Zanran – a new data search engine

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Zanran is a new niche search tool focused on finding structured / numeric data on the web – from tables, graphs and charts. It offers a different approach for finding such information and so promises to be a useful addition to the armoury of search tools.

Google versus Bing – a competitive intelligence case study

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Google catches Bing red-handed via a counter-competitive intelligence sting operation showing how Bing uses some of Google’s results and uses them in their own result pages as part of the Bing Algorithm.

RIP Kartoo

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When I conduct training sessions on how to search I always emphasise that it’s more important to know how to find information rather than to depend on a small selection of key web-sites. Many searchers depend on their bookmark list but what happens when a key site disappears: if you don’t know how to search you are stuck. Searching isn’t just going to google and typing your query in the search box. Expert searching demands that you consider where the information you are looking for is likely to be held, and in what format. It requires the searcher to understand the search tools they use – how they work and their strengths and weaknesses. Such skills are crucial when key sites disappear as happened in January with the small French meta-search engine, Kartoo. Kartoo was innovative and presented results graphically. It enabled you to see links between terms and was …

Yauba – Big Brother isn’t watching you

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Sixty years after George Orwell published 1984 many of the ideas have, unfortunately, become commonplace. There are speed cameras watching how fast you drive, and CCTV monitoring many UK towns. On the Internet, search engines such as Google monitor your searches – keeping the data for months. They know what operating system you use. AWARE doesn’t record this information, despite showing some in our top bar, but many sites, and most search engines do). Yauba bucks the trend by proudly announcing that it respects user privacy. Its privacy policy proudly states: We do not keep any personally identifiable information. Period. Following the Iranian elections (June 2009) many Iranian dissidents and protesters have switched to Yauba, according to the searchengine blog site, Pandia. “Ahmed Hossain, CIO of Yauba, tells Pandia: “Our traffic from Iran has jumped 300% over the past several days, as many of them are using the Yauba Search …

But it’s not google – Bing goes Live!

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Another long wait between entries – I really must update more often. However recent events in the Search world and in the CI world mean I have no choice but to update. My thoughts on recent changes at SCIP will have to wait till my next post. This post will look at Microsoft‘s replacement for Live and MSN Search – with its new Bing search engine. Searches at Live or MSN Search now redirect to Bing.com. I like the front-end – it’s clean and colourful. However I couldn’t find anywhere to change the front image – at least on the UK version that’s still in Beta.The US version does allow you to scroll back to previous images – with a little arrow option at the bottom of the right side of the screen. The US version also includes hot-spots describing aspects of the picture, plus a side-bar offering more search …