The Fat Belly

Over on Om's site, contributor Robert Young mulls the Fat Belly. I like the idea, it sums up nicely the space I think where businesses like FM live. I call it "mid tail" when pressed, but hey, Fat Belly is catchy. I'm going to guess this is a top…

Fat Belly

Over on Om’s site, contributor Robert Young mulls the Fat Belly. I like the idea, it sums up nicely the space I think where businesses like FM live. I call it “mid tail” when pressed, but hey, Fat Belly is catchy. I’m going to guess this is a top Digg today….

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Random Idea/Question: Flickr News?

I am new to Flickr, and have not used it enough to avoid asking stupid questions. But Jeremy's recent post about Burning Man made me wonder. Is there a place where the news is organized via flickr? I'd love to see a site that takes top headlines and showcases…

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I am new to Flickr, and have not used it enough to avoid asking stupid questions. But Jeremy’s recent post about Burning Man made me wonder. Is there a place where the news is organized via flickr? I’d love to see a site that takes top headlines and showcases them via Flickr.

Now, I’m not talking about Top CNN headlines, but rather, top news events that might be big on a site like Flickr. Like Burning Man, or MacWorld, or Web 2.0, or Katrina (that was huge as I recall). I’d love a Flickr front page of news related shots, edited by someone who had a news editor’s sensibility. Does it exist and I’m just a moron? Man, I’d love to check that page everyday.

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Reader Narendra Writes….

Reader Narendra writes: Google has not yet been able to index the 420 million photos that live on Webshots and have a wealth of metadata associated with them. They need to focus on improving their crawling ability and be able to play with large existing systems like Webshots and Flickr…

< ![CDATA[Reader Narendra writes: Google has not yet been able to index the 420 million photos that live on Webshots and have a wealth of metadata associated with them. They need to focus on improving their crawling ability and be able to play with large existing systems like Webshots and Flickr to improve relevance instead of forays into odd and ambiguous user annotation]]>

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Google Image Disambiguator

Why does Google hate the word tag? Google Image Labeler is a good idea but a terrible name – it sounds like a product Dymo might have created. Google has licensed "The ESP Game", invented by Luis von Ahn, and is harnessing collective intelligence to tag images in its…

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Why does Google hate the word tag?

Google Image Labeler is a good idea but a terrible name – it sounds like a product Dymo might have created. Google has licensed “The ESP Game“, invented by Luis von Ahn, and is harnessing collective intelligence to tag images in its image database. This is just an experiment, of course. But it’s a clever one – -if a critical mass of images are tagged, Google will have solved a very intractable problem for itself.

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Google Personalized Search: Who Owns the Profiles?

Continuing on my theme of worrying about the Database of Intentions and its use as a potential privacy trap, Greg Linden reports on insights gleaned from reading a Google paper on Bigtable, a distributed storage system. One tidbit I found curious in the Google Bigtable paper was this hint…

Continuing on my theme of worrying about the Database of Intentions and its use as a potential privacy trap, Greg Linden reports on insights gleaned from reading a Google paper on Bigtable, a distributed storage system.



One tidbit I found curious in the Google Bigtable paper was this hint about the internals of Google Personalized Search:

Personalized Search generates user profiles using a MapReduce over Bigtable. These user profiles are used to personalize live search results.



This appears to confirm that Google Personalized Search works by building high-level profiles of user interests from their past behavior.

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TrackMeNot – I wonder…

This nifty little tool "periodically issues randomized search-queries to popular search engines, e.g., AOL, Yahoo!, Google, and MSN." (via Infoworld) Now, who will be first to make this illegal or against TOS? The search companies, or the government?!…

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This nifty little tool “periodically issues randomized search-queries to popular search engines, e.g., AOL, Yahoo!, Google, and MSN.” (via Infoworld)

Now, who will be first to make this illegal or against TOS? The search companies, or the government?!

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