Posts Tagged ‘index’

Twitter Scales Back Archive

January 15, 2010

Users complaining about Twitter’s disappearing of tweets older than a few weeks will be displeased to hear that now, messages are only kept for seven days before being erased.

Indeed, according to SearchEngineLand, the reason behind it is tied in to Twitter’s massive popularity. It seems that Twitter now sees so much traffic that it’s impossible for the service to store and index much more than a week worth of content from its users. The upshot of this is that, to use the example the folks at SearchEngineLand used, a search for “Happy new year” constrained to the first of this year will return no results… strange stuff indeed.

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Google Offers Location-Sensitive Search

January 15, 2010

Google has announced that it is to offer location-sensitive search as an option for those of us with Android-based devices or Apple’s iPhone to offer more accurate search results.

According to a post on the Google Mobile blog from members of Google’s mobile engineering team, the project is should allow for search results to be prioritised based on a user’s current location. The example given is one in which a user searches for the word “Muse” and the suggestions that appear vary according to location. For those in the Boston example, suggestions included “museum of science boston” and “museum of fine arts boston.”

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Murdoch to Remove Own Pages from Google?

November 9, 2009

News Corps’ Rupert Murdoch certainly has a bee in his bonnet about search engines; now he’s being quoted as having said that his pages will be blocking search engines.

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He's clearly considered this move carefully...

According to Australian news site Mumbrella, Murdoch took time during his trip to Australia for the News Corp earnings call to respond to questions about search engines. For those who has missed it, Murdoch had intoned a month ago that news aggregators, like Google, were getting a “free ride” from content producers like News Corp’s various media outlets and that it was a situation that couldn’t continue.

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Google Voice Makes Messages Searchable, Public

October 20, 2009

Due to a bit of a slip up in the manner in which voice messages are shared using its popular Google Voice service, Google made a number of its users voice messages searchable to the general public last night.

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In news that’s just strange enough to make us pleased that Google Voice isn’t offered to those of us in Europe, Google basically made it so that just anyone could have a poke through voice mails it had indexed. Of course, it later turned out that only users who had linked to their voice mails from another site were having their voice messages presented to search users.

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Google Docs to Appear in Standard Searches

September 21, 2009

Google has announced that in about eleven days time it will be making changes leading to certain Google Docs files and spreadsheets showing up in Google searches by just about anyone.

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Normally we would expect announcements like this to feature fairly prominently on one of Google’s manifold blogs, but this time word of the change comes from a thread posted in the Google Docs support forum, which simply states that “in about two weeks we will be launching a change for published docs. The change will allow published docs that are linked to from a public website to be crawled and indexed, which means they can appear in search results you see on Google.com and other search engines.”

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