Dodgeball Patent Application: Location and Mobile Based Social Software Bringing Assisted Serendipity

What happens when you build a social networking system based upon mobile devices? One that can allow people to find where their friends are, and allow them to meet up. Such a system could allow the broadcasting of messages based upon relationships, allowing for the meeting of friends of friends, and the introduction of new … Read more Dodgeball Patent Application: Location and Mobile Based Social Software Bringing Assisted Serendipity

Yahoo’s Studies on Mobile Camera Phones and Geo-Referencing Images

In these days of increasing mobile phone usage, including phones that have cameras and can connect to the web, I found myself enthralled by a paper which described the path to Yahoo’s Zonetag. Imagine if you take a researcher who has been studying how people use mobile phones (and mobile camera phones) and team her … Read more Yahoo’s Studies on Mobile Camera Phones and Geo-Referencing Images

Stanford WebBase: Google’s Academic Cousin

In the late 1990’s, two versions of the original Google repository and search engine were created; a commercial one which became the Google we know today, and an academic version which was named Stanford WebBase. In May, 2006, a number of researchers connected with Stanford University submitted a paper to the ACM Transactions on Internet … Read more Stanford WebBase: Google’s Academic Cousin

Sorting Commercial Pages from Informational Pages

Does sorting commercial pages from informational pages provide value to searchers? That’s one of the notions behind Yahoo’s Mindset (no longer available), which allows searchers to use a slider bar (see image at left) to rerank search results based upon whether a site is more commercial or informational. Yahoo! Mindset was released in May of … Read more Sorting Commercial Pages from Informational Pages