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Google Still Charging Advertisers for Conversion-Inflation Traffic from WhenU Spyware

In February and May 2009, I reported Google paying WhenU spyware to cover selected sites with those sites’ own Google PPC ads. These bogus placements perpetrate a practice I call “conversion inflation”: They let Google claim credit for purchases that w… → Read More: Google Still Charging Advertisers for Conversion-Inflation Traffic from WhenU Spyware

Google Still Charging Advertisers for Conversion-Inflation Traffic from WhenU Spyware

In February and May 2009, I reported Google paying WhenU spyware to cover selected sites with those sites’ own Google PPC ads. These bogus placements perpetrate a practice I call “conversion inflation”: They let Google claim credit for purchases that w… → Read More: Google Still Charging Advertisers for Conversion-Inflation Traffic from WhenU Spyware

Search Questions for 2010: What’s On My Mind

Happy New Year to the Noisy Community and everyone else in virtual earshot! I hope everyone is entering 2010 well-rested and ready for great things. And I don’t just mean shiny new gadgets. For me, 2009 marked the end of a decade-long run at Endeca, where I focused on bringing HCIR to enterprises. I’m particularly [...] → Read More: Search Questions for 2010: What’s On My Mind

Forget Real-Time, Give Us Over Time!

In a recent announcement, Twitter Platform / API Product Manager Ryan Sarver tells us that Twitter is: committed to providing a framework for any company big or small, rich or poor to do a deal with us to get access to the Firehose in the same way we did deals with Google and Microsoft. We want [...] → Read More: Forget Real-Time, Give Us Over Time!

Faceted Web Search?

Researchers from Microsoft say it’s very challenging. Google is trying, but there’s a long way to go. And Eric Iverson just wrote me to describe his own preliminary efforts to build faceted search on top of Yahoo! BOSS. I believe there’s a clearly established business case for faceted search inside the enterprise, for site search [...] → Read More: Faceted Web Search?

R.I.P. Modista

Long-time readers may recall my post about visual search startup Modista last November, or this guest post by one of its principals. Unfortunately, the story has a sad ending. I hope that both this technology and its developers find a good home.
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Recovering From Being Hacked

I discovered today that I’d been hacked earlier this week by a spam link injection attack. I’m still not sure how it happened, but I believe I’ve cleaned out all of the offending PHP from my WordPress installation. I’ve also removed most of my plug-ins in the process, and I may have broken some things [...] → Read More: Recovering From Being Hacked

Blogs I Read: UXmatters

According to Wikipedia, user experience is “the overarching experience a person has as a result of their interactions with a particular product or service, its delivery, and related artifacts, according to their design.” While I’ve never labeled myself a designer, I have always cared deeply about user experience, even back before my information retrieval days, [...] → Read More: Blogs I Read: UXmatters

LinkedIn Faceted Search Now Out Of Beta

LinkedIn started rolling out a beta version of faceted people search back in July. Now it’s officially out of beta, as announced on their blog. I’ve re-posted the video above in case you missed it in July. Interestingly, LinkedIn developed its own tool to support the combination of faceted search with social network search: Bobo-Browse [...] → Read More: LinkedIn Faceted Search Now Out Of Beta

Karaoke: A Hotbed for Micro-IR?

I’m a karaoke junkie and proud to admit it. But one of the challenges I regularly face, especially when I go to an unfamiliar karaoke joint, is finding a song I know well enough to sing. I’m sure I’m not the only person who encounters this micro-IR problem, and it occurred to me that there [...] → Read More: Karaoke: A Hotbed for Micro-IR?