Froogle’s Product Reviews

As many have noted, Froogle has begun to aggregate snippets of product reviews from the web at large. This marks the Google News-ification of Froogle. When will the service jump the shark and start making money on vigs from sales? Or will it? Will publishers like Cnet revolt? Wait,…

FrooglereviewsAs many have noted, Froogle has begun to aggregate snippets of product reviews from the web at large. This marks the Google News-ification of Froogle. When will the service jump the shark and start making money on vigs from sales? Or will it? Will publishers like Cnet revolt? Wait, here’s Cnet coverage…

The service, which is similar to the company’s aggregated site for news around the Web, highlights Google’s ambition to bring more content to its own site with the use of its “spidering” technology.

Huh. “Bring more content.” That’s an interesting way to put it. Indeed.

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Job Search, Indeed

Indeed.com is a new service which scrapes jobs from scores of services and then wraps a familiar interface around the entire thing – a search interface. I like the ability to refine searches and the ability to search by region. It's fun to play around with. Needs to deal…

Indeed

Indeed.com is a new service which scrapes jobs from scores of services and then wraps a familiar interface around the entire thing – a search interface. I like the ability to refine searches and the ability to search by region. It’s fun to play around with. Needs to deal with the duplication issue, as this search for “blogger” shows, but it supports RSS and you can sort by date. Neat. The site’s founders have a (nascent) blog as well.

Update: Paul Forster, one of the founders, tells me of the business model the site will pursue:

“We’ll start with a contextual advertising system similar to Google
Adwords or Overture. We won’t be accepting payments for improved job
positioning in our main search results and our paid ads will be clearly distinguished from our main search results”

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On Desktop Search

Gary/Search Engine Watch has posted a review of Ask's new desktop search tool, and reading it reminded me of a conversation I had with Ask's Jim Lanzone earlier today. Jim was a bit crabby – after all, Ask bought Tukaroo a long time ago and deserves credit for seeing…

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Gary/Search Engine Watch has posted a review of Ask’s new desktop search tool, and reading it reminded me of a conversation I had with Ask’s Jim Lanzone earlier today. Jim was a bit crabby – after all, Ask bought Tukaroo a long time ago and deserves credit for seeing the importance of the space way back then. However, as he pointed out, desktop search is simply one arrow that has to be in every serious search players’ quiver, so it’s not that big a deal that everyone hustled to get on board. He has a point. The torrent of news has all of us atwitter about desktop search, but in the end, it’s simply another necessary building block toward good search services.

And, by the way, I got pinged by the folks at Lycos, who want to remind us all that they were in this game really early….with a HotBot desktop search tool.

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Get Yer Traffic Reports Here…

Yahoo's been busy, today it also announced that it is overlaying traffic data on top of its Maps product. The picture shows get from my house to Yahoo, with traffic highlights. This is a capability that John Hanke showed with Keyhole at Web 2.0, so I expect we'll see…

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Yahoo’s been busy, today it also announced that it is overlaying traffic data on top of its Maps product. The picture shows get from my house to Yahoo, with traffic highlights.

This is a capability that John Hanke showed with Keyhole at Web 2.0, so I expect we’ll see something similar from Google shortly…Release in extended entry.

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Yahoo Video Search, Second Day

So word is out on Yahoo's video search, many have noted its similarity to previous incarnations from Yahoo acquisitions alltheweb and AltaVista. A post on Yahoo's Search Blog clarifies that those sites now have Yahoo's video search improvements rolled in, so the new product is in fact an improved…

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So word is out on Yahoo’s video search, many have noted its similarity to previous incarnations from Yahoo acquisitions alltheweb and AltaVista. A post on Yahoo’s Search Blog clarifies that those sites now have Yahoo’s video search improvements rolled in, so the new product is in fact an improved version. The original post on the video beta release is here.

What I find interesting about this new product is the extensions Yahoo is proposing for RSS – “Media RSS.” With it, Yahoo is attempting to address a major problem with indexing video – that of metadata, or more directly, the lack thereof. From Jeremy’s post:

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Search Paper Fun: Most Cited

I sent a query to Lee Giles, the guru at Penn State behind CiteSeer (with Steve Lawrence, who is now at Google) asking him which search-related papers are the most cited. I was struck by the near parity between Page and Brin's original paper on Google and Jon Kleinberg's…

Scholar LogoI sent a query to Lee Giles, the guru at Penn State behind CiteSeer (with Steve Lawrence, who is now at Google) asking him which search-related papers are the most cited. I was struck by the near parity between Page and Brin’s original paper on Google and Jon Kleinberg’s paper on Hubs and Authorities. Giles did a bit of fiddling with Google Scholar and responded:

For web related work these are well cited in the Google Scholar using the query “web”:

 PDF] The Semantic Web

T Berners-Lee, J Hendler, O Lassila – View as HTML – Cited by 1347

… May 17, 2001. The Semantic Web. A new form of Web content that is meaningful to

computers will unleash a revolution of new possibilities. … Web: A Research Agenda. …

Scientific American, 2001 – www-personal.si.umich.edu

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Yahoo Video Search

Sigh. Again, I find myself in this odd space. I'm under embargo on this information (Yahoo briefed me and others), but a reader just sent me this link out of the blue (my readers are so damn dialed in, first Google Library, now this…). So you guys go look…

YahoovideosearchSigh. Again, I find myself in this odd space. I’m under embargo on this information (Yahoo briefed me and others), but a reader just sent me this link out of the blue (my readers are so damn dialed in, first Google Library, now this…). So you guys go look for yourselves, please comment here as to what you think, and I’ll write about this on Thursday, as I have holiday stuff to do tonight and can’t write it up now. Yahoo Video Search.

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Google Wins Key Portion of Geico Case

Reuters just came out with this: ALEXANDRIA (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a key element of insurer GEICO's trademark infringement case against online search engine Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) . U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled that there was not enough evidence of trademark…

Reuters just came out with this:

ALEXANDRIA (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a key element of insurer GEICO’s trademark infringement case against online search engine Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) .

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled that there was not enough evidence of trademark violation to bar Google from displaying rival insurers when computer users search the word “GEICO.”

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