George C. Dimitriou

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How Big is the Web?

July 29, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark. Over the last eight years, we’ve seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there. Recently, even Google’s search engineers stopped in awe about just how big the web is these days — when Google systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!

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Cuil Launches Biggest Search Engine on the Web.

July 29, 2008 By: George Category: Search No Comments →

Cuil, a technology company pioneering a new approach to search, unveils its innovative search offering, which combines the biggest Web index with content-based relevance methods, results organized by ideas, and complete user privacy. Cuil has indexed 120 billion Web pages, three times more than any other search engine.

Cuil (pronounced COOL) provides organized and relevant results based on Web page content analysis. The search engine goes beyond today’s search techniques of link analysis and traffic ranking to analyze the context of each page and the concepts behind each query. It then organizes similar search results into groups and sorts them by category.

Cuil gives users a richer display of results and offers organizing features, such as tabs to clarify subjects, images to identify topics and search refining suggestions to help guide users to the results they seek.

Google Opens Knol For Knowledge-Sharing.

July 24, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

Google has just launched Knol to the public, dubbed by many as the search giant’s Wikipedia killer. Like Wikipedia, Knol encourages users create articles (also called knols).  A key difference is that one user (or a small group of them) is actually given credit and pictured at the top of every piece.  After that, other people are allowed to suggest changes, and the original authors can accept or reject them as they please.

On the Official Google Blog, Cedric Dupont and Michael McNally write, “We expect that there will be multiple knols on the same subject,” and users can write reviews to sort the good from the bad.

So why, aside from a desire to see their own name and face, would anyone abandon Wikipedia in favor of Knol?  A sort of interesting bonus is that The New Yorker magazine will allow Knol authors to add one cartoon to each article.  The real draw is this: “At the discretion of the author, a knol may include ads from our AdSense program.  If an author chooses to include ads, Google will provide the author with a revenue share from the proceeds of those ad placements.”

Google Offers Political Video Search Based on Speech Recognition Tech.

July 16, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

The Google speech team (part of Google Research) has launched the Google Elections Video Search gadget, a modest contribution to the electoral process. With the help of Google’s speech recognition technologies, videos from YouTube’s Politicians channels are automatically transcribed from speech to text and indexed. Using the gadget you can search not only the titles and descriptions of the videos, but also their spoken content. Additionally, since speech recognition tells us exactly when words are spoken in the video, you can jump right to the most relevant parts of the videos you find.

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Google Adds Search Volume to Keyword Tool.

July 10, 2008 By: George Category: Search No Comments →

Google announced that it was adding search volume numbers to its AdWords Keyword Tool. In addition to suggesting related keywords, the tool now includes the approximate number of monthly search queries for each keyword with sufficient data, and search volume for the most recent calendar month.

Keyword Tool

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BOSS: The Next Step in the Yahoo Open Search Ecosystem.

July 10, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

Yahoo! Search is taking another step in extending the Yahoo! Open Strategy with the launch of Yahoo! Search BOSS, a web services platform that allows developers and companies to create and launch web-scale search products by utilizing the same infrastructure and technology that powers Yahoo! Search.

So what is BOSS?
BOSS is a new, open platform that offers programmatic access to the entire Yahoo! Search index via an API. BOSS allows developers to take advantage of Yahoo!’s production search infrastructure and technology, combine that with their own unique assets, and create their own search experiences. While search APIs have been available for some time, BOSS removes many of the usage restrictions that have prevented other companies from using them to build innovative new search engines.

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Google Sites Extends Search Market Share to More than 80 Percent.

July 09, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

ComScore, Inc. today released its May 2008 report on the German search market from the comScore qSearch 2.0 online search measurement service. This capability, which was first launched in Germany in September 2007, includes reporting on local market properties where search activity occurs, such as ProSiebenSat1 Sites and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, along with the key international search properties such as Google and Microsoft.

In May, Google Sites increased its lead as the leading search property in Germany to 80.5 percent of all searches. eBay ranked second with 6.2 percent, followed by two German properties, ProSiebenSat1 Sites (2.4 percent) and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck (2.2 percent). Two other German properties, Deutsche Telekom (0.8 percent share) and T-Online Sites (0.7 percent share), ranked among the top ten.