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PICNIC 08 – What will Google do?

On the last day of Picnic 2008, on Friday at Zuiveringshal West Gisel Hiscock, the Google’s EMEA business development director appeared with the company’s newest initiatives and strategies. Gisel Hiscock outlined company’s scheme of acting opposing the traditional approach –the...
Google Analytics: The Implications of an Easy Setup

Google Analytics: The Implications of an Easy Setup

Here at Masters of Media it is time for a redesign. As students of the new year we are encouraged not only to contribute with fresh new content to the blog, but also to re-think its shape; both in...

iGoogle Review

A few years ago I started with using iGoogle, a personalized starting page from Google. iGoogle is one of the best 100 web 2.0 applications according to Webware (from Cnet). With iGoogle you can add applications in the starting...
An Analysis of Web 2.0: ‘YouTube’

An Analysis of Web 2.0: ‘YouTube’

Introduction Web 2.0 is a term describing changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web. In short, Web 2.0 emphasizes the...
“Get to the top on Google” Book Review

“Get to the top on Google” Book Review

google-book-review/">google" src="http://alessandrovalente.wordpress.com/files/2008/09/gtttog-cover-low-res1.jpg" alt="" width="109" height="145" />Get to the top on Google: Tips Techniques to get your site to the top of search engine rankings and stay there. Get to the...
Review of Google’s PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings

Review of Google’s PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings

The book Google's PageRank and Beyond: The science of search engine rankings is about the technology behind the ranking of websites, especially Google's ranking. It will give a little insight in how the Google algorithm works. In the abstract...
Google Strikes Back in China’s Holiday Migration Chaos

Google Strikes Back in China’s Holiday Migration Chaos

The last few weeks it has been in the news numerous times; in Guangzhou, South China, snow and ice storms have stranded tens of millions of people, most of them migrant workers traveling to their families to celebrate the...

Misspelling generator –> M1ssp3ll1ng G4n3r4t0r

In general, a search engine is presented as an objective tool, although it is its underlying code which defines the possible outcomes. An integral part of a search engine is the spelling control which suggests alternative words...
Baigoogledu ?!

Baigoogledu ?!

Today I came across the extremely original search site Baigoogledu. They claim to combine the search results of both Google and Baidu. Sounds nice but does it work? Yes, after punching in a search term it shows the results in...
Cooperation: Google, OpenSocial and social networks

Cooperation: Google, OpenSocial and social networks

<strong class="search-highlight">Google</strong>On November 2nd Google presented her “new baby”: OpenSocial. OpenSocial is a open source technology based on html and javascript, which allows networks to be open for gadgets and widgets from other sites. So why must...
Future of Google @ Club of Amsterdam

Future of Google @ Club of Amsterdam

In a series of ‘future of’ events, the Club Of Amsterdam organized a future on Google symposium on the 25th of October at the Industrieele Groote Club. Four lecturers were invited to give their views on the history, status,...

Dystopias after Google

Here at MofM we've done our share of google/">Google criticism, but I think The Last Psychatrist has one up on us. google_wrought.html">What Hath Google Wrought is a giant-sized portion of skepticism about the 'accidental monopoly', which...
blog.google.com: Internet finally subsumed by Blogs

blog.google.com: Internet finally subsumed by Blogs

It is well known that Google, which depends on every link it indexes to recommend search results, has a certain 'vulnerability' that blogs expose. Bloggers are professional-amateur-pointers. They publish frequently, they link a lot, and then they syndicate...

The collaborative Web 2.0

According to Wikipedia, collaboration is a structured, recursive process where two or more people work together towards a common goal - typically an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature - by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus....

Discussion about the spinplant

On October 1st Geert Lovink posted a previous blogpost about the spinplant on the Nettime mailinglist. This was the beginning of what turned out to become a sprawling discussion. This is a summary of the original post,...

Evil Google: A slave’s accusation?

Calling Google "evil" might just be the fashion of the day. We could also argue it to be a perfect example of Nietzsche's slave morality.
A dent in the stock market of technology?

A dent in the stock market of technology?

Google, Apple, Yahoo others of the technological part of the economy, suffered big losses on the stock market yesterday (de Volkskrant, 12/10/07). Whereas in the begining of the week their stock value went up they were now influenced by...

Making the Spinplant Relevant: more from Friedrich Nietzsche

<update> See bottom of the post and the comments </ update> About a week ago there was a small-scale furor on this blog and a Nettime-NL thread surrounding the spinplant. Laura (one of the very creative members of this...
Pingback Spam, Popularity and Protecting Investments

Pingback Spam, Popularity and Protecting Investments

This blog is a real magnet for pingback spam lately. While I’d like to take it as a sign of our growing popularity, that would be like being flattered by calls from telemarketers. Also, it probably says more about...

YOU have become Nietzsche’s Madman

Is Nietzsche’s Madman not a parable that is still appliable to the world of today? Let’s have a look and see for ourselves; —-Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours,...
Nietzsche – “Evil men have no songs”

Nietzsche – “Evil men have no songs”

Alternative realities presented by Google

The preceding couple of days, it has become extra clear that Google has become a very important source for defining our Truths. Not only Laura’s Spin-Plant (first Nettime post here) but also the 911truth.org issue, which Erik wrote about...

Report on the Forum on Quaero

As part of Open-Search, I was invited to participate in the Forum on Quaero at the Jan van Eyck Acadamie in Maastricht, September 29 and 30, 2007. The purpose of the forum was to question and investigate the European...
911truth.org dissappears from google

911truth.org dissappears from google

Update: 911truth.org reappeared in Google’s search returns on October 7. No explanation has been put forward yet, but this second coming has been nicely documented and visualized on the Issue Dramaturg . About a year ago...