May 14, 2003
Russell Beattie Has a Problem

Russell Beattie has a problem: Russell Beattie Notebook - Friday, May 09, 2003: Personally, I'm getting SICK of running into my OWN BLOG while doing research into any of the topics that I've ranted about here. I spend a couple posts talking about a technology with questions or thoughts, then later I go to implement this tech and need specifics and yet 2 or 3 of the top ranks are filled with my annoying blather. Urgh! Somebody should tell him that he can go to Google's Advanced Search page, http://www.google.com/advanced_search, where there is a switch he can set to exclude results from the russellbeattie.com domain......

Posted by DeLong at 12:16 PM

July 03, 2002
Google Doesn't Worry About Stickiness

Jason Kottke meditates on how Google understands the web--how it is eager to make its website an elastic place that you use to trampoline to the rest of the web, rather than a sticky place that it is hard to get away from. kottke.org :: Elastic, not sticky | Google now has this bit of text on the bottom of each of their results pages now: "Try your query on: AltaVista Excite Lycos Yahoo!" Click on Excite (for example) and it takes you directly to an Excite search results page for whatever term you were searching for. What's going on here? Google linking directly to competitors' Web sites? Have they gone insane? What Google is doing here is instructive for most companies offering online content or services. Google knows their search results are good and displayed in a useful way. You want to wander off to Excite? That's ok because they know you'll be back soon. Google doesn't care about stickiness (which is a nearly unattainable goal unless you're AOL or Yahoo!)... they know that you're not going to spend all your online time at their site. They care much more about making their site elastic: vistors aren't stuck in...

Posted by DeLong at 03:06 PM

June 10, 2002
No, I Don't Know Why...

... Google has suddenly decided that if you like this page, you might also like the Indymedia Nederland page. Artificial intelligence still has a looong way to go. Indymedia NL: BATTL.nl uit de steigers indymedia nederland: Indymedia NL is een onafhankelijk lokaal en mondiaal vrij communicatie orgaan. Indymedia biedt een andere kijk op het nieuws door een open publicatie methode van tekst, beeld & geluid....

Posted by DeLong at 10:58 PM

May 30, 2002
David Reed: Did You Try Google?

It happened again. I told a friend about a new program. He wants a URL. I say "Did you try Google?" and he says "oh ... yeah." He doesn't need a URL...

Posted by DeLong at 02:18 PM