Smarter Search

Alchemy of Change

A couple quick things to point out on Google’s search capabilities these days, that are also some interesting hints at where search is going. The first is a new “ sort by subject &# feature, which lets you organize your results on image searches based on categories.

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Google Tiers Search into the Global, Social and Personal

Alchemy of Change

By connecting Google+ to search, Google is tiering web search into three, very useful, layers: global search, social search and personal search. Connection Technologies Contextual Computing Google Google Search Plus Your World personal search search social search

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3 Ways Google Search is impacted by #SocialMedia & #GooglePlus

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Does Google Plus make a difference to Google Search? How do social reviews online change search? If your customers find you by searching on Google, you might want to consider these three points: Where are the Plumbers WITHOUT a Google Plus Page?

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Peoplebrowsr: How to search Twitter bio profiles

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Ever wondered how to search the Bio fields for someone in Twitter? How to search Twitter profiles? Nothing to do with Peoplebrowsr search though. Technorati Tags: friend , peoplebrowsr , search bio , search profile , stranger , twellow , Twitter.

The Evolution of Site Search

Portals and KM

Site search is becoming more than a means to increase website traffic. Now 40% of content and collaboration professionals see the feature primarily as a tool to improve customer self-service, according to a new Forrester report, Site Search Evolves from Technical Feature to Customer Touchpoint , by Leslie Owens with Stephen Powers and Anjali Yakkundi. They need to move the search functionality from a siloed activity to a cross-functional search partnership.

Forrester's Leslie Owens Covers Enterprise Search

Portals and KM

 (Leslie’s expertise includes: enterprise search, semantic tools, information classification, and taxonomies and I have covered her work before (see for example, Forrester on Enterprise Search Trends ). We also briefly touched on some of the current trends in enterprise search. Custom searches for call center agents bring in relevant content from diverse sources. There is also much work being done in federated search going across structured and unstructured data.

My Dirty Little Secrets of Search

Online Social Networking

Search engine optimization professionals usually have a few tricks up their sleeves. Hopefully, Google’s new algorithm will improve its search performance and deliver traffic to deserving websites. My Dirty Little Secrets of Search and Website Traffic.

SEO vs SMO and how to TURN OFF Google Social Media Optimization

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Search Engine Optimization has been hijacked by your friends and family (Social Media Optimization) and that’s a good thing. If my results look like this already (see below) what will our search results look like in a year?

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Findability — Search and Social — and Your Web Presence

Online Social Networking

Findability is people’s ability locate and engage with your web content through a combination of search and social mechanisms. And findability convergence is interaction you create and synergy you foster between search and social strategies and techniques.

Three Networking Types: People You’ll Meet while Searching For Your Next Job

Partnering Resources

But we do use our networks for job searching and, in this guest post by Irene Brank, we learn about three types of people that we meet while networking for a new job. They offer ideas for your search.

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Results for Using Search Queries for Future Predictions are Mixed

Portals and KM

The MIT Technology Review recently reported on Future Gazing with Search Data in an interesting article by Katharine Gammon. She notes that computer scientists have praised Web-search data as a way to spot emerging trends. For example, Erik Brynjolfsson , director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, says that Web search queries provide the most accurate predictions in cases where people do research before they make a purchase.

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Looking at the Toyota Recall Through the Darwin Awareness Engine™ and Google Search and News

Portals and KM

Here is an example of how the Darwin Awareness Engine™ can uncover breaking news stories and the shortcomings of traditional search for this task.    Now search is great when you know what you are looking for and I use Google search every day for this purpose.

Is the Influence of Search Engine Rankings Over Our Content Access a Good Thing?

Portals and KM

Dick Singer recently wrote the post, Pay Attention to Search Engine Rankings: Top 3 Spots on Google Get 58% of Clicks , on Social Media Today.  If you do a Google search on the term – awareness engine – you will find the Darwin Awareness Engine™ generally in the top six spots. To a certain extent it has but you still need to find things and search engine algorithms are the new scribe’s pen that stands between you and the ability to get ideas noticed.

Place is a Tag: How Your Phone Should Work

Alchemy of Change

Get ready for the geo-tag - and a revolution in the way you use your phone to search the places around you! Diigo geo-tag geoloqi Google Google Maps GPS iPhone local meridian search semantic Wikipedia Windows PhoneContextual Computing Local Android crowd-source

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Enabling Gladwell's Blink - Look Don't Search

Portals and KM

The act of collecting more and more information is too often just a search for facts that reinforce assumptions made. The mantra of the Awareness Engine is to look, not search.

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Search vs Discovery – Finding Useful Content

Portals and KM

Search and discovery are both useful ways to find useful content. Everyone knows about search. As Romain Goday wrote in Search vs Discovery (Or A New Approach to Information Consumption) , “Search has boomed in the last decade, more than 130 billion searches were conducted during 2010.”. While search provides an answer to a question you already know. They do not replace search they provide another line of inquiry into what is happening on the Web.

Fascinating Social Media and SEO Case Study

Online Social Networking

My strategies include search engine optimization , social bookmarking , business networking and email campaigns , as well. Search traffic for Gevril Group related keywords grew from 51 to 343 monthly as the company became better known.

LinkedIn Signal New Twitter Business Search Engine

Online Social Networking

LinkedIn users will be able to search Twitter using keywords and filter the results by degree of connection, industry, company, time posted, region, school and hashtags. LinkedIn Signal will make LinkedIn the Twitter search engine of choice for business users.

Social Media Flies Past Email and Search for Web Usage

Portals and KM

I can remember when Email and Search were the top two in Web usage (aside from porn). Email now comes in third at 7/6% and search is a distance sixth at 4.0%. Minutes on site also under-reports search, as it is not a destination site. Of course, I can remember when there was no Web. Times have changed. Ross Dawson recently shared (on his blog) a new Nielsen report with detailed statistics on online activity that I learned about from his Twitter feed. 

Find Twitter followers by location 2011

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

So find LismoreHairSalon or something similar by doing a normal search. Twitter users by location – Twitter Search. You should get a page like this: search by location. External resources: There are other sites that let you search for users by location.

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Can a high school drop-out find a job with Net-Map?

Net-Map Toolbox

career coaching case studies Other people''s work personal development Social Networks Uncategorized bad influence Career Coaching case study counseling empowerment high school drop-out job search minimum wage teenager (Picture copyright Lydia on flickr).

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My KM World 2010 and Enterprise Search Summit 2010 Notes: Complete Listing

Portals and KM

Here is a listing of the series of session notes for  KM World 2010  and  Enterprise Search Summit 2010. Thomas Vander Wal: Designing Social Search in the Enterprise. Daniel Rasmus: The Evolution of Search. Seth Grimes: Search for Sentiment. Peter Morvile: Search Patterns: Making Maps for Knowledge Discovery.  It was a great and it was tough to determine which sessions to record. I tried to pick a cross section of topics.

Twitter Search #myonlineorigins

Nancy White

So I was tickled to be led to Twitter / Search – #myonlineorigins. I’m always interested in where people started in their “practice&# no matter what the practice. What are your online origins? Photo Credit: quapan.

The Search for Better Web Analytics

Online Social Networking

In search of better web analytics, I have tried other service providers. Understanding your blog or website traffic requires more than merely counting your visitors.

Blog>> Breaking the Curse of Automagical Search

Green Chameleon

Our friend Maish Nichani has done it again with this elegantly stated piece on breaking the curse of “automagical” search. It contains my quote of the week: “When thinking about search, it is better to think of ROI not as return-on-investment but return-on-information.”


In search for reflection formats that fit


I guess I’m actually searching for a format for a regular written reflection that goes deep enough and that is possible given existing pockets of solo time as well as the energy level during those. When I stopped working, one of the things I wanted was about doing more non-digital, observable things. In other words – living a life that could be more easily shared with children, because they can observe and participate.

Soul searching


While going through the hard times of finishing my PhD dissertation I joked about the time after it, suggesting that I might go into the symptoms similar to the people who retire and don’t know what to do with their life then. Well, I should know better what to joke about :). Now, waiting for the PhD committee to react on my work and preparing for the PhD defense I see shrunken horizons expand: once the PhD is in the past and I’m free to do whatever I want to do, what that would be?

Collaborative Thinking: Delver - Social Search As Another Relevancy Filter

Collaborative Thinking

Delver supports a spirit of open interchange where the wisdom of a person’s social network can contribute to that individual’s search success. Existing search engines do not account for who a person is and what that person’s network finds valuable.

Twitter as Search Engine or Community Seed

Nancy White

Twitter as a search engine. But I never really conceptualized it as search. First, I searched for something for me. But you have to have a question in mind to make the search meaningful beyond curiosity. Do you use Twitter as a search engine?

In search of germs

Joitske Hulsebosch

Though a lot of people are searching for 'how to facilitate a CoP' there were also some people with interesting experiences.

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social search ecology

Taming the spaces

Ecology of social search for learning resources. In this paper they use attention metadata to model the ecology of social search. An interesting part of the paper summarizes new search options : Explicit search : comprises the traditional search box with text and filtering options based on multilingual metadata. Personal search : Looking for bookmarks from one’s own personal collection of bookmarks.

Expanding Web Search Part One: Focused Search-Based Applications

Portals and KM

This is the first of a two part series on how the boundaries of search are being pushed beyond the familiar Google style broad Web search. Tomorrow I will discuss real time search. I have written about them before (see Exalead's CloudView Offers Integrated Search Capabilities).

Future of Search?

Portals and KM

Greg Papadopoulo s, CTO of Sun Microsystems, said that now we’re impressed when Google searches a sea of information for us in mere seconds but we should be dissatisfied with this mode of search. In the future, he said, search will be done for us. Every electronic device we buy will connect to a network and our search results will be based on things like our location to our preferences and past behaviors.

How-to Guides>> Behind the Curtain: Understanding the Search and Discovery Technology Stack

Green Chameleon

“Automagicality” has been one of the banes of knowledge management, and specifically within that, understanding the technologies that go into an effective search and discovery experience, and how different technologies can be combined. Here’s an extended piece describing the elements of the search and discovery stack, and how they work individually and in concert, encompassing search, taxonomy management and text analytics for machine aided classification of content.

Blog>> Cross-Post: Behind the Curtain: Understanding the Search and Discovery Technology Stack

Green Chameleon

“Automagicality” has been one of the banes of knowledge management, and specifically within that, understanding the technologies that go into an effective search and discovery experience, and how different technologies can be combined. Here’s an extended piece describing the elements of the search and discovery stack, and how they work individually and in concert, encompassing search, taxonomy management and text analytics for machine aided classification of content.

Collaborative Thinking: Augmenting Search Via Tags & Bookmarks

Collaborative Thinking

Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « Microsoft UC (OCS) Presentations and Demos | Main | Videos from ODC 2008 » February 22, 2008 Augmenting Search Via Tags & Bookmarks Worth reading (via ReadWriteWeb ): This leads to the big question: what will be the next big thing that substantially improves search quality? As a result, in the paper below , we ask the question: "Can Social Bookmarking Improve Web Search?"

10 Tips for LinkedIn Social Networking

Online Social Networking

Employ keywords that are relevant to your work when crafting your profile, so that you and your profile can appear in search results. Social networking sites have each a unique protocol and don’t usually provide members with practical how-to advice to help use their sites effectively.

My Top 10 Social Media Sites

Online Social Networking

They’re social media sites I find the most pleasurable to use and that fit in some way into my search and social strategy. My top 10 social media sites nicely complement all of my blogging and search engine optimization efforts.

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Specialized Search is a Next Big Move for Search

Portals and KM

I have been discussing specialized search a bit (for example, see: Will Yahoo's Changing Search Strategy Cause it to Pick Up Niche Services? ). As reported by Venture beat , Google is planning to launch a music search service with music sites Lala and MySpace-owned iLike, according to multiple reports. Of course, Google offers other specialized search services such as blogs. Specialized search can get you there faster.

How to Keyword Focus Your Website or Blog for Better SEO

Online Social Networking

You can create content haphazardly, or you can laser focus your web content to advance your site in the search engines. Search engines index web pages individually. For example, your company name is probably a low volume search term, but it’s meaningful to you, all the same.