Archive for the ‘Search’ category


January 29, 2007

Dan Russell, a full-time research scientist at Google, wrote a series of post on sensemaking at the Creating Passionate Users Blog. In the first post, Sensemaking 1, Dan starts with an interesting question: “How do you make sense of something that’s big and complicated?” Dan, then goes to give a brief overview of the responses people usually give him.

In the second post, Sensemaking 2: What I do to make sense, Dan explains his approach for sensemaking:

  • Figure out what it is that you’re trying to understand or get done
  • Collect a lot of information about the domain
  • Organize the information
  • Iterate
  • Do

Dan uses the third post, Sensemaking 3:The search for a representation, to show us how he used his approach to sensemaking to answer the question: How do people manage interruptions?

Finally, in the fourth post, Sensemaking 4: Summary of your comments, Dan comments on key issues that were brought up in the comments the readers left.

If you have to make sense of data, this group of posts is a must read!




Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft: a match made in heaven?

November 16, 2006

Maybe in the heaven of search engines 😉

Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have agreed to use the Sitemaps 0.90 standard, developed by Google, to let webmasters guide the search engines’ automated Web crawlers in properly indexing their Web pages.

For details, see today’s press release.



Is the number of irrelevant search results going to decrease some time soon?

November 15, 2006

I don’t think so.

A couple of days ago, I was reading a post titled Thoughts on the State of Search at the O’Reilly Radar. I completely agree with most of the points expressed in the article, in particular with the facts that:

  • The number of irrelevant search results will increase as the Web gets bigger

  • It is time for the search companies to start embracing, seriously, queries formulated in natural language

  • It is time that the search companies present the results grouped (clustered) in a meaningful way to facilitate the arduous labour we have of finding a needle in a haystack of irrelevant results

  • The search companies must update their databases more frequently

To read the post, you can click here.