TechCrunch: Lucidworks launches site search as a service tool. “Lucidworks has been helping large organizations like Reddit with complex content build search tools that reach across massive content stores, but the company wanted to make the underlying search technology available to a wider market. Today, it released Lucidworks Site Search, a cloud service that enables companies to embed Lucidworks search in any application or website with a couple of lines of code.” Remember when there were LOTS Of companies offering site search services? That was a long time ago. The only name I can remember off the top of my head is PicoSearch and that shut down in 2014.
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society: Organic search: How metaphors help cultivate the web. “Do you prefer your search results ‘organic’? What may sound funny to the rest of us has long been a concern for search engine professionals around the world. Already the 2010 version of Google’s own Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide called those ten blue links usually associated with search results ‘organic’ – everything else was ‘paid’ or ‘sponsored’.”
Abundant Genealogy: Newspaper Clippings – Using Reverse Search to Cite Sources and Save Your Sanity. “A well-meaning relative sends you a packet of newspaper clippings about your ancestors. Or you receive several obituaries pasted to 3×5 inch index cards. Or you are given a scrapbook created in the 1920s or 1930s with a variety of news articles clipped from newspapers and magazines. Of course, when clipped there is no date, no newspaper masthead or header with the name, volume number, page number etc. Your relative (or someone) may have handwritten the date or other information along the margins, but rarely do they include everything you need as a researcher. So how do you track down the original source and cite it properly?” nicely done!
SEO Roundtable: Google Wants To Get Date Timestamps Accurate In Search Results. “Last night, when people were searching about the horrible news in Florida, some noticed that some of the recent articles covering the news were labeled by Google has being written days before the event. Obviously, something that happened hours ago, written potentially minutes ago, should not be labeled in the Google search results as being written 2 or 3 days ago. Danny Sullivan at Google was doing some damage control for Google explaining that sometimes getting the date right, can be hard.” I’m really glad someone is working on this, as it’s been a problem for a LONG time. It’s not just Google either – look at RSS feeds for Bing News search results.
SEO Roundtable: After Months Of Testing, Google Launches People Also Search For Box. “Over the past 24 hours or so, I received dozens of notifications of a new look and design for the people also search for box in Google. It is something we covered Google testing back in November. And as I reported at Search Engine Land, the feature and user interface is now officially live in the Google search results.”
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.