, and we're back to the June 2005 date again. SEO Myths also carry the same article, again by Kawa. Self SEO also attributes it to him as well. Oh, and add in webhosting-articles to that list as well.

Just to confuse the waters even more, I also found the article as the major content in a newsletter produced by Veezit dated 2nd January 2004. This also doesn't state who the original author was, but the slight change in terminology to 'we' does make one think perhaps it was originating from this particular company.

So, there we have it. One article, minor modifications, dating from 2003 until only a few weeks ago, with authorship lets say 'disputed'. In the process of this tiny bit of research it appears that Mr Rudl was killed in a car crash some time ago, so unfortunately I can't ask him about it. I am however tempted to ask Mr Ash Kawa for his opinion of the matter. Anyway, you make up your own minds as to the rights and wrongs of the situation!

 
I've just discovered a little wrinkle with Exalead that I hadn't noticed before. It may mean it's new, or just that I missed it. Underneath the search bar, and so pale that you can hardly see them, are 4 little boxes. You can put shortcuts to four favourite sites in them, and they come up as thumbnails. Helpful I suppose if you want to make their page your start page.

Monday, September 12, 2005

 
I always tell delegates on my courses that they should not believe everything they see on the net, and I've found an example of exactly why you shouldn't. I found an interesting article called How to Protect Your Search Engine Placement by Keeping Up to date on Industry Changes - Self SEO provided by a website called Self SEO.

I was interested at a statement made that said that 5 million pages are added to the net every day. I decided to try and find out a bit more about it, and came across an article in a newsletter published in January 2004. As I read on, I realised that both articles were exactly the same, with the exception that the new one had changed all the dates to make it appear as though it was a brand new article. It also looks as though the 'new' article is ah.. 'written' by someone else as well. So... just because it's on the net (and with a recent date!) doesn't mean that it's accurate information. (Before you ask, I've emailed the original author and suggested they may want to take a look.

Friday, September 09, 2005

 
OK - I think I've seen it all now. Beedogs.com is 'the premier online repository for pictures of dogs in bee costumes. I am, for once, lost for words..... other than 'it's a Friday - enjoy!'

Thursday, September 08, 2005

 
7 Search Engine Optimization Mistakes and Solutions - Self SEO is a good easy and quick article that can be understood by anyone. If you have concerns about your SEO company, read this first, just to make sure they're not pulling the wool over your eyes.

 
Ego searches and RSS is a nice short article that tells you the easy way to see if people are talking about you, your services or particular keywords that interest you. Covers resources such as Google News, Blogpulse, Technorati, Ice Rocket and so on. If you do Current Awareness you need to read this article and put what it says into practice!

 
Link search with Yahoo! and Google is a very useful overview of how to use the syntax correctly to get an accurate result. There are lots of times and reasons for seeing who (and how many!) is linking to your site.

Yahoo has two ways of doing this - linkdomain and link. Link finds all pages that link to the exact page, so link:http://www.philb.com tells me that there are 2,150 links to my home page. (NOTE: you have to put in the http:// or you get zero results, which is a pain.) However, if I want to check to see how many pages link to any page on my site, I need to do linkdomain:www.philb.com which gives me 18,100. (NOTE: you have to leave out the http:// for this search, which is even more of a pain!) However, we still need to go a step further, which is to delete any links that *I* have on my site to other pages on my site. This is where it gets complicated with:
linkdomain:philb.com -link:http://philb.com -link:http://www.philb.com -site:philb.com

I'm not however entirely convinced that this is correct however, since I'd be surprised if I have 6,000 links to myself from my site.

What can I do with Google? link:http://www.philb.com gives me 162 links (remember that Google doesn't count all links, just those ones that it thinks are important.) This doesn't give me an indication of who is linking to individual pages. I can get a slightly better figure by searching for link:http://www.philb.com/ * (you need a space before the trailing * or you get zero hits). Now, that's all well and good, but how do I get rid of hits from my own site? The best I can come up with is a search for:

link:http://www.philb.com -site:http://www.philb.com/


which makes use of the Google site: function. This gives me a total of 208 hits, which is more than I had originally! Clearly more work needs to be done by both search engines to sort this out, because it's a mess, however you look at it.

How does MSN work here? a search for link:http://www.philb.com gives me 2,125 results, as does link:www.philb.com so at least MSN has some consistency here. Until... I put a trailing slash at the end. link:http://www.philb.com/ gives me 2,134 results, while link:www.philb.com/ gives me 2,137 hits. Now lets try and get rid of my own references.
link:www.philb.com/ -http://www.philb.com/ gives me 918 results.
link:http://www.philb.com/ -http://www.philb.com gives me 909 results. Just to make it really messy, if we then search for
link:www.philb.com/ -www.philb.com we get 733 results.

Isn't it wonderful how something so simple gets so complicated and messy so quickly?

 
Interesting pre-print article from the Heinrich-Heine-University, Dusseldorf on how fresh search engine databases are. You can read the entire article, but the bottom line is Google performs best overall with most pages updated on a daily basis, MSN updated all the checked pages within 20 days and Yahoo was 'chaotic'.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

 
FreePint #190 is now available. All the usual goodness, including analysing user behaviour, an article on the 'slow movement' and other interesting reading.

 
Key Website Research Highlights Gender Bias is a very interesting piece of research that should be of interest to everyone. The study, by the University of Glamorgan shows that websites designed by men and women tend to be very different in design, language and content. I have to confess that reading through their description of a male designed website mine fits the bill 100%! Useful reading if you're into webdesign or have an interest in gender studies.

 
Latest edition of Info@UK has now been published. It covers UK national developments and news, International developments and news, EU developments, research and innovation, internet resources, and fun stuff. Link goes to the pdf version, but there's also a word version too.

 
Previewseek is a new search engine (British) that claims to be the world's most advanced search engine. Such a large claim deserves serious consideration... You can search the web, image, video, dictionary or mp3 files. No news or weblogs or RSS feeds though. Results give you a 'refine' feature, a bit like Teoma or Wisenut, a thumbnail shot of the page, like Exalead, fast facts at the top of the page with some searches, a preview feature. You can also save results, have a search folder and a search viewer. All of these are good things, but they don't leap out and say 'this is amazing'. It's pretty much what I'd expect of any good search engine these days. Those don't make it good, they make it high end of average.

There were a few things I didn't like - the family filter default is off, and searches are carried across from one tab to another, so my 'Phil Bradley' search came up with my ah.. rather well endowed namesake porn star from the states. Default really should be off, rather than having to go into advanced search to fix it. No help screens, so no idea of what I can or can't do. I wasn't impressed that they will find a bunch of pages on one site that match the search and display all of those - the first results on a search from my name display all pages from my site, which is nice for me, but not helpful for the searcher. Google stopped doing this years ago, and I rather hoped the practice had died out.

I didn't find the results particularly encouraging either. 'What is the tallest mountain in the world' appears to give a mountain called Dim Sum in China. Other factual questions also didn't fare too well either.

There's nothing wrong with Previewseek at all; it seems to do it's job well enough, and has some nice features - I wouldn't have any problems with using it in the future. However, the claim 'world's most advanced search engine' is IMO rather too strong for a search engine that should earn a B+ at best.

 
If you thought that Google was the almighty search engine around the globe, then think again. It's fighting for a position in Russia, where Yandex dominates with 52%, in comparison to Google's lowly 16%. There are a lot of Russian search engines out there though, and my page of Russian search engines lists over 60. You can read more about the battle in Russia at: Yandex keeps pace up in Russian PPC Market.

 
I found a new link checking tool - it's at Link Advantage. Simply put in your URL, up to 3 comparison URLs and it will quickly spit out the results for Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Teoma. It's easy to use, no advertising, and worth trying.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

 
As you'll know if you read my weblog regularly, I'm always findingnew search engines, but they tend to get swamped with the rest of the entries. Consequently, I've produced a new page that just lists them, together with the review I wrote at the time. It's arranged chronologically, with the newest first. So if you just want to catch up with the new engines, click on the link and take a visit.

 
Multilingual Search to my Bloglines subscription. It's a reference point for search engines and internet statistics worldwide for marketers working globally. Looks good!

 
Interesting post from SearchEngineWatch that suggests Google may be about to increase the size of their index again. Haven't they got the idea yet that it's not actually that important?

Monday, September 05, 2005

 
I've just discovered Pandora, thanks to Robert Scoble. It's very cool. Type in a musician you like, or a group perhaps, and it'll toddle off and find other stuff that you will enjoy listening to.

 
Don't forget Internet Librarian International 2005 which is taking place in London on 10th - 11th October. I'm running a session (Phil's Picks) on the 11th, where I'll be looking at useful websites, resources and utilities. I'm also running a workshop on Sunday 9th on Power Web Searching.

This is always an excellent conference and worth attending. If you can get to it, you won't be disappointed.

 
Search Engine Journal has an interesting article on the way in which children use search engines. It's the kind of article that will interest school librarians and possibly parents as well!

 
Interesting article on library-people who blog. The sample is 60 blogs (including mine), and the author, Walt Crawford has gone through making various comments regarding them. Apparently I'm a frequent poster, but the second most terse writing, with an average of 57 words to a post. Not sure exactly what it means, but it might give you a few more blogs to look at from library people.

Friday, September 02, 2005

 
Want to catalogue your book collection? Well, not if you're working in a library obviously, since that's not a problem. But if you want to catalogue your books at home, try Library Thing which does that. Free for 200 books (that's not a library, that's a shelf!) or 20,000 for a one off $10. You can tag your books and share them, browse other collections. Looks quite nifty!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

 
Technology News, Science News : Best of the Web Survey is, unsurprisingly, a survey for favourite websites. If you feel strongly enough, why not go along and vote?

In the Search category, I've voted for Exalead, which is currently no-where. Interestingly, Yahoo! is pulling in 56% of the votes to far, to Googles 40%.

In work blogs, I'm going for ResourceShelf since it wouldn't be fair to vote for my own (but feel free if you want to vote for me, I won't be offended!) Engadget is currently winning this category with 60% of the votes.

For humour, I'm going with Big-Boys, which always makes me laugh. Most people (60%) are going with The Onion on this one however.

For News, I'm going with the BBC, which only a shocking 5% are also doing - most (51%) are going for Yahoo! News at the moment.

For the people's choice, I'm going to plump for Flickr since I'm increasingly impressed by it.

There are plenty of other categories, but those are my choices.

 
Choosing an RSS Reader is a very helpful article from Chris Sherman. He goes through the major readers, such as Bloglines, FeedDemon, Google Desktop, MSN Start and so on. My personal favourite is still Bloglines, but if you're just starting out, it might be worth having a bit of a play.

 
The Free Dictionary is a useful site if you have an interest in words and phrases. As well as allowing you to search for words in the dictionary, you can also search in Computing, Medical, Legal, Financial dictionaries, Acronyms, the Columbia and Wikipedia encyclopedias. It has sections on 'This day in history', Today's birthday, word of the day, quotation of the day, article of the day and a little quiz. It's a nice site, and worthy of a visit.