Do Search Engines Hate Blogs? Microsoft Explores an Algorithm to Identify Blog Pages

A new Microsoft patent application has some interesting statements within it about blogs. First, it tells us of the value of blogs and blogging: Blogging has grown rapidly on the internet over the last few years. Weblogs, referred to as blogs, span a wide range, from personal journals read by a few people, to niche … Read more Do Search Engines Hate Blogs? Microsoft Explores an Algorithm to Identify Blog Pages

The Southpark Google Organizational Information Flow Patent Application

Ok, my title is a mouthful, but you have to love a patent filing that uses South Park characters in examples. Even if it is a somewhat odd patent filing. Kyle, Stan, Kenny, and Cartman are programmers who report their daily code production to Mr. Garrison. Kyle creates a node datum 1001 reporting 111 lines. … Read more The Southpark Google Organizational Information Flow Patent Application

How does Google Pick Search Snippets for Your Pages to Show in Results?

There are often three pieces of information about pages displayed in search results to searchers in response to a search: Page title, The URL where that page can be found, and; A summary of the page in the form of a snippet or snippets, taken from either a meta description tag, or a description of … Read more How does Google Pick Search Snippets for Your Pages to Show in Results?

How Yahoo May Use Toolbar Data to Refine Search Results

Since I wrote about the Google toolbar with my last post, it didn’t seem like a bad idea to write about the Yahoo Toolbar. I hadn’t really planned on doing so, but a new Yahoo patent application showed up that talked about how a user’s browsing history, collected through the toolbar or a browser plugin, … Read more How Yahoo May Use Toolbar Data to Refine Search Results

Google Toolbar 5: Sync Your Settings and Share Your Browsing History

If you sit at more than one computer regularly, and you use some of Google’s toolbar features, you may like a new offering from Google in the newest version of their toolbar. If you share a computer with one or more people, you may also appreciate having a toolbar that is configured to your preferences … Read more Google Toolbar 5: Sync Your Settings and Share Your Browsing History