Entries in "Search Engines" ( for this category only)

Google New

Google has rolled out a Google New page to track all new Google tools and projects. I love it and was surprised the things I missed even though I read a lot of articles and blogs related to the web and information management.

How to Avoid Google

Are you worried about all the information that can be found about you on Google? Here is an option for you to explore.

Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village

Street View by Google

Google is traveling around with a 360-degree camera to add a street view to its maps. Cleveland made its debut has the first Ohio city to be visually documented by Google.

See the Plain Dealer article for some more highlights.

Go to http://maps.google.com/ and enter a Cleveland address. Hit "street" view and if the streets are highlighted in blue you can get the view as if you are driving by. Just click on the street and enjoy. Arrows direct your travel and your view.

I went with the "full screen" view and the images are very good quality and can be zoomed. Not quite good enough to read a license plate, but they show quite a bit of detail.

Google offers 411 Service

Did you know Google offers a 411 service that is totally free? It can be used by calling 1-800-GOOG-411. I tried it for a few random searches. It is not perfect as it is computer automated. If you do not speak clearly or speak too fast, it does get confused.

Google Maps has a Sense of Humor

1. Go to Google Maps
2. Click on "get directions"
3. Type "New York" in the first box  (the "from" box)
4. Type "London"  in the second box (the "to" box) (hit get directions)
5. Scroll down  to step #23

More on New Workshop

As I mentioned before, I am teaching a new workshop for the Kent State University School of Library & Information Science.

I have used a couple of the existing web 2.0 tools to share my workshop content. Check out the Squidoo page to see what readings and tools we used. On SlideShare, I posted the introductory slides I used before we moved on to our hands-on assignments.

Do You Expect Photo Privacy on the Net

When you post pictures online, do you expect privacy or the ability to remain anonymous? I personally feel if you post online you waived all those expectations. The Internet is open to the world, so you will eventually be found by someone.

National Geographic News (January 5, 2007) reports that the ability to stay anonymous in photos is really changing in the near future. Currently, photos can only be searched by the words in the caption or filename. A company called Polar Rose plans to launch an Internet - based face recognition software that will be compatible with Flickr.

I agree that the software can be abused by the criminal element, potential employers reaching beyond traditional due diligence, or current employers monitoring the non-work activities of employers. I believe you go after the abusers and not the tools.

This tool will be powerful and very beneficial. Imagine searching for a lost child or a criminal on the run. Or, imagine being able to locate pictures others are posting of you. I think the benefits greatly outweigh the possible abuses. Besides, I will go back to my original statement - if you post on the Internet, you have already waived your rights to privacy.

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Not Heard Often - Google Makes a Subtraction

Google has announced the Google Answers will no longer be accepting questions. By the end of the year, new answers will no longer be accepted as well. It appears with the goal of focusing on searching and innovation, this 4+ year old research project has stopped creating new ideas.

The Wiki has been Googlized

Will the Wiki go mainstream now that Google has bought JotSpot? Read more about the Google and JotSpot relationship.

OhioLINK Joins Google's Summer of Code

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From the OhioLINK announcement:

Are you a coder? Then check out Google's Summer of Code, a program designed to inspire young developers and provide students in computer science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer, and to support existing open source projects and organizations. OhioLINK is pleased to participate in the Summer of Code program again this year as a mentoring organization.

If your application for the Summer of Code is accepted, you will receive a $4500 award ($500 to get started and $4000 once the project is completed). In addition, the mentoring organization will receive $500 for each student developer that completes a project.

OhioLINK has a page on the Digital Resource Commons development site which describes our participation and projects; take a look, augment or add your own (feel free to read the project documentation through the Wiki link above and suggest other ideas), and apply to participate beginning May 1st. Questions about the program? Take a look at Google's participant FAQ.