Archive for November, 2008
Tags: business, highlights, rss
Right up there, right at the top of the screenshot for my Hotmail account. That Lavalife ad… the ad with no relevance to the page. The ad that is visual so I know it’s an ad. The ad you don’t see when you log into Gmail because they aren’t using visual ads… no big invasive banners at the very top of my page screaming ‘look at me! Not at your email!’. I would sooner have no ads on either, but then I’d have to pay for my otherwise free email accounts. So, I’d rather see Google’s ads while going about my daily email business… at least there’s a chance I may find one of them useful because they’re relevant to the content of the page.
Tags: emotion, robot, technology
This is just pretty freakin’ cool. Robots with facial expressions and showing emotion….
Tags: google search wiki, robert scoble, techcrunch
Earlier this week, Google launched a new search product that includes a way to comment and vote your favourite finds up or down and add comments about a site for others to view. The feature only works when you are logged into your Google account and only you see which topics you’ve promoted to the top or deleted from your results. Techcrunch has explained the features well, but the author, Mike Arrington, doesn’t like the new feature. Robert Scoble thinks it’s bang on. I think it’s just another reason you’d better make sure your site is one people find useful.
If people are able to customize their searches and save the information so the sites they have found useful before are always on top, making sure your site is one they want to see more frequently in their search results is becoming more and more important.
I have always believed that your website should be fulfilling a use or providing a service. I often compare it to a magazine – if the articles are the same every month or nothing new is added, who’s going to keep buying that magazine? Your website should be useful… if nothing else, it should be something that people want to pass on. The Google Search Wiki is kind of like a new way to bookmark sites right now. If you vote something up at the top on a particular search term, it will always remain at the top for your individual search – again only if you are logged into your account. But imagine if Google takes it one step further – if Google starts taking a user’s top voted sites and including those in new searches because it’s a site the user has identified as one they trust and one they’ve found useful in the past. When Google does that, I will be on bored with Robert Scoble in thinking this is fabulous.
So, it’s been two hours or so since the reports of a meteor potentially touching down near Edmonton… and with a lack of chatter on Twitter and no videos showing up on YouTube to keep me engaged, I’m feeling like it’s old news already. I’m watching the Twitter stream on Twitter search and one tweet just popped up with somebody who just found out about it. I looked at it and said ‘meh, that’s old news’.
My question is when did news that was two hours old suddenly become ‘old’? How quickly does my attention span from one topic to the next? Why is something no longer interesting if there are no new developments within minutes?
While the rest of the world is still just finding out about the meteor and gluing their eyes to the TV… I will keep my Twitter feed open so I will still be one of the first to know when more developments are in, but I can go about a normal Thursday evening otherwise.
If only those astronomy experts had Twitter accounts…
Update: Found a blog post talking about a good deal of meteors seen over Tucson and San Diego earlier this week. Maybe the reports of meteor touchdowns in Alberta and New Orleans are related?
Update: The meteor news is making UFO sites…