Category Archives: Notable Websites
On National Public Radio this week, I listened to a fascinating episode of the show, “On the Media,” that featured a segment about an economist who analyzed Google search data for key words to assess levels of racism in different states.
The HackCollege website posted has a great, easy-to-read roundup of tips for mastering the art of search in Google.
Created by: HackCollege
On the Official Google Blog, there’s a new post with a video from Google discussing how search has evolved at the company over the years. What do you think Google needs to do next? What direction should they head in? What kinds of things can’t you search for easily in Google that you wish you could?
I came across an interesting find while I was doing my homework and thought I’d share it here for anyone who’s interested:
It’s an article referencing the article we had a class discussion on “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr
here’s the link http://www.wfs.org/node/1000
Google has a many different channels in YouTube. The company’s Google Privacy channel contains 49 videos that Google has uploaded about privacy. These will definitely be worth checking out if your research topic has something to do with privacy. Here are some the videos on this channel:
A blog post by Jon Mitchell at the influential tech blog, ReadWriteWeb, titled “What Do Google Ads Know About You?” is essential reading for anyone in the class who is doing a topic on Google’s advertising business or on Google and privacy. You should read the post as well as the things that it links to:
- a recent blog post from the Official Google Blog titled “Increasing Transparency and Choice with Ads on Search and Gmail,” which includes an embedded video titled “Ad Preferences Manager” on YouTube
- the “Ads Preferences Manager” options in your Google Account
- an earlier blog post on ReadWriteWeb about Google’s transparency project titled “Government Requests for Google User Data Keep Rising”
If you are ever looking for numbers on who is using different kinds of technology and how they are using it, your first stop for answers should be the Pew Research Center’s website for the Internet and American Life Project. Start with these parts of the website:
- Newspaper article:
“Google Introduces New Tool for Scholarly Research.” Associated Press [Mountain View] 18 Nov. 2004. Factiva, 9 Nov. 2011.
- Magazine article:
Golderman, Gail M., and Bruce Connolly. “Between the Book Covers: Going Beyond OPAC Keyword Searching with the Deep Linking Capabilities of Google Scholar and Google Book Search.” EBSCOhost – Worldâs Foremost Premium Research Database Service. MasterFILE Premier, 2004. Web. 09 Nov. 2011.
- Journal article
“Google Launches Google Scholar.” Advanced Technology Libraries 33.12 (2004): 1, 11. Library Lit & Inf Full Text. Web. 9 Nov. 2011.
Networking Y Comunidades En La Web Social. Tres Proyectos Para Mejorar La Comunicación. Universidad del País Vasco, 2009. Internet resource.
The section of the Google’s website that details the company’s efforts to be more transparent to the world offers an interesting page in which the company quantifies the number of requests from various countries in which data from Google was requested by a government or federal court or content indexed or hosted by Google was requested to be removed.
A recent episode of the weekly radio show, “On the Media,” featured a segment looking at the topic of Googlebombing, which can be defined as an effort to juice the Google search ranking system so that particular websites are at the top of the list of search results for certain words or phrases. In this episode, the host of the show interviewed a Google executive to talk about an old Googlebomb for “santorum” that is in the news again now that Senator Santorum is running as a GOP primary candidate for the presidency.