In the future, having the only bright red storefront on your block may bring you free advertising in online driving directions. Those would be a more “human-centric” and visually oriented set of driving directions. When you receive driving directions from today’s online mapping programs, they often read like this: Stay on Main St. for 1.2 … Read more Optimizing Buildings for Driving Directions
A new patent application from Google describes how relevancy factors may be calculated into the scoring of advertisements shown on web pages, and other properties. Keep in mind that this is a patent application, and describes one possible variation of a scoring system that Google may or may not implement. It appears to be related … Read more Google’s Scoring for Content-Relevant Advertisements
I was searching through the E-prints in Library and Information Science (E-LIS) web site for search related articles over the past year, and came across some articles that weren’t highly cited, but provide some interesting perspectives on Google Scholar, and on research involving user behavior on the web and how to understand it better. Google … Read more Search Articles from E-LIS
You’re walking along Pier 39 in San Francisco, and you decide that what you see in front of you would make an excellent photo. You pull out your camera phone, point it in the direction of your view of the fog rolling down the City, from the Pier. Snapping the shot, you tell your phone … Read more Nokia Patents Voice Tagging of Pictures
Alexa collects and displays a fair amount of information about web sites, though I’ve always wondered about the value of that information because it appears to only collect information from people who have an Alexa Toolbar installed on their browser. A new patent, granted to Alexa this morning but originally filed back in 1999, describes … Read more Does Alexa Use Search Results to Identify Related Pages?