This is a short video on how to activate Google Social Search. How much you share is up to you, it is a decision that should not be made lightly.
Microsoft has recently come out with its latest attempt at a search engine to counter Google. The result in called Bing. Microsoft insist that it is not a search engine, but a decision engine. It is unclear what the difference is and the name itself leaves a lot to be desire. That being said, Bing is worth a look at and I have add it to my search engine list. If you are on Firefox there is an add on which will adds Bing to your search engine list.
Yesterday I did a news search for the Air France airbus crash and when I searched by time and Bing searches were in order with the most recent one first. Google search by time was slightly out of order. Also on some searches Bing seems to be picking them up faster. On the same API story, Bing had it about 10 minutes ahead of Google. For most people this probably is not that in important. However the closer it gets to real time, the better it is.
Bing image search appears to use Light box or something like it, when you mouse over an image it pops out and gives you the url for the picture. If you click on the image it takes you to the original url and shows related images on the side. You can limit your search by size, black or white or color, whether its a photo or illustration and finally by shape. If you are searching for a person in image search you can easily limit the search to face only or by face and shoulder or everything.
The video search engine is also intriquing. The video are playable simply by mousing over the video. You can also limit the video by length, screen size and resolution. If you only want to search a certain source you can do that to also as long as the source is listed on left hand side. Hopefully, as time goes on they will add more video sources such as Vimeo and Quik, but it is not a bad start. You can also browse for top videos including clips from TV shows, news and music videos . The only thing I have not figured out is how to stop the video once its starts playing. It is a little weak when it comes to maps. The map and the directions themselves are fine. The one thing that Goolge has that makes it better is that it integrates images along with the map. Bing does not do this. The shopping search seems to emphasis the sites which participate in a Cash Back Program, which is not something I am necessarily interested in.
Bing is not a bad search engine. However, other then the video and image special capabilities that I like a lot, there is nothing that will make the average person use it over Google. I also found a couple of glitches while doing some searches. I did a search for Lancaster Central Market. The general search and images all hit the mark. However when I did the same search under video I got videos for a house credit story and several others which had absolutely nothing to do with the Lancaster Central market. Another glitch that was pointed out by the Leo Laporte on Macbreak Weekly is if you do a search for the Palm Pre under related search you get Palm tree items. These are glitches that need to be fixed, but they are to be expected in a beta release.
“We’re trying to develop tools, software tools…that allow people to detect what’s happening with their broadband connections, so they can let [ISPs] know that they’re not happy with what they’re getting — that they think certain services are being tampered with,”
This came from Google senior policy director Richard Whitt the other day. Google seems to have taken a firm stance on what ISP’s are proposing to monitor. And why wouldn’t they? In the end, Google would be the one that takes the hit.
People “Google” over any other search site. If you use Firefox, Opera or Safari, you have the Google search right at the top. For IE users, it’s just a “Change Default” away. If you run a website with Google Adsense, chances are you are using the Google search engine to bring in a little revenue.
If ISP’s start looking at what you do online, then people will stop searching for stuff. Other search sites might pop up to counter the ISP trafficking – masking information so it looks like your searching for flowers when it’s really the Hulk movie. Google will loose it’s 60-70 percent stature in all internet searches.
Now we all know that you should not download software, music or movies. It gets drilled in our heads on a daily basis. While Google is not trying to promote this, they know that if people need something and don’t know where to get it, they will search first. Even if you do know where it is, you still will search for it.
“Feeling Lucky” is Googles’ way of getting you to go through their webpage. According to statbrain.com, there are an average 91,201,253 visits per day. If people stop searching on a popular topic, imagine how that number would drop. If they feel they cannot safely go to the site, they will stop going to the site.
I am not saying this is what drives Google to help with Net Neutrality. However, if I was in the search engine market, I would definitely have a project team watching over these items. Any type of policing like this can really hurt on those who’s life is online.
I don’t torrent nor go to content that could raise a red flag for ISPs. Therefore I would continue to use Google on a constant basis. Even in writing this article I searched on Google about 10 to 12 times. It’s really just a way of life on the internet for me. Before Google (and this dates myself), I was Metacrawling and Dog Piling.
So this brings up the question: Would your internet usage drop if you knew people were watching where you were going?
I’m sure most readers remember the furore that erupted when Google agreed to the censorship demands of the Chinese government when it launched its chinese portal. Their reasoning for doing so was that it was the only way they could get into China and compete in the growing Internet space there. From the market share data that is coming out of China this move has not really allowed them to take over that market, and observational evidence seems to show why.
I am in Singapore at the moment for a company training seminar with colleagues from all over Asia including quite a large Chinese contingent. Sitting at the back of the room I have had a good view of everyones laptop, and the image I keep seeing coming up all the time is
This is what gets displayed when you go to the landing page of the leading Chinese run search engine Baidu. Like Google it is more than just a search engine with other community sites and even an encyclopedia. The company started off as an MP3 search engine, predominantly focused on Chinese artists, and have grown to dominate the Chinese search and ad based search market with around 60% of the market.
My Chinese colleagues (a tech savvy and very geeky crowd) have been occasionally using Google as well, so I had a chat with some of them over drinks last night on what determines which they use. The feeling was that Baidu was simply a better search engine when they wanted to search for something in Mandarin (and in Cantonese as well according to the HK boys) it just understands their search terms better. If they are searching for a term in English though, or some things like image search, Google works better so they use that.
DIfferent languages don’t just have different words, they often have vastly different grammer and sentence structure, I would presume that the issue Google is having is that they are not capturing some of the nuances of the language giving poorer results. The difference in market share is probably partially due to this.
Customized Search and a lot more cool things to come when we get this integrated into our site. This took me 5 minutes to create and should make you think a little about what Google has released here.
This search box will only search the data that is on Blubrry.com, PodcasterNews.com and PodcastPromos.com
It seems like the phone will not quit ringing and when I finally get a chance to look at what has happened in tech in the past 18 hours I about flip out when I see this new service Google has launched.
This new service allows you to include the sites you want included in searches (Awesome) you can place a search result box and search results on your website. It can be branded to look like your own site. And you can make money with revelant ads in your search results.
This thing is gonna change the dynamics of search in a big way. [Google Co-op]
Tired of clicking on a Google Search Results well now you can just call the person that you have found in the search results and talk to a warm body about their service or product. I am not sure I want my phone ringing at 3am from someone complaining about a point of view I have on the website but it is a interesting concept, that I am sure many companies will take advantage of.
And you thought Google Talk was just for calling your friends for free. [Google Click to Call]
The day that companies like technorati, pubsub and feedster feared more than anything is here lets call it “G Day“. Personally I think those companies are now dead meat. I just created a huge number of search terms, and added them to my news aggreator, and I will know in several days how well it works. [google.com/blogsearch]