Search Engines Index 85% of Visible Web Content

From ISEDB.com:According to a recent study co-written by Ask Jeeves Director of Advanced Products Antonio Gulli and University of Iowa's Alessio Signorini, the major search engines have managed to index nearly 85% of the estimated 11.5 billion documents that make…

How “search” is redefining the Web — and our lives

The Seattle Times had an article this weekend on "How 'search' is redefining the Web — and our lives." It is a well-written piece and provides a succinct history of the search engine industry, but ,as is typical, these kinds…

Mind-Mapping and Spatial Information Navigation

Today's New York Times includes a story on mind-mapping software, "To-Do List: Shop, Pay Bills, Organize Brain." It suggests that to learn new topics, organize ideas and spur creative thinking, people should draw dynamic and unstructured "mind maps" rather than…

“Search is the new center of gravity”

(via John Battelle)Roger McNamee, of The New Normal, writes an insightful piece on Google's Desktop Search. He opens:There are very few pieces of technology whose time is longer gone than the hierarchical file system underlying Windows. Finding things on a…

CFP: The Social, Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions of Search Engines

Received this CFP today from Eszter Hargittai: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication Special Issue on The Social, Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensionsof Search Engines Guest Editor:Eszter HargittaiNorthwestern UniversitySearch engines are some of the most commonly accessed Web sites online. Millions of…

Search Engines – Their Politics; Their Logics

I'm part of a panel submission to the 6th International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR). The panel is titled "Search Engines - Their Politics; Their Logics":Search engines today seem to afford the only access point…

Beal on Users Confusing Natural and Paid Search Engine Results

Andy Beal at Search Engine Lowdown notes this report of the Pew Internet and American Life Project's study which suggests that only 18% of search engine users can tell the difference between paid and natural search engine results. Beal seems…

More “friendly” search engines…

(via John Battelle's Searchbog) Craig Silverstein, Google's technology officer, asks how your search engine can become more like your friend:It's clear that a list of links, though very useful, doesn't match the way people give information to each other," says…