new Web Trend Map

January 27, 2008

Information Architects Japan has updated it’s Web Trend Map for 2008 which pins the most influential web companies to the greater Tokyo-area train map.

To appreciate it fully, be sure to read the explanations on the 2007 map.

My favourite part is the web generation number.


TechCrunch reported recently that Delicious will be integrated into Yahoo search results. This is great new for users and Yahoo. user generated bookmarks will appear in search results and will indicate the number of users that have bookmarked those pages. Search results will also display the tags that have been supplied to those pages.

You can see what this looks like in the TechCrunch screenshot.

Great move Yahoo!

beyond Google

December 9, 2007

While Google may be the king of search, there are plethora of alternative search engines that you can add to your research repertoire. Web Worker Daily has a list of alternative search engines for custom search.

One of my favourites on the list is Clusty. Clusty is a metasearch site, that searches the top search engines and returns not only results, but a list of topics or “clusters” related to your search. I find this useful for for refining my search and finding relationships between my search terms.

Looking for more offbeat search engines? Take a look at eight great alternative search engines. The gem on this list is which searches over 10 million free and premium news and magazine articles. has six techniques to get more from the Web than Google will tell you, including tips for what’s trustworthy online. Things to consider include:

1. The URL domain.

2. Website audience size and reach.

3. Membership ranks.

4. Source materials.

5. Quality of links and listed resources.

What’s your favourite non-Google search engine?

Google’s SearchMash

May 16, 2007

Google just introduced a new unbranded search engine — SearchMash.

Search Engine Watch has a great review.  The site is in beta, and interestingly, there is no mention of Google on the Features page.

It will be interesting to see where Google takes SearchMash.  Stay tuned.

do you iGoogle?

May 15, 2007

I’ve been playing around with iGoogle lately.   iGoogle is Google’s personalized homepage. The i = you! iGoogle requires a you to create a Google account.

iGoogle offers ‘gadgets’.  You can create your own gadgets or use existing gadgets from their search directory.   There are hundreds of gadgets you can add to your tabbed personal pages including Facebook,, YouTube, news services, weather, calendars, video search sites, photos, maps, games … just to name a few.

Gadgets you can create include: Framed Photo, Personal List (i.e. Top 10), and Daily Me — “What are you doing? What’s on your mind? Share your day’s quotes, links, and ideas with everyone in your life.”

 Check out my Daily Me.

I created an RSS tab with the following gadgets: access to my Facebook account, automatic login to my RSS readers (Google Reader and Bloglines), and my bookmarks.

My video page includes access to my YouTube account, Google Video search and Flickr photos.

To learn more about iGoogle, check out the Official Google Blog.