Posted on December 21, 2009 by Sandy Swanson
A Bing search box has turned up at the top of our browsers at work, and I’ve used it a few times, and it’s OK. But I’m still a Google user just because I’m comfortable with it. So today’s NPR story, “Bing vs. Google: a weeklong experiment” was really intriguing. National correspondant James Fallows used Bing … or rather, started to use Bing … to track facts for a news story. He found some things missing from Bing, and some missing from Google, and had the best results using www.bing-vs-google.com‘s side-by-side display of the two. Try it out! (Remember Dogpile?)
Another recent Google story in Search Engine Land: Google’s Personalized Results: the “new normal” that deserves extraordinary attention. Earlier this month, Google announced in its blog that personalized search will now be available to signed-out users. While it’s possible to opt out — see the Google Blog story for details — most of the time, most search results will be “customized” to reflect previous searches. The Search Engine Land story explores the implications.
— Google’s Personalized Results story via Jessamyn West’s librarian.net: the nature of observing disturbs the observed
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Posted on December 6, 2009 by Sandy Swanson
CNN’s list includes technologies that have been around for a while, but might be coming to the fore in the next 12 months:
- Real-time: Twitter, Facebook, instant messaging, iPod Internet posting apps, etc. – followed by smartphones, anytime, anywhere
- Location-based services, driven by GPS
- Augmented reality – Imagine visiting a location in person, receiving information from sources like Wikipedia and restaurant review sites, on your smartphone, based on GPS
- Content “curation” – CNN mentions using friends and experts as filters to garner “the best” customized information to counter information overload. The article doesn’t suggest a role for libraries/librarians!
- Cloud computing – apps on a server instead of the desktop. I was thinking about this while helping set up my mom’s new PC – she only writes letters & documents occasionally, so why buy MS Office if she can get by with Google Docs?
- Internet TV & Movies – I seldom record on my VCR any longer, since network programming is free (advertiser supported) at network websites or locations like Hulu
- “Convergence conundrum” – some technologies are converging – my phone takes pictures and plays music, so why carry a camera or iPod? On the other hand, some individual technologies are bucking that trend, like the single-purpose eReaders. The article suggests that eReaders are a fad, but won’t go away in 2010.
- Social gaming – anyone for Scrabble (or Farmville) on Facebook?
- Mobile payments – big in Asia right now, but hasn’t caught on yet in the US
- “Fame abundance, privacy scarcity” – I’m trying out a new app on my personal laptop that shows headlines all the time – but it seems to lean heavily toward celebrity-based “news.” Does a prediction coming from CNN make this a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Check out the full article: Peter Cashmore, 1o Web Trends to Watch in 2010,
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