Patent Filings on Google Finance Provide a Glimpse at Google’s Financial News Gathering

I’ve wondered why an occasional post from here sometimes showed up in the news sources that appear in Google Finance. I now have a little clearer understanding of how they perform their newsgathering. If you use Google Finance and want to know a little more about how it works, or are just interested in how … Read more Patent Filings on Google Finance Provide a Glimpse at Google’s Financial News Gathering

Yahoo on Using Exceptional Changes in Snapshots of the Web to Ban, Penalize, or Flag Websites

There’s a body of what could be described as folklore surrounding how search engines work. These tales, or sometimes superstitions, may have a grounding in a comment made by a presenter from a search engine during a conference, or a statement made upon a search engine blog, or just an assumption that a search engine … Read more Yahoo on Using Exceptional Changes in Snapshots of the Web to Ban, Penalize, or Flag Websites

On Personalized PageRank and Personalized Anchor Text Scores

Last week, I made a post introducing a newly granted patent from Google, Personalizing anchor text scores in a search engine (US Patent 7,260,573) which was filed in May of 2004. In the Search Engine Strategies Conference, I didn’t have a chance to delve too deeply into the patent. I am returning to it, and … Read more On Personalized PageRank and Personalized Anchor Text Scores

San Jose Adventures, Part 1 – the most famous garage in Silicon Valley

A little glimpse into my journey to the San Jose Search Engine Strategies Conference this past week. Friday… I headed out to BWI airport outside of Baltimore, usually about an hour drive, and wondered if I would make my flight after an accident delayed traffic along the way. I hope the people involved the collision … Read more San Jose Adventures, Part 1 – the most famous garage in Silicon Valley

Google & Fact Extraction, Normalization, and Visualization

When we talk about how a search engine like Google crawls and indexes information from websites, it’s often in the context of the Web results that the search engine shows to searchers. Facts in Web Results But, with Universal Search and blended search results showing information from local search, question answering, definitions, and others, it … Read more Google & Fact Extraction, Normalization, and Visualization