Archive for October, 2013

Google vs Bing – is Bing better for picture search?

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Seven ways BING is engineering picture search to be better than Google.  An excellent article from Bing’s own blog:

  1. Understanding what is being searched for: person, place, or thing?
  2. How do other users feel about it? using big data
  3. Perceiving pictures like a human brain does
  4. Thematic intent focus brings up pictures to be used for the same purpose
  5. Not including duplicates or near-duplicates, to improve breadth of image selection
  6. Clustering images in a way that makes them easier to view at a glance
  7. Better quality images first.

http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/searchquality/archive/2013/08/23/a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-how-bing-is-improving-image-search-quality.aspx

Blog Every Day in November #BEDN

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Here’s a challenge!  Blogging every day in November – that’s 30 posts in all – will really get you used to blogging, and understanding WordPress.  Social media is 24/7, so getting into the Think Blog Every Day mindset is important.

Think Blog Every Day

The challenge was conceived by Birmingham-based blogger Elizabeth Sellers, as a way to inspire herself and others.  Mostly so far its been craft-bloggers, so let’s inject some geekery.  Blogging is at its heart a social thing, so I think the challenge is a great idea for newbie bloggers as well as perhaps jaded old hands  . . .

I am going to take up the challenge do you care/dare to join me?  Head over to Rosalilium to sign-up.

Out of interest, other challenges you can do in November include growing a mo & writing a novel.  Think #BEDN is the choice for me 🙂

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Know of any other challenges going on in November?  Please comment below.

How Google Search Works

This video from Google is a great introduction to How Google Search Works.  There are also articles on algorithmic changes, and how Google is fighting those who try to game the system for better results.  There’s a second video here about what happens when Google bans you, and how and when you can reclaim your Google Rank.

A quick, easy read (& watch) introduction to the engineering behind Google search.

What’s the MAIN point you take away from this? please comment below.

Hummingbird – big changes to Google search reward indepth content

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Hummingbird (Photo credit: Marie Carter)

How very timely for the middle of our blogging course . . . a Google algorithm change that Social Media Today is calling “the biggest thing to happen to search in a long time”.

Wired magazine is so excited it’s misquoting Star Trek – Google Hummingbird: Where No Search Has Gone Before (or do I mean Star Wars?)

Hummingbird is a completely new search algorithm that affects 90 percent of all searches, and we’ve all been using it for a month without even noticing.  That’s exactly the intention. Discrete timely, relevant delivery of the content with legacy.  That’s what evergreen content provides, and Google is now prioritising search to find and display it.

“the biggest thing to happen to search in a long time”.

One of my go-to blogs has also got it covered: Mashable on Hummingbird, as has B2C – with a good explanation of Hummingbird specifics.

A brilliant Hummingbird FAQ at ever reliable searchengineland probably leaves us with as much as we need to know for now about this latest update.

Question for #MFC4322: What IS evergreen content?  And how does Hummingbird continue what Panda and Penguin started?

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The machine is (using) us

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