Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Wolfram Alpha – Google Killer?

So there is all the hype surrounding Wolfram Alpha and the belief that it is a potential google killer due to it being able to provide the “best results” to question.

The future of search? Or another cuil??

The future of search? Or another cuil??

Remember the fuss about cuil and how IT was the google killer.  Well the problem was it didn’t work.  I rememeber launch date I was on the site searching for the simplest possible things but couldn’t get one.  Even up to today, one would have thought they would have improved their technology, but a “vain search” on cuil gives me 3 results (one which is a page i deleted even), and google, well, a few pages (don’t i feel important lol – no more “Homeboy” appearing as the first result lol)..Wolfram Alpha – well, it isn’t sure what i want to do with my input..lol

cuil - all promises and no results

cuil - all promises and no results

There comes my point.  Wolfram Alpha cannot be a google killer (well at least not yet), due to the nature and requirements of the searches.  Searches are preffered in questions (which would definately help your everyday scholar – but which is still embedded on google searches too) – specific question (note preferred – have to take note though suggestions on what to do are brought up when nothing cannot be found – whereas google gives results and suggestion in some cases)…

So whether Wolfram Alpha will manage to take the market share of scholar’s, economists, and others keen on specific questions and results from comparisons, market trends, charts or any form of statistics (which i must say they are powerful in) – we wait and see if that’ll be enough to beat the population of google which is predominantly the one/two word searches and the celeb stalker..

Oh i just got a smile on – I just Wolframed (googled lol) Angelina Jolie and it seems to take longer than my “vanity search” (bet i wont try and compete with her on google huh..ummhhh – i wonder how much wikipedia is paying google though – another conspiracy..let’s all wire personal biographies of wiki lol..nope!!)….OOPS..spoke too soon – they gave me her full name, date of birth and place of birth (which is informatioin i rarely give out on the web – d.o.b and p.o.b.) – but it took long enough..

We salute Wolfram for the effort and the option – but in Google We Trust!

timbo!!

Google Me – Easy cyberstalking for the not so technologically gifted

So is Google taking on Facebook? Well, it seems so, and i can promise you this has a lot of reasoning behind it.

It seems the new “thing” is to google yor own name when you’re bored and have nothing to do sitting in front of a computer (how that’s possible I dunno – but then again).  And guess what turn up – if it aint your facebook page, connections – could be a few ridiculous incidents or comments – a High School picture you’d hoped was lost in History – and well, let’s just say chances are you are highly unlikely to find what you are looking for.

 

Profile Example

Profile Example

In Steps Google. Taking adavantage of their larger than life market share in the search department, they are now offering individuals an option to “control” what is displayed when someone “google’s them”.  Register for a google account, get your details on, including links to blogs, websites,linkedin, facebook, myspace, twitter – everything – upload a few pictures..and you’re home – Your life on everyone’s fingertips.  And imagine how Google can manipulate that – advertising revenue – they could swipe facebook off the map in an instant (unless of course if facebook launch a search engine – IMAGINE  that).

So many are disputing the cyberstalking idea. Well, if trends can be noted – these are bloggers – most of which have an idea on manipulating identity and search engines and protection as well right.  Now how about those who have not much idea about the possibilities.  Those who show their information – a lot of it – to anyone with acces to their facebook/myspace page.  At least that can be limited to friends (which we have now discovered dosen’t really mean what it means in social networking terms – hook ups / contacts / acquaintances maybe).  If you not agree – just go randomly through your facebook page and see how many have disclosed their physical addresses and phone numbers.  The facebook rush will take over and will see people disclosing too much personal information unnecessarily (main age group has been seen to be 14-23yrs old – stats).

So here is google bombarding you with unnecessary ads, your personal information on someone else’s fingertips, and eventually a knock on the door and you’re lying fingerless, no toes, tongue – in some ditch bleeding to death.

google-profiles

That said though – it can be an incredibly fantastic idea if used well.  So long as google does not decide to automatically fill in your details using your other goole accounts (say googletalk/googlemaps/ google reader/ blogger/ google aps/ orkut / picasa…well the lot) by default.  So for now you can have the luxury of filling in the deatils you want exposed and links you don’t mind showing – and you can ask your pals to “google you”, and boast a rather fancy well managed profile – till well, maybe google changes the requirements or decide to automatically enter you into orkut (which is not too shabby i must say myself – just didnt catch on).

So to those who enter information just to entr info – cyberstalkers can have access to the info since they do not need to be friends to view the pages….food for thought.  We wait and see how next goole is planning to take over the world.

No do not google me – I haven’t subscribed for that yet lol – however you can have you say and post comments, accusations, arguments – and we can chat about the new gadget for pedofiles and stalkers alike.

timbo!!