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  • drdianehamilton 2:03 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Google News, movabletype, , TypePad,   

    Blog Overload: Who Has Time to Read it All? 


    There is no question that the blogosphere is growing.  According to webdesignerdepot “WordPress has statistics for both WordPress.com (15.1 million blogs and counting) and self-hosted WordPress installations (17.4 million active installations), which gives part of the picture. There are more than 10 million tumblogs on Tumblr. Blogger doesn’t offer any public statistics on how many blogs they host. Technorati is currently tracking more than 1.2 million blogs. And there are likely millions of other blogs out there hosted on other services like Movable Type, TypePad, Expression Engine, and other CMSs.”

    There is no shortage of blog search engines to find blogs that contain information of interest. There are also lots of articles by sites like Forbes and others who occasionally list their idea of top blogging sites.  Google and Google News features can be incorporated into an iGoogle page, and can be another way to keep up with topics to follow. 

    With all of this information out there, who has time to read it all?  Bloggers know it can be good form to make comments on others’ blogs.  However, finding the time to not only read these blogs but formulate insightful comments may be difficult. Even if people find a good blog to follow and subscribe to their RSS feed, as sites continue to be added to the feed, the feed reader may have more information than people have time to visit. 

    There has been speculation about when blogging popularity will die down.  The latest discussion is whether Facebook will replace blogging and company websites.  Cnet reported, “Even if Facebook doesn’t somehow supplant lots of Web sites, though, there’s no denying the social network is becoming more important to marketing, and it’s adapting to the idea.

    With technology constantly changing, people may find it difficult to keep up with it all.  To get an idea of just how many blogs and how much information is out there, check out the following graph:


    Ever wondered how many blogs are there on internet?how big is the blogosphere‘. How much revenue is generated from blogs? what are the key demographics for the blogging publishers? and what are the languages used used online? This Infographics is an answer to these questions.


  • drdianehamilton 11:07 am on November 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Google News, , Rich Skrenta, , Vertical search, ,   

    What is Blekko? Can the SlashTag Search Engine Compete With Google? 


    Blekko promises user-friendly search experience 

    image via bigmouthmedia.com


    Blekko has been in development since 2007, but it has only recently become available to the public. Blekko is a search engine that has its sights on Google’s business. To do this, they are focusing on what they can do differently.

    The New York Times reported, “Rich Skrenta, Blekko’s co-founder and chief executive, says that since Google started, the Web has been overrun by unhelpful sites full of links and keywords that push them to the top of Google’s search results but offer little relevant information. Blekko aims to show search results from only useful, trustworthy sites.”

    Out of curiosity, I ran Alexa web statistics on Blekko to see how they were doing. Over the last 30 days, their website traffic has increased 12.7%.  Alexa also had the following to report on Blekko, “Blekko.com’s three-month global Alexa traffic rank is 21,705. Search engines refer roughly 11% of visits to the site. The time spent in a typical visit to this site is about four minutes, with 43 seconds spent on each pageview. The site is located in the US. Compared with the overall internet population, Blekko.com appeals more to men; its audience also tends to consist of childless people earning over $60,000 who browse from work and school and have postgraduate educations.”

    Blekko uses slashtags to help you get more accurate results. Some are calling Blekko the slashtag search engine because of it. If you are not familiar with slashtags, searchenglineland explains them: “Slashtags are a way that anyone can make a “vertical” search engine around any topic. For those not familiar with the term, a vertical search engine is one that lets you search in a specific area of interest, rather than across the “horizontal” spectrum of all interests. Google is a “horizontal” search engine that lets you search for anything. Google News, in contrast, lets you drill into one slice of interest, news content.”

    Think of slashtags as something like this:  drdianehamilton/books.  By doing this search, it pulled up more specific information about my writing.  It can be helpful to make the search more specific.

    Why the name Blekko?  Co-founder, Mr. Skrenta, used to refer to his personal computer in college by that name. 

    For more information about Blekko, check out the following link from WJS.com.

    If you would like to know what Blekko has to offer, check out the following video:

    • Jessie Reynolds 8:33 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Blekko is definitely a cool new search engine. The slash tag feature is unique and gives it an edge that people will be interested in. However, I do not think it will ever reach the popularity of Google due to it’s complicated nature. I think Google’s greatest strengths is it’s simplicity; it’s so easy anyone can use it to it’s full potential. Blekko is not like that.

      Coming from someone who doesn’t have a lot of time on her hands, having to learn how to use a search engine does not appeal to me when I have Google available. Of course I took the time to learn about Blekko, but I’m in the industry. I don’t think the average person will want to do that.

      I’ve done some research and I think the best new search engine is Bweezy. Similar name, but very different from Blekko. Bweezy offers Google results, which I love. It also lets you open search results in the same window as the search, which eliminates the need to open a ton of tabs! I’d check it out if you’re into new search engines.

    • Yanto 5:03 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      So, it’s a new search engine… does it provide a link to submit a site, just like other search engine?

    • Cory 7:38 pm on March 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Never heard of Blekko before today. I typed a very specific search for my local credit union into the address bar of Google Chrome. Instead of getting a Google search Blekko popped in from nowhere and instead of the specific site popping up Blekko displayed four other sites above the one I was trying to get. I went into Chrome options and reset my preferred search to Google, did the search again and this time obtained the desired site as the first search option. It doesn’t appear that Blekko’s intended purpose of delivering only highly relevant results worked out in this case of mine. If you were to ask me, having my Chrome browser preferred search of Google hijacked to use Blekko instead, and having Blekko deliver four suspicious results above the one that I very specifically typed in information for is REALLY REALLY REALLY suspicious.

    • Marlon Licup 4:19 pm on April 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Blekko does seem like a good search engine when it comes to narrowing down searches but i am not sure if it is as user friendly as Google. I think the ones that will use Blekko are the ones that are internet savvy. I am not sure if the average person will use it. It is great for web designers or developers. Great tool to use for a client because the search results can get really precise to a few results rather then Google where EVERTHING shows up!

  • drdianehamilton 8:32 pm on October 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Google Blog Search, Google News, , ,   

    Google Search Tips: Using Google’s Lesser Known Functions for Research 

    With the popularity of Google, odds are you have probably tried using their search engine a time or two.  However, many people are unaware of how to refine their searches using Google’s lesser-known functions. 

    • To find information about a specific website, try inputting something like:  “info:drdianehamilton.com” – be sure you type in the parentheses.
    • Utilize the asterisk function.  For example:  “Facebook * millennials” will give you results with only those words.  If you just searched by “Facebook” and “millennials” you may have words between the two in your results.
    • Google does not recognize short words such as the, a, and, it . . . Nor is it case sensitive. However it does differentiate between singular and plural as i the case of “millennial” or “millennials”.

    If you are interested in some other search-related tools offered by Google check out the following sites:

  • drdianehamilton 2:22 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chris Crum, Chrome Web Store, , , Google Apps, , , Google News, , WebProNews,   

    “Google Me” is Probably Already Bigger Than Facebook | WebProNews 

    Is Google Me already bigger than Facebook?  Check out the complete article at WebProNews by clicking here.  Here are a few highlights from Chris Crum’s article: 

    So let’s compare Google (as one big social network) to Facebook, feature by feature.

    Facebook has the news feed. Google is reportedly working on the activity stream. Facebook has chat. Google does too (text, voice, and video). Facebook has photos. Google does too, with Picasa Web Albums and various other complementary photo-related offerings. Facebook has videos. Google has YouTube (and Google Video). Facebook has notes. Google has Blogger. Facebook has Pages. Google has Profiles.  Google has email. Facebook may at some point (MySpace just added it last year). Facebook has games. Google is working on getting more. Facebook has news publications setting up Pages. Google has Google News. Facebook has the Open Graph. Google has search (all kinds of search…and maps).

    Facebook has Facebook Ads. Google has AdWords, AdSense, and Doubleclick. Facebook has applications. Google has Google Apps, the Apps Marketplace, Android, the Android Marketplace, Chrome, Chrome OS, the Chrome Web Store, Google TV which will support Android apps and web apps. Google is also trying to get a music service off the ground.  And let’s not forget Google Calendar and Google Reader – two very user-personalized products.

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