Spam, Spam. Sigh.

I have to turn off comments for a while, I am afraid.I can't watch the site every hour of the day, and the comment spammers are winning. I've even got trackback spam. MT Blacklist is not working for some reason, and I've got to figure it out. Sorry about that….

I have to turn off comments for a while, I am afraid.I can’t watch the site every hour of the day, and the comment spammers are winning. I’ve even got trackback spam. MT Blacklist is not working for some reason, and I’ve got to figure it out. Sorry about that. But I suggest that if you have comments, perhaps do what Dave suggests, assuming you’ve got a blog – ping me. The trackbacks will show through (and there is less of that kind of spam), and if enough do, then I’ll enable the same kind of approach as boing boing takes.

UPDATE: Got MT working again. It was choking on the amount of incoming spam. Will keep comments open till…next time.

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Yow.

Gary Price noticed that when you search for "behead berg" Google brings up a sponsored link for someone who is selling the video (it didn't come up for me, but I imagine there is only so much inventory the guy wanted to buy). It feels just like a porn site….

bergGary Price noticed that when you search for “behead berg” Google brings up a sponsored link for someone who is selling the video (it didn’t come up for me, but I imagine there is only so much inventory the guy wanted to buy). It feels just like a porn site. It’s a sign of how we are not quite sure how we feel about watching this video that Google has not put this site on its “bad” list, alongside the t-shirt vendors and the environmentalists (the porn sites *are not* on the bad list…nor do I think they should be…).

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Search, R.I.P.?

Danny Sullivan today writes something of an obit for the brief, glorious phase of Internet industry development in which search played a starring role. Danny has always warned that Google was on track to become a portal in the classic sense, but I think the recent AdSense news, in which…

rip.gifDanny Sullivan today writes something of an obit for the brief, glorious phase of Internet industry development in which search played a starring role. Danny has always warned that Google was on track to become a portal in the classic sense, but I think the recent AdSense news, in which Google essentially proclaimed itself a massively parallel ad agency, and the Google Groups news, where Google is playing catch up with Yahoo, has pushed him over the edge. Yahoo’s comments yesterday during an analyst meeting didn’t help – the company stressed that it was “much more than a search engine” – this after a year in which it focused almost entirely on earning cred in the search field.

Becoming a media player did make great sense for Google. It was a natural move to leverage the large advertising base it has. But its role in placing ads on sites across the web has nothing — absolutely nothing — to do with organizing information. ….

…”More than a search engine.” It’s almost unbelievable to hear those words spoken, especially from Yahoo, which over the past year has been desperately trying to resurrect its image as a search engine. While I’ve yet to hear Google utter those exact words, its actions speak them loudly.

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Da Vinci: “Hey Googlio, how the hell do I get to Rome?”

You come across some funny shit doing research on the web. Florence, Italy – Historians have found convincing evidence that Leonardo da Vinci developed the first search engine. Recently uncovered Da Vinci diaries describe how he collaborated with his neighbor, Googlio, to enable a renaissance in searching…. … In another…

googlioYou come across some funny shit doing research on the web.

Florence, Italy – Historians have found convincing evidence that Leonardo da Vinci developed the first search engine. Recently uncovered Da Vinci diaries describe how he collaborated with his neighbor, Googlio, to enable a renaissance in searching….


In another chapter, da Vinci recounts how he asked Googlio to find him “a babe with a mysterious and captivating smile.” Googlio produced a list of women ranked by their standing in Florentine society. Googlio began working for da Vinci full time. Da Vinci supplemented his income by selling the contents of the genius’ searches.

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Jeremy on LinkSpam

Jeremy has an idea for Scott and Dave….I agree with the implied business context – that there is a business to be made in providing services like link spam blocking to serious bloggers. I'd pay a monthly fee for such a service….

Jeremy has an idea for Scott and Dave….I agree with the implied business context – that there is a business to be made in providing services like link spam blocking to serious bloggers. I’d pay a monthly fee for such a service.

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Zeitgeist: War Beats Britney

As ClickZ points out, the Lycos 50 shows that searchers got serious last week, with war-related searches (Nick Berg in particular) beating the usual fluffernutter of Paris, Britney, and Clay by a huge margin – 12 times, Lycos reports….

As ClickZ points out, the Lycos 50 shows that searchers got serious last week, with war-related searches (Nick Berg in particular) beating the usual fluffernutter of Paris, Britney, and Clay by a huge margin – 12 times, Lycos reports.

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Fast and Furious Comes the News

Used to be, they did one thing, and one thing well. But, the world has changed. And Google has had to respond, yet continue to innovate, defend, as well as declare. Welcome to the second inning. Play Ball! (too cryptic?! Pray for me to finish this fucking book.)…

Used to be, they did one thing, and one thing well. But, the world has changed. And Google has had to respond, yet continue to innovate, defend, as well as declare. Welcome to the second inning. Play Ball!

(too cryptic?! Pray for me to finish this fucking book.)

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Terms of Service and the Clickstream: A Survey

As I muddle my way through yet another iteration of my outline, and think about the issues raised in my recent ephemeral/eternal post, it seems apparent to me that as a culture we are nowhere near consensus on what rights, if any, a person has with regard to the data…

TOSAs I muddle my way through yet another iteration of my outline, and think about the issues raised in my recent ephemeral/eternal post, it seems apparent to me that as a culture we are nowhere near consensus on what rights, if any, a person has with regard to the data we create and/or provide to third party applications like A9, Gmail, Plaxo, and the like. Clearly we are touchy about all of this, as the reaction to Gmail proves. In the process of my research, I started reading the terms of service and privacy policies for various services, and found them inconsistent, often vague, and in general difficult to understand.

Now, I know there is a vocal contingent of folks who believe that we should simply assume we have no privacy online, and assume the quid pro quo for any service that we use is loss of control over the metadata/personal information we create along the way. I certainly understand this line of thinking, but…it strikes me as a cop out. In the end, I’d warrant that business models are going to evolve to the point where services will spring up that offers consumers access to their own clickstreams in new and powerful ways, and I’m going to predict that we will want that access as a right. I’d prefer we not have early lockdown on this issue, if we can at all avoid it.

The nice thing about doing a book is that people help you. I have had and continue to have help from a lot of smart folks, and one of them is Abigail Phillips, a lawyer who has worked with the CDT and the Berkman Center. Abigail is helping me pull together a little research project that will compare the policies of several well known platform players as they relate to what I’m calling “clickstream/stored information” – the data exhaust we all create when we interact with web-based services.

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Google Is A Yugo

OK, I know, I'm supposed to be writing. But when IBM takes a shot like this across Google's bow, I have to point it out. Ben Elgin, of Businessweek, heads down to WebFountain (yes, that WebFountain) and interviews the two chief geeks. During the course of the interview, Elgin…

gruhl OK, I know, I’m supposed to be writing. But when IBM takes a shot like this across Google’s bow, I have to point it out. Ben Elgin, of Businessweek, heads down to WebFountain (yes, that WebFountain) and interviews the two chief geeks. During the course of the interview, Elgin asks if Google and WebFountain are similar. Dan Gruhl, WebFountain’s chief architect, answers:

We crawl continuously. We look to be updating our store [of information] within 20 minutes of when a page [on some other Web site] changes. We’d be happy to answer two or three questions per minute that are very complex and change how business works. That’s a very different target market. It’s kind of like saying: Yeah, strictly speaking a Rolls Royce Phantom and Yugo are both cars. But the fact is, they’re serving very different markets.

Oh my. I sense a certain frustration with all the attention those folks up in Mountain View have been getting lately.

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