M.C. Hammer is Stepping Out to a Catchy Tune

Updated October 23, 2011

Doc Sheldon

M.C. HammerMy plan today was to catch up on some writing for me, but  Stanley K. Burrell, best known to his public as M.C. Hammer, kept coming to mind. His announcement at the Web 2.0 Summit of an upcoming launch of WireDoo caused a few jaws to hit the floor. I have to admit, I found myself wondering the last couple of days, what possesses someone to get into the search game, of all things? [Read more…]

Linked Data – The Key to the Semantic Web

Updated February 28, 2011

Doc Sheldon

Linked Data is another brainchild of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. You may remember him… the unfortunate fellow that thought he had invented something worthwhile, that sadly never quite took off… something called the “World Wide Web”?

Okay, it kinda took off… in a small way. At least the poor fellow found a job… he’s Director of W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). 😉

TimBL makes the critical distinction between documents and data. In a nutshell, documents are things you and I can read, while data is the stuff that can be read by machines, and understood. [Read more…]

Search Experience – More Now, Part Three

Updated October 29, 2010

Doc Sheldon

Moving along in our series, which began with Search Experience-Then, Part One, followed by Search Experience-Now, Part Two, we’re going to cover a little more ground in the “Now” arena.

A few relatively recent developments have attracted a good bit of attention, and some have caused concern in one market area or another, as well.

Google Instant raised many eyebrows and the blood pressure of many that bid for advertising from Google. Speculation ran amok about the possible cost impact to impressions by this addition to the Google bag of tricks. [Read more…]

Search Experience – Now, Part Two

Updated October 12, 2010

Doc Sheldon

Having reviewed some of the history of search, in Search Experience – Then, Part One, it’s obvious that search has evolved considerably in the last twenty years. So if you find yourself occasionally frustrated in searching for something, think how you’d have felt back in ’93 or ’94!

Supposedly, by 2006, Google had indexed over 25 billion web pages. That’s nearly 463,000 TIMES as many as Lycos had, when they launched in 1994.

We’ve come a long way, Baby!

That’s not to say that we don’t still have a long way to go, of course. Some searches can still be challenging. But when you consider the functions that are routinely available to us today, that weren’t even dreamed of back in the day, we don’t have it so bad.
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Search Experience – Then, Part One

Updated October 9, 2010

Doc Sheldon

In this series, we’ll be looking at search engine technology as it was, and is now. We’ll also look at how the optimization efforts employed by site owners can affect the user’s experience. Eventually, we’ll work our way up to what search engine technology needs to be to satisy John Q. User’s needs. Finally, we’ll take an objective look at how likely those necessary changes are, and how they’ll affect the site owners, the SEOs and most importantly, the users.


Some History

Magnifying GlassThe first search engines, in the early 1990s, had much less of an internet to deal with than is the case today. Those that didn’t simply buy access to the index of another search engine, often limited their indexing to smaller, manageable chunks of the ‘net. Their searches were pretty well limited to their ability to find a verbatim reference on a page, that corresponded to that entered in the search query.
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