Kjell Gunnar Bleivik January 16 2012. May be updated with additional information.
I found a new social search engine, Topsy that should interest some readers. It has a lot of nice features, among other things a option to search for tweets. Note that you can register. There is some related information:
Kjell Gunnar Bleivik March 9 2011. May be updated with additional information.
It is well known that since the turn of the year Google has announced that sites with shallow content,
socalled content farms, will be hit in the future. Now the rumor has become a reality, and don't think
that the search engine wars are over.
The battle isn't for the hearts and minds of the public; It is for the heart and soul of the internet - a battle to put "content farms" in their place and suffocate sites which, due to creative SEO, somehow manage to appear higher in search results than the original sites whose content they are re-blogging or flat-out stealing.Source: Staving off the search war apocalypse
And these algorithmic twists or changes have had monetary implications. It is estimated that $1 billion will be redistributed across the online publishing industry. Some companies have had to lay off some of its workforce. As always, there will be loosers and winners. Here are some related sources:
Kjell Gunnar Bleivik June 7 2010. May be updated with additional information. Updated august 31 2010.
Based on these observations, I will conclude that there is a non-linear time signal in the algorithms of
search engines that may dominate the other signals as long as the discussed topic is hot.
A scientific hypothesis testing may start with observations. The requirements of scientific testing are strict and we shall not report them here, but mention two sources:the log normal distribution as an example of how I mean to have identified time dependent signals that are treated non-linearily in the search
If you look at the graph of the log normal distribution, where x represent time, you will observe a fast increase and then a slower decrease like those observed in momentum curves. This illustrates the non-linear time effect I have personally observed on the SERPs. For example when a topic that is discussed on a forum is hot, this non-linear effect may be the dominant element in the SERP algorithm and the forum thread, blog post or discussion is brought to the first position on the SERPs. It stays in the top position as long as the topic is hot and then it gradually finds its natural position on the SERP pages where the time element is not longer important. Based on these observations, I will conclude that there is a non-linear time signal in the algorithms of search engines that may dominate the other signals as long as the discussed topic is hot.
Kjell Gunnar Bleivik August 21 2009. May be updated with additional information.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. The future of search may be a combination of art and science.
Search engine bots and web crawlers crawl the world wide web 7 days a week and 24 hours a day for news, new subjects and information on new sites. So long key word search has been the dominating technology. Now there seem to be an ongoing competition between the highly respected company Wolfram Research and the most popular search engine Google. See the videos and articles below.
Wolfram will make knowledge computable and Google will extract and present data in a spread sheet (square matrix) format. Google has also announced a new version of Google Search that is in Beta stage when this article is written.
A web page or document is a tag soup that can be viewed in the ordinary way or as markup from the view + source menu in your browser. The W3C's Document Object Model (DOM), a language independent platform, is basically an object oriented representation of your document. Every element in your X(HT)ML document is represented by an object in that document's DOM tree. The tree structure is called a node-tree. This object oriented presentation of the document opens a whole new world of opportunities. You can set the objects as properties in new classes (objects). Then it is up to your imagination how you will "compute" and present information. Some years agoI wrote a matrix class in C++ using templates. There are some good classic literature references there like Andrew Koenig's "Templates and generic algorithms" written in the june 1994 issue of the Journal of object oriented programming (JOOP). There are two related articles by the same author that is not mentioned there:
Generics is a very strong form of polymorphism
since it can be used to parameterize code.
Combined with AJAX, the XMLHttpRequest Object and other web application technologies the web's search space should grow in dimension and depth and the way search results are presented is up to your fantasy. As Einstein once said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge". The future of search may be a combination of art and science. We list two simple examples of what is possible by DOM manipulating this: simple static table
There is nothing different if the cells of this table are links or other X(HT)ML elements or text snippets
produced e.g. by the DOM method:
David A. Grossman:(2004): Information Retrieval: Algorithms and Heuristics (The Information Retrieval Series)(2nd Edition)
Bing Liu:(2008) Web Data Mining: Exploring Hyperlinks, Contents, and Usage Data (Data-Centric Systems and Applications)
Michael Schrenk:(2007) Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers: A Guide to Developing Internet Agents with PHP/CURL
- Google:::Google in 1998
- Google:::About Google Instant
- my.Opera:::How to make Google Instant work in Opera
- WPW::: Still not evil: Instant search a natural next step after Caffeine, but
- Twingine: Compare Yahoo and Google SERPs
- Twingine: Compare Bing and Google SERPs
- Google-Watch:::Google's monopoly, algorithms, and privacy policies
- Google Blog:::New search features
- WolframAlpha:::Making the world's knowledge computable
- SE Journal:::Wolfram Alpha Reports on What it Has Achieved So Far
- Embarcadero Dn:::Related subject
- WebProWorld:::Google - You can still sleep well.
- Bing Liu:::Evaluations of Search Engines: Google, Yahoo! and Live (MSN)
- Bing Liu:::Google vs. Bing vs. Yahoo!
- PIPER July 98::: Evaluation of Search Engines
- University of Manitoba::: Evaluation of Internet Searching and Search Engines.
- TechCrunch:::What is Google Squared? It Is How Google Will Crush Wolfram Alpha.
- TechCrunch:::Is Keyword Search About to Hit Its Breaking Point?
- TechCrunch:::Microsoft's Bing Logo Leaked By Way Of Favicon?
- Bing Community::Bringing a Bit of Twitter to Bing
- BusinessWeek:::Bing: Not Really Gaining on Google
- ReadWriteWeb:::Interview with Google's Matt Cutts about Next-Generation Search
- engadget:::Steve Jobs and Bill Gates: Historic discussion live from D 2007
- search engine land:::Live Blogging Google Searchology 2009
- InformIT:::Predictions for 2018
- ReadWriteWeb:::Google's Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years
- WebMasterWorld:::Google's Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years
SurfToolbar is a meta search engine and a colletion of international and regional links to:
- Search engines,
- meta search engines,
- other search resources and
- some important articles and papers
- Mtt Cutts: Expect Caffeine after the holidays
- Sabrina I. Pacifici: Competitive Intelligence - A Selective Resource Guide - Updated and Revised October 2009
- Google Webmaster Central Blog: Help test some next-generation infrastructure
- Monica Peshawe: How search engines work and a web crawler application
- Dreilinger and Howe: Experiences with selecting searh engines using metasearch
- Funkhauser " al.: A search engine for 3D Models
- Glossary of SE terms and SEO: SearchEngine Dictionary
- Stanford University US: Combating web spam with TrustRank
- Sergy Brin and Lawrewnce Page: The anatomy of a large-scale hypertextual web search engine
- Top article: Google Revealed: The IT Strategy That Makes It Work
- WebProWorld: Google adds the "Suggestion box" to the homepage
- Making searching even easier: Google Guide
- Google Guide: Search operators
- Google Guide: Advanced operators guide
- Search Engines: WebSearchWorkshop
- John Battelle: The birth of Google
- SearchengineHistory: History of SE's
- Google Blogoscoped: Evolution of a SE.
- BruceClay: SE Relationship Chart.
- iHelpYou: SE partnership Chart.
- Search-This: Search engine decoder.
- Ezine Articles: Improve SE Ranking.
- Wired: The end of theory: The data deluge makes the scientific method obsolete.
- WebProWorld: Ignore the misunderstandings that have produced the present world..
- WebMasterWorld: Changing the Way We Do Science - with Google Software.
- cent: Google's open-source Android now actually open