Posts Tagged ‘Google’

This is the last post in a short series examining the benefits and drawbacks of thinking about the world in terms of ‘networks’ .  Earlier on, I gave an introduction to mathematical network theory, I discussed the network as a way of explaining the world and I discussed  social media as model for social networks. […]


It is now official: Google has declared war on ‘content farms’. Last week, Google changed its algorithm with the explicit goal to filter out the low quality content that content farms produce, changing up to 15% of its search results. I am sure that, because of this measure, the average quality of high-ranking pages has […]


We “search”. We “search’” a lot. What internet critic Geert Lovink called “the society of the query” (a review), has become a reality, possibly beyond his “worst” dreams. But how does it affect us? Search is helpful but I would say that it does make it easier for us to rely on our cognitive biases, […]


If your Twitter timeline has been flooded with paper.li messages recently, you are not the only one. The service that converts your timeline into a ‘daily newspaper’ is incredibly popular which makes perfect sense from a UX perspective. The service gives the user a preview of the content behind the link. This makes it easier […]


What are the essential skills involved in search? In an (excellent) Berkely lecture series about search hosted by Marti Hearst, which is available online as podcast, Google’s HCI reasearcher Dan Russel gives a guest lecture about users’ sense making while searching. This is a tricky problem because users express their searches in just a couple […]


I have been commenting on ‘openness’ according to Google, in an earlier post. Since then I am struggling with the many ways the term ‘open’ is used in relation to e-business. This has been a reason to pick up the book ‘Open Business Models’ by Henry Chesbrough. In contrast with what you might think, open […]


Last week 2 NRC journalist (Ernst-Jan Pfauth and Peter Teffer) tried to live and work without using any Google services for a week and wrote a blog about it. The effort turned out to be quite hard, as Google is ubiquitously present on the web. Not only a number of major services on the web […]