Washing Out The SOAP

I'm not really very fluent in this stuff, but when Tim Bray worries about it, and then I read this on a site he points to: Forget about the SOAP vs. REST debate for a second, since most of the world doesn’t care. Google’s search API let you send…

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I’m not really very fluent in this stuff, but when Tim Bray worries about it, and then I read this on a site he points to:

Forget about the SOAP vs. REST debate for a second, since most of the world doesn’t care. Google’s search API let you send a search query to Google from your web site’s backend, get the results, then do anything you want with them: show them on your web page, mash them up with data from other sites, etc. The replacement, Google AJAX API, forces you to hand over part of your web page to Google so that Google can display the search box and show the results the way they want (with a few token user configuration options), just as people do with Google AdSense ads or YouTube videos. Other than screen scraping, like in the bad old days, there’s no way for you to process the search results programmatically — you just have to let Google display them as a black box (so to speak) somewhere on your page.

I worry too. What do you think? Is Google killing its SOAP API for business, rather than technical reasons? And will others follow?

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Google and the Entertainment Industry – a Snapshot

Bob Lefsetz at his swearingest best on Google and how it interacts with the entertainment industry. Read the whole thing….

Bob Lefsetz at his swearingest best on Google and how it interacts with the entertainment industry. Read the whole thing.

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Searchmob Roundup

SearchEngineLand Makes Its Traffic Stats Public 5 Ideas Google Could Give Us for Christmas Ask Unveils Beta Design and SERPs Layout Snap Debuts AJAX Image Search Dogpile Releases Lists of Most and Least Searched Terms of 2006…

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SearchEngineLand Makes Its Traffic Stats Public

5 Ideas Google Could Give Us for Christmas

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A Few More Thoughts on Zeitgeist

A few reporters called me about Zeitgiest (WaPo) while I was at the airport yesterday, and talking to them got me thinking about what we see there. The top list is not very revealing, save the instance of "rebelde" – a telenovela – or Radioblog – makes me wonder…

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A few reporters called me about Zeitgiest (WaPo) while I was at the airport yesterday, and talking to them got me thinking about what we see there.

The top list is not very revealing, save the instance of “rebelde” – a telenovela – or Radioblog – makes me wonder what the parameters are for their filtering. Obviously they filtered out sex searches. What else? What was the methodology? Google doesn’t tell us.

Anyway, two other things struck me. One, how big the Web 2 world was. The term Web 2 made one of the lists, and wiki, blog, and podcast did too.

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Skrenta: Google Already Has 70% Market Share

Most share of market reports say Google has somewhere between 45 to 60 percent market share – dominant, but not terrifyingly dominant. Rich Skrenta, who has serious cred in the search world, says he believes it's more like 70 percent. He bases this on referral information from his and…

Most share of market reports say Google has somewhere between 45 to 60 percent market share – dominant, but not terrifyingly dominant. Rich Skrenta, who has serious cred in the search world, says he believes it’s more like 70 percent. He bases this on referral information from his and other major sites (he runs Topix).

What strikes me as a potentially gating to this conclusion is that referrals to major sites does not reflect the entire web of search usage. …but it is striking nonetheless.

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Year End Zeitgeist Up

A for effort in terms of giving us a bit more to grok…. I must say, the amount of info Google knows, versus what it gives back to us, is just silly. Look at this chart of "Dancing With the Stars vs. American Idol vs.Project Runway" All relative values,…

A for effort in terms of giving us a bit more to grok….

I must say, the amount of info Google knows, versus what it gives back to us, is just silly. Look at this chart of “Dancing With the Stars vs. American Idol vs.Project Runway”

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PS – On The Road

PS – I'm on the road – 18 hours each in NY and Chicago. Way too many folks I want to see, but too little time to do it all. Posting to resume when I get home…….

PS – I’m on the road – 18 hours each in NY and Chicago. Way too many folks I want to see, but too little time to do it all. Posting to resume when I get home….

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“Cingular to Let…”

So, read this headline from I Want Media, and tell me what's deeply wrong with it: Cingular Plan to Let Users Post to MySpace Blogs Cingular Wireless customers will be able to access the content from MySpace, under a new plan. Cingular cellphone customers will be able to post…

So, read this headline from I Want Media, and tell me what’s deeply wrong with it:

Cingular Plan to Let Users Post to MySpace Blogs



Cingular Wireless customers will be able to access the content from MySpace, under a new plan. Cingular cellphone customers will be able to post to their MySpace blogs while also sending and receiving e-mail. Cellphones are more and more becoming mini-entertainment devices.

Yep. The whole “Cingular to Let…” concept. I mean, my God. Since when do I give a shit about what Cingular will or will not let me do? It’s so damn typical of gatekeeper distributors. Ugh. MySpace best beware. Cutting too many of these deals with the dumbass devil, and the folks who made you # 1 will abandon you for someone who understands the value of open networks.

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NASA-Google, Flying High Again

Although the cooperative partnership between Google and NASA, first announced in September 2005, quickly faltered on initial setbacks, today the two institutions announced the relationship was indeed secure and that their joint efforts would be publicly announced 'soon.' The first partnership project will involve making NASA data available online….

Picture 1-35Although the cooperative partnership between Google and NASA, first announced in September 2005, quickly faltered on initial setbacks, today the two institutions announced the relationship was indeed secure and that their joint efforts would be publicly announced ‘soon.’

The first partnership project will involve making NASA data available online. From Cnet:

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a statement that “soon” there will be Google Earth flyovers available for the surfaces of Mars and the moon. Additional data will include real-time weather forecasting and visualization, as well as tracking of the International Space Station and space shuttle activity.

Other noncommittal hints even alluded to a possible NASA-Google joint space mission.

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