Tag Archives: Web search engine


Searching Questions: how good is Google?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… screen, the goofy logo, the incomprehensible “I’m feeling lucky” button.

What did you search for? (if you were a teenage boy, don’t answer that). In the bad old days of dial-up, Google was a (relatively) fast, flashing and seemingly benevolent oasis of free information.

These days Google is big. Really big. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are both multi-billionaires. 64% of all web searches start beneath those famous letters. To millions of users “Google” and “the …

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SpeakerText: serious about subtitles

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… But one part of the modern movie experience is still stuck in the VHS era. The only way to search inside an online video is to sit down and watch it through.

Off the radar

The internet was originally designed for text documents (that’s what happens when you put academics in charge of technology). Search engines still only recognize text: video content is invisible.

Most providers solve this problem by SEO-ing the web pages that contain videos (“Search engine optimization” …

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Human Flesh Search Engines: The Most Dangerous Game

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… (or looked after a two year old ) knows, nothing is scarier than cute kids.

The Human Flesh Search Engine (HFS) sounds awfully sinister. But far from being a deadly disease or a machine from the Saw series, it is simply a term used to describe searches that are conducted with the help of humans (as opposed to the ones carried out through a search engine like Google).

A tiger in the grass?

A good demonstration of the power of HFS is now known as the South China Tiger Event. In …

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Search me: what Mad Men and brave moles can do for historical records

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… get the media interested in Ngram again. My own Ngram-like analysis using just normal old Google Search found that after some initial excitement in 2010 and 2011, almost everyone had forgotten about Ngram until Schmidt found a way to include it in the same sentence as Don Draper.

Don’t forget about the crowd

The reason I bring this up is that I am disappointed with the lack of interest the world’s institutions have shown in the technology we now possess to preserve, analyse and …

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Google Ngrams: in the beginning was the word search

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… information and make it universally accessible and easy to use.

Nowadays, the big-friendly-search-giant sometimes seems more interested in irritating Mark Zuckerberg than promoting universal knowledge. But, just occasionally, Google gets back to basics.

In 2004 Google started digitizing books. Since then, 15 million volumes have been digitized by OCR software into Google’s virtual library. Recently, Harvard scholars Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel decided to try …

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