links for 2009-05-28


You Will Be Found…


…and once you’re found, you will be indexed.

I’m reading Ross’ reply to yesterday’s post and thinking about how easy it is for him to find himself on the internet.  With a unique name like his, he stands out and without even trying, you know that he’s going to be returned as one of the top hits on any internet search.

Above and beyond that, his contributions to education should be recognized as well.  He’s a technology leader, former member of OSAPAC, and is one of the key mover and shakers in Mathematics in the province of Ontario.

For a lot of these reasons, doing an appropriate search will dredge up all kinds of ref

erences.  I thought that I knew most about him but I did a search and found even more details.

So, the indexing continues in ways that we never realize.

I had a similar revelation myself the other day.  I was looking for a particular blog and stumbled onto a site that was indexing ME and this blog.  According to postrank, in its recent analysis, I had moved up 157 positions.  I didn’t even know that I was on the list!  Heck, I don’t even recall knowing about the list.  But, there I

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was.

Whenever I talk to people about online identify and the like, eyes typically glaze over.  Here’s Doug going on about some computer, nerdy thing again.  But it’s happening and happening everywhere.

Not only do we need to be aware of it, but more than ever, we need to be actively guarding the content and just what we’re becoming associated with.  Even more importantly, we’ve got to stop passively giving a nod and a wink to this with students.

Not only will YOU be found, but THEY will be found as well.  And, once found, what types of story and information will be delivered along with this discovery.

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links for 2009-05-27


Search Visualization


Welcome to another attempt to help you search and find exactly what you want quickly and efficiently.  As more and more information becomes available, search becomes more challenging.  Sometimes, you find great results.  Sometimes, not so great.  There’s a trend towards developing tools that let you get a real sense of what results “look like” before you take the time to click through.

Into this arena comes Spezify.

So, you look at the pointing finger and enter a search term.  What’s the most popular search on the internet?  “You”, of course.  So, let’s see what Spezify finds when I search for myself.

So, what did it find?  It finds my biggest internet presence.  You’ll see references to this blog, my wiki, and comments from Twitter.  A little colour makes the individual results stand out.  You’ll also note that there are some other internet resources including a reference to me on another blog and through Twitter.

When you click on the screen, your mouse becomes sticky and you can pan back and forth through the results.  The most relevant results appear near the centre of the screen when the search returns.  To the periphery, there are images from Flickr.  I’m not quite sure the relevance of those.  They’re not pictures of me or of anyone that I know.  A little more digging is required there.

Visualization is big and this may be a glimpse of things to come.  I’ve long used CoolIris for a visualization approach to searching for images.  This brings the rest of the web into the process.

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