Make Tech Easier: How to Add, Create and Manage Search Engines in Firefox. “Like Google Chrome, Firefox is a heavily customizable browser. One of the many settings you can change is choosing which search engines are installed within the browser. These search engines allow you to search different websites from your search engine toolbar. By default, this toolbar is located on the far right of the menu bar. By setting your default search engine, you can also change how searches from the main address bar work.”
The Register: Web searching died the day they invented SEO. “Rather than showing what you’re searching for, search results show you links that marketeers want you click on instead. The whole point of SEO today is to direct you to content you don’t want and didn’t ask for. As a result, I go hunting for a little bit of old zombie satellite code and all I can find are 47,000 links to George A Romero video clips and Walking Dead fan pages. Ho hum, does anyone have any old Fortran manuals?” Funny but some truth in there as well.
CBC News: Canada’s privacy commissioner proposes right to change inaccurate search engine results. “Canada’s privacy commissioner thinks you should have the right to ask that inaccurate, incomplete or outdated information appearing in search engines be either amended or removed — and that under Canadian law, internet companies should have to comply.”
Search Engine Journal: 28 Free Tools to Help You Find What People Search For . “Getting into the groove of keyword research doesn’t just happen overnight. You need to know how people search and what they search for before you can even start to think about mapping your keywords. And with more than 6 billion searches a day worldwide, how do you know where to start It’s about finding the deepest, darkest, secret corners of the user’s search intent to find ‘the right stuff’ in a bowl full of ‘meh’s.'” Now obviously I couldn’t care less about using these tools for SEO. But I always want to learn more about how other people craft their search language, because it can give me ideas.
Nature: Science search engine links papers to grants and patents. “The marketplace for science search engines is competitive and crowded. But a database launched on 15 January aims to provide academics with new ways to analyse the scholarly literature — including the grant funding behind it. Dimensions not only indexes papers and their citations, but also — uniquely among scholarly databases — connects publications to their related grants, funding agencies, patents and clinical trials. The tool ‘should give researchers more power to look at their fields and follow the money’, says James Wilsdon, a research-policy specialist at the University of Sheffield, UK.”
Google Blog: Year in Search: The most fantastic fads of 2017. “Here today, gone tomorrow. Our annual Year in Search is always a fun look back at the fads that captured our fancy and then fizzled out fast. See what this year’s biggest crazes were, through the lens of Google Search…”
Business Insider: Search engines are weakening Amazon’s hold on product search. “Amazon’s share of initial product searches dropped from 55% in 2016 to 49% in 2017, and search engines like Google appear to be responsible, according to a survey from Survata as cited by Bloomberg. Search engines’ share went from 28% to 36% between 2016 and 2017, reversing the drop they saw between 2015, when they had 34%, and 2016.”