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    (via 15 Technologies That Were Supposed to Change Education Forever) Apparently from the 1970s, this “answer machine” concept has come pretty close to true :)

    (via 15 Technologies That Were Supposed to Change Education Forever) Apparently from the 1970s, this “answer machine” concept has come pretty close to true :)

     
  2. Approximately 30 per cent of Google searches have some component of place: ‘backpacker hostel in Kathmandu’, ‘surfing at Bondi Beach’ – people want to know where these things are. Unsurprisingly, when you look at statistics for mobile devices, this figure rises to about 40 per cent.
     
  3. The mark of a transformative product is that it gets you to do more of something that you wouldn’t think to do on your own. Thanks to Graph Search, people will almost certainly use Facebook in entirely new ways: to seek out dates, recruit for job openings, find buddies to go out with on short notice, and look for new restaurants and other businesses. Most strikingly, it expands Facebook’s core mission — not just obsessively connecting users with people they already know, but becoming a vehicle of discovery.
     
  4. I was curious how people in a country with roughly four percent internet penetration and limited mobile data access interacted with Google search and products. Since radio is a popular form of mass communication in Afghanistan, it turns out that people call in to a local radio show called ‘Percipal’ (‘Seek and Search’) and ask their query to the host. The host, who has internet access, does a Google search and then reads the answer on air.
     
  5. Facebook is getting “on the order of a billion search queries a day
     
  6. On an average day, Google crawls 20B web pages a day, out of 30 trillion URLs on the web. The company now serves 100B searches every month
     
  7. It takes about the same amount of computing to answer one Google Search query as all the computing done — in flight and on the ground — for the entire Apollo program!
     
  8. (via Cartoons from the Issue of June 25th, 2012 : The New Yorker)  thanks to Tim O’Reilly for reminding me of this

    (via Cartoons from the Issue of June 25th, 2012 : The New Yorker)  thanks to Tim O’Reilly for reminding me of this

     
  9. courtenaybird:

    What happens in just 60 seconds?

    • 168 million emails sent
    • 694,445 Google searches
    • 695,000 Facebook status updates
    • 370,000 Skype calls are made
    • 98,000 tweets on Twitter
    • 20,000 new posts on Tumblr
    • 13,000 iPhone apps downloaded
    • 6,600 new pictures on Flickr
    • 1,500 new blog entries posted
    • 600 videos posted totalling over
    • 25 hours duration on YouTube
     
  10. Google Now sports a series of ten “cards” that can automatically keep themselves updated with information you might find handy, based primarily on your location, your search history, and personal profile information …. on a workday, the Places card might pre-load itself with information about nearby eateries when lunchtime rolls around. From the Places card, users could jump directly to Google Maps, or pull up any available reviews, or even make a reservation. (Remember, Google bought Zagat.) If you’re travelling, Google Now might take that a step further: Not only might the Places card already have looked up nearby eateries when the local lunch hour rolls around, but the Currency card might be all set with the local conversion rate and the Translate card may already be set to the local language. And, of course, Traffic and Public Transit get updated all the time based on users’ locations.

     
  11. Google Now goes much deeper than just voice recognition and AI. It actually learns what you do through searching and starts to identify patterns. Additionally, it will give you information before you even ask for it. For instance, in the short period of time I’ve been using Now, it became convinced that I lived at my hotel in San Francisco (sad, I know). When I went out earlier today, it prompted me for directions back to my “house.” Of course I corrected it and gave it my actual home address, but the functionality is fascinating. Later, when I left the hotel for the airport, Google Now presented me with a map and an estimated travel time of 27 minutes without having been asked
     
  12. 15:58 19th Jun 2012

    Notes: 5

    Tags: search

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    (via Search and Social: How The Two Will Soon Become One | TechCrunch)
     
  13. (via Better search in mainland China - Inside Search)…  ”In order to avoid connection problems, users can refine their searches without the problem keywords. For example, instead of searching for [长江], they could search for [changjiang]—which also means Yangtze River, but is written using pinyin, the system used to transliterate Chinese characters into Latin script. This won’t cause a timeout, but will still generate search results related to the Yangtze River.”

    (via Better search in mainland China - Inside Search)…  ”In order to avoid connection problems, users can refine their searches without the problem keywords. For example, instead of searching for [长], they could search for [changjiang]—which also means Yangtze River, but is written using pinyin, the system used to transliterate Chinese characters into Latin script. This won’t cause a timeout, but will still generate search results related to the Yangtze River.”

     
  14. Google Algo Changes - SEO Rapper (by m0serious)

     
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    (via The Periodic Table Of SEO Ranking Factors)