Another Nail in the Coffin of “Google Ground Truth”?

So we all know that the Google web search engine famously (and not just apocryphally) returns different results from it’s different national representations (google.com. google.co.uk, google.cn, etc.)… …and hopefully we all know that if you are signed in to Google when you run a search, the default settings are such that Google will record your … Continue reading “Another Nail in the Coffin of “Google Ground Truth”?”

A Final Nail in the Coffin of “Google Ground Truth”?

I’ve written before about how Google’s personalisation features threaten the notion of some sort of “Google Ground Truth”, the ability for two different individuals in different locations to enter the same term into the Google search box, and get back similar results (e.g. Another Nail in the Coffin of “Google Ground Truth”?). So what threats … Continue reading “A Final Nail in the Coffin of “Google Ground Truth”?”

Filter Bubbles, Google Ground Truth and Twitter EchoChambers

As the focus for this week’s episode [airs live Tues 21/6/11 at 19.32 UK time, or catch it via the podcast] in the OU co-produced season of programmes on openness with Click (radio), the BBC World Service radio programme formerly known as Digital Planet, we’re looking at one or two notions of diversity… If you’re … Continue reading “Filter Bubbles, Google Ground Truth and Twitter EchoChambers”

Google Impact…? The “Google Suggest” Factor

So apparently, OU promotion process means I get feedback on my promotion case before it goes to the full committee… Here’s what I need to address: – put references in proper OU CV style; – don’t write career history or list stuff done in the promotion case, instead list impact and significant contributions; [but for … Continue reading “Google Impact…? The “Google Suggest” Factor”

Could Librarians Be Influential Friends? And Who Owns Your Search Persona?

Every so often, I’ve posted about the erosion of a universal Google ground truth as Google rolls out personalisation features that tweak the ranking of search results presented to you based on what Google knows about you. So with a recent announcement from Bing about its search integration with Facebook, I started wondering: could academic … Continue reading “Could Librarians Be Influential Friends? And Who Owns Your Search Persona?”

Invisible Library Support – Now You Can’t Afford Not to be Social?

If you live by pop tech feed or Twitter, you’ve probably heard that Google is rolling out a new style of socially powered search results. If not, or if you’re still not clear about what it entails, read Phil Bradley’s post on the matter: Why Google Search Plus is a disaster for search. Done that? … Continue reading “Invisible Library Support – Now You Can’t Afford Not to be Social?”

Google Lock-In Lock-Out

As John Naughton feels obliged to remind folk every now and again, the web is not the internet. Because we all know that for many people, Facebook apparently is. Or Google is. And as anyone following my tweets over the last year or two will know, I’ve started finding Google more and more irksome. It’s … Continue reading “Google Lock-In Lock-Out”