The Lost Search for Searching

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Tuesday 19 October 2010 4:30 am

Is Google going to compete with Bing in the realm of social searching? Probably not. Is that a bad thing? Also, probably not. For those who haven’t heard, Bing plans on integrating it’s data with Facebook’s social data in order to give you more precise and localized search results. John C. Dvorak, over at PCMag, gives us his opinion.

First of all, it doesn’t make any sense. If I am looking for a schedule of events in San Francisco, what does my Facebook data have to do with it? If I am trying to find the exact date Thomas Jefferson was born, then what does Facebook have to do with it?

This entire gambit is unfortunately about finding new ways to sucker advertisers into selling on the Bing search engine.

Dvorak goes on to explain why he thinks this idea will be such a catastrophic failure, a point he repeats multiple times. Basically, he believes the system is simply a marketing ploy in which you will eventually just receive ads for things you have liked on facebook–a system which facebook has already pretty much mastered. In the meantime, the competition regarding searches has been lost.

Brave the Bravenet

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Sunday 3 October 2010 1:18 am

One of the most important services the Internet can offer is a blog. A blog is a simple online journal whereby the user or creator can post about a variety of topics–how their day went, what color is their favorite, what they think about a particular politician, how they think a particular problem can be handled, etc.

Blogs, once the exclusive property of people who were just jotting down their personal thoughts, have blown up and become websites that can pull down serious traffic or be intensely interesting or sophisticated.

If you want to own your own blog, it is not necessary that you build your own website from the ground up–it is as easy as going over to Bravenet and getting a free blog. They offer all of the structure and choices–you just have to sign up and choose what you would like your blog to look like. Anyone can use Bravenet’s simple interfacing system. It allows for people with no real knowledge of how websites work, or the inclination to learn, to still own a slick-looking and well-run blog.