What is Google doing?

March 22, 2013

A few years ago, web thinker Jeff Jarvis published an homage to the world’s most successful Web search and advertising company titled “What Would Google Do?” These days, the question seems to be, “What is Google doing?”

Facebook’s search has been found

January 16, 2013

With “Graph Search,” Facebook’s newsearch engine announced Tuesday, the world’s largest social network has finally begun to index a trove of Big Data that’s been piling up for years. Even Facebook probably doesn’t know what’s been deposited in by its 1 billion members. Suddenly there is a way to find out. 

Google sets Zagat free

May 30, 2012

This morning, Google took the wraps off  how it plans to use Zagat, the popular restaurant guide known for its burgundy pocket books. The Zagat restaurant  listings are now incorporated in Google + and its local service and, more to the point, are now free. People can access more than 35,000 summarized user reviews from Zagat for more than 90 cities across the globe using either Google +, its search function or through maps.

Google customizes search results with a smattering of your own content

January 10, 2012

Google rolled out a big change to its search engine on Tuesday that will allow people to find private items, such as online family photos, in their search results.

Will Google fight Apple’s Siri with Alfred?

December 13, 2011

Apple has Siri, and now Google has Alfred.

On Tuesday Google said it had acquired the tech company that has developed Alfred, a smartphone app that acts as a “personal assistant” to make recommendations based on your interests and your “context,” such as location, time of day, intent and social information.

Google sprinkles search results with social networking, but leaves out Facebook

February 17, 2011

GOOGSocSearch1Google is turning up the volume on social networking content within its Internet search results.

Five things I learned from the genius of Google’s Zeitgeist

By Kevin Kelleher
December 10, 2010

The word Zeitgeist is defined as “the spirit of the age.” But the German term was itself a translation by Romanticists of the Latin phrase “genius saeculi.” Those Romanticists didn’t think of “genius” in its modern meaning of an extraordinary mind, but rather its etymological roots of a guardian spirit that watches over people from their birth.

Google to speed up searches with visual Web site ‘previews’

November 9, 2010

Google’s search engine has a new feature that may cause Web surfers to do less…Web surfing.

Yahoo unfurls accordion to revamp search

October 7, 2010

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz once played in an accordion band, so perhaps it’s fitting that the ole squeezebox has figured in to Yahoo’s products as the central motif in a revamped Internet search experience.

Google’s Brin: Make smartphone apps searchable

September 9, 2010

For more than a decade, GOOGLE/Google has reigned supreme as the main gateway to online information.