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Society of the Query #2 Program booklet
The program booklet for the conference is ready! You can check out the full program, details about the speakers and their presentations, as well as the lovely design by our partners, Studio Inherent. You can download the booklet from here. Enjoy and see you next week!
Russia challenges Google and Yandex by unveiling plans for a new search engine called “Sputnik”
The world is familiar with Sputnik as being the first artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. But this time, the famous name is being used for another ambitious project that competes with the US industry – a search engine that would challenge Google and even the local Yandex. The project comes [...]
Facebook now supports search within the timeline
It is becoming more and more obvious that Facebook wants to have a piece of Google’s cake. Not long after Facebook’s newest updates to its Graph Search, the social query tool is getting yet another refresh. In a recent blog post, Facebook just announced that users are now able to search for “status updates, photo [...]
Now available: Ippolita – The Dark Side of Google
The Dark Side of Google by Ippolita was published as #13 in the INC series Theory on Demand, October 2013. Read the book online, download the PDF, or order your copy through print-on-demand. In The Dark Side of Google Italian writers’ collective Ippolita provides a thorough, fresh analysis of what is behind the universe of [...]
Google unveils new “Hummingbird” search algorithm
On par with its 15th anniversary, Google just recently revealed a few updates to its search engine, containing a major refresh to its search algorithm which has been given the name “Hummingbird”. Amit Singhal, senior VP at Google, mentioned that the new algorithm influences about 90% of all searches and its purpose is to sustain [...]
Data drive series kicks off with Siva Vaidhyanathan and Adam Florin at the University of Amsterdam
Siva Vaidhyanathan and Adam Florin were invited to speak at the University of Amsterdam on September 17 for the Data Drive event which is the first in a series of lectures organized by Robin Boast, Jan Hein Hoogstad and Sander van Maas. Data Drive aspires to be a research program that delves into the intersections [...]
Seeks – a collaborative search engine
Seeks is a free and open source venture accredited by the Affero General Public License 3, which allows users to share their queries to search engines and thus provide an alternative to the existing market leading search portals. Seeks works by grouping users with similar queries so they can share the results as well as [...]
Thomas Petzold @ Society of the Query #2
Among other important speakers, the second day of the Society of the Query #2 conference will bring you Thomas Petzold. Watch him below at TEDxBerlin and get tickets here.
Google is knowledge. Yay or nay?
Albert Einstein was quoted for saying “Never memorize something that you can look up”. Of course, at that time, looking up something meant actually going through books and finding information. Nowadays, with Google being a few keystrokes away, not knowing something means you simply have to “Google it”! But is the act of using a [...]
In Spanish: La sociedad de la consulta: La googlización de nuestras vidas
Geert Lovink’s article ‘Society of the Query: The Googlization of our Lives’, is translated in Spanish and free for download in PDF at the e-zine DENKEN PENSÉE THOUGHT MYSL. Follow this link and feel free to share! La sociedad de la consulta: La googlización de nuestras vidas. For further reading also check our resources page, [...]