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What I'm doing this week (ask me about Enterprise Search ;-)
Enterprise Search Summit Fall 2011. Email. Embed. Conference for and about Enterprise Search Engine Professionals. Enterprise Search Summit Fall 2011. ENTERPRISE SEARCH SUMMIT FALL 2011 has a unique f...
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I'm starting to see some patent filings that describe some of the bits and pieces behind Google Plus and Google Buzz.

This first one I'm writing about discusses what an "Asymmetrical Network" is, and the choices that Google might make in the images to show you when you attach and image to a post.

It has me thinking about making a couple of changes to my site to make it more likely that better images show up in posts like this one.
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Evolution of Anonymous. One of the more social-science-aware articles about this group
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Best plain-language Terms of Service explanatory sidebar I've ever seen. Only problem is that it's JavaScript. But still. +Whitney Quesenbery what do you think?
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Wow, are there examples of legal contracts that use plain language and held up in court? I would love to know more.
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Google's new search interface for tablets announced (rolling out over the next week). Some people hate the unchangeable font size, lack of pinch-and-zoom, and general "kindergarten" style. I wonder how much testing they really did on that.
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Microsoft yanks security site search after scammers poison results with porn
Computerworld - Microsoft on Saturday disabled the search tool on its Safety & Security Center after attackers poisoned results with links to pornographic URLs. The company restored the website's search field early Monday afternoon ET. On Friday, Alex Eckelberry, ...
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New information from +Florian Rohrweck and +Tim Dierks -- looks like there's no uploading without permission.

But strikethrough is not working (if there's a URL involved) Oh wow, apparently the Google Plus app on Android does what I was afraid of, it auto-uploads every photo you take, by default. I would disable that. -http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Google-Social--World-Domination-76472.asp-

kudos to +Mike Wilton for this one & +Andrew Shotland for the mega meta tips list
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they have learned from their errors :D
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I've heard about these problems, your experience is useful confirmation, really interesting.
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Interesting rumor that HP is buying Autonomy -- it makes sense if they want to compete with IBM, Oracle, SAS, Salesforce, etc. Autonomy has a lot more than just search.

Also nteresting: Google+ "could not load" the Twitter near-real-time search URL: http://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/hp%20autonomy
Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s largest computer maker, is in talks to buy Autonomy Corp. for about $10 billion and plans to spin off its personal-computer business, people with direct knowledge of t...
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Some more Google+ experiments that are rolling out as we speak:

You can now + reply anyone who commented on your post regardless of whether they have "find me in search" enabled. Hey, if they wrote to you, seems to make sense that you should be able to write back, right?

We removed the "blocked circle" and added a new menu for managing your blocked people.

We added a new invite dialog that provides a URL you can give out to your friends so they can join. I know, Vic already posted this one. Just re-posting in case you missed Vic's post.

For technical reasons, the little black bar across the top of the page, and the rest of the page, used a different event system. Now they don't, which means that if you add a friend from the notification bar on the top of the page, they will immediately show up as a friend on the bottom of the page. I know, crazy.

Fixed the count for # of followers. The number used to be capped at 10,000 in the people editor (even if you had more), now it is accurate. Also, we used different algorithms for calculating your followers in profiles vs. the list on your circles. We now use the same algorithm for both so they should always match.

My team just got a list from our consumer operations group of over 25,000 suggestions of great stuff we should be working on. Almost 6,000 of those were about the #s not matching in profiles and the circle editor (fixed!). A couple hundred were questions about whether sharing to your circles included your block circle (fixed!). Needless to say, much of what we do is based on what you guys ask for. We even had a few people tell us it was just cruel to show photos of their X's in their block circle, so, we removed photos for people you've blocked =)

Now, off to go address a few more of the issues. Stay tuned, lots of great stuff coming.
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+Mat Marcus - you replied to me by accident, instead of the original poster. They need to fix that interface! Here's the original post: https://plus.google.com/115740425396974668440/posts/DdLqWNc2dun
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Good times, those were, even with dialup, command line, and a truly obscene phone bill.

I still miss The Well's great "read new" function (and the people, of course).
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If you think social media started with Facebook, you might be interested in this video of a party by a virtual community, The Well, in 1989. WELL Party scenes courtesy of InCA productions, copyright InCA.
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a link to a quote of a comment in a post... but a good one.
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What is Google+ for? Posted on July 8th, 2011. Edward Vielmetti asked on Google Plus “What is Google+ for?” I thought Peter Kaminski's response was particularly insightful. (Quoted in full with Pe...
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Search consulting for web site, intranet, and enterprise search engines
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  • Search Tools Consulting
    Search consulting for web site, intranet, and enterprise search engines, 1998 - present
  • StarNine
    1996 - 1998
  • Metrowerks
    1994 - 1996
  • Niles and Associates (EndNote)
    1980 - 1994
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I like to fix broken search engines
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Making search engines work is what I do, and after twelve years, I'm still excited about the challenges.   I can help with everything from the large scale of search strategy and information needs analysis to configuring indexing, query processing, retrieval, relevance, search results design, to search log analytics and long-term maintenance processes.

I'm a flexible consultant and do short phone contracts as well as longer engagements and enterprise search analysis. 
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  • UC Berkeley School of Information
    1987 - 1988
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