What A Facebook Social Search Engine May Look Like

What A Facebook Social Search Engine May Look Like

When it comes to search strategy, Google and Facebook both seek to give users the best possible result. While Google will continue to trust technical data over social data, though, Facebook is likely to stake the success of its search engine – and perhaps the entire company – on a new kind of search that puts social context first.

A “Pepsi Challenge” For Bing & Google

A “Pepsi Challenge” For Bing & Google

Microsoft is so confident that its search engine Bing outperforms Google that is has created the Bing It On Challenge. But an academic study released earlier this year suggests that the best engine for you depends on the terms you’re searching.

Answers to the Facebook Question Larry Page Ducked on Charlie Rose

Answers to the Facebook Question Larry Page Ducked on Charlie Rose

Google founder Larry Page’s shot across Facebook’s bow in an interview with Charlie Rose on Monday night generated plenty of headlines Tuesday, but Page got off without really answering Rose’s original question: Is Google “worried or not worried about Facebook’s competition in search?”
We spent Tuesday…

5 Ways to Keep Your Google Browsing Private

5 Ways to Keep Your Google Browsing Private

Google’s one unified privacy policy went into effect on March 1. The new privacy policy makes it easier for Google to bring user data across its services, but the actual privacy preferences remained unchanged. Google has integrated search, email, YouTube, social and work. The few exceptions to the unified privacy policy include Books, Chrome and…

Google Is Now a Graphing Calculator

Google Is Now a Graphing Calculator

Google has decided to make its simple search box into yet another thing. It’s now a WebGL-powered 3D graphing calculator. If you type in a two-variable function, Google’s search box on the desktop will graph an animated, interactive, 3D plot right in your browser.

Google is moving increasingly toward providing answers when they’re faster than…

Google Semantic Search: Bad for SEO, Good for You

Google Semantic Search: Bad for SEO, Good for You

The Wall Street Journal reported today on some changes coming to Google search, but the article seems a bit confused about what they are. The lead item is that “[o]ver the next few months,” Google “will begin spitting out more than a list of blue Web links,” providing direct answers to questions instead. That’s not new at all.

What is new is…

[STUDY] How Americans Feel About Personalized Search & Targeted Ads

[STUDY] How Americans Feel About Personalized Search & Targeted Ads

A new report out today from the fabulous folks at Pew reveals something that you, Internet user, probably already know.

Most Americans are “anxious” about the personal information that search engines and websites collect from them, according to the study. The majority of ‘Net users disapprove: 65% say that search engines collecting information is…

Google’s Universal Search for Speed

Google’s Universal Search for Speed

For the third and final installment of my interview series with the people who make Google Search, I spoke with Johanna Wright, who leads the search project management team. She has worked on search at Google for over six years, leading the Universal Search and Google Instant projects.

In the first installment, I spoke with lead designer Jon Wiley…

How Google Search Really Works

How Google Search Really Works

Last week, I talked to Google Search lead designer Jon Wiley about the process of designing Google’s iconic interface. What goes on behind that white box? For the second part of my interview series with the people who make Google Search, I talked to Google Fellow Ben Gomes. He’s one of the elite engineers addressing the never-ending array of…

RWW Hangout – The Future of Search

RWW Hangout – The Future of Search

Each week (more or less), Jon, Robyn and other ReadWriteWeb team members hold a Hangout On Air on our Google+ page to take a break from the grind of reading and writing and talk face to face about the tech stories of the moment. We post prompts for what we plan to talk about, and we invite anyone in our audience to join in. The conversation streams…

What Google+ Should Have Been: Bing’s Linked Pages

What Google+ Should Have Been: Bing’s Linked Pages

Bing launched Bing+ last week, it just skipped all the unnecessary stuff. (It’s not really called Bing+.) There’s a new feature called Linked Pages that allows Bing users (U.S. only, for now) to connect their various websites and profiles to their Bing identities, using Facebook for authentication. You can also link your Facebook friends to […]

What Google+ Should Have Been: Bing’s Linked Pages

What Google+ Should Have Been: Bing’s Linked Pages

Bing launched Bing+ last week, it just skipped all the unnecessary stuff. (It’s not really called Bing+.) There’s a new feature called Linked Pages that allows Bing users (U.S. only, for now) to connect their various websites and profiles to their Bing identities, using Facebook for authentication. You can also link your Facebook friends to their…

Bing Now Lets You Verify Whether Search Results Are About You

Bing Now Lets You Verify Whether Search Results Are About You

Ever Google someone before a blind date or deciding to hire them? Of course you have.

But going forward, if you choose to Bing them instead of Google them, you may end up getting results they have manually approved. Microsoft has launched Linked Pages for its Bing search engine. The feature, which is currently only available to users in the…

Wolfram Alpha Pro is “Freemium” Done Right

Wolfram Alpha Pro is “Freemium” Done Right

Wolfram Alpha isn’t the “Google killer” that many hyped it up to be prior to its 2009 launch. Instead, the self-described computational knowledge engine takes a completely different approach to letting users find and analyze information. Rather than scouring the Web and ranking everybody’s pages in the order it thinks we’d find them useful, it uses…