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Banning ‘Bad’ Robots & Crawlers

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Every now and then I see web traffic spikes due to ‘bad’ web crawlers – So what is a ‘bad bot’ or ‘bad web crawler’ or ‘bad web spider’? Virtual Rights – do we have any? Not really –  I think that we should have expectations of non-abusive access to any resource that we have Continue reading →

Slings! Arrows! Barbs! Slashes! – Search: What’s Next?

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

February/2011 – Search Tech-Leaders from Google, Bing & Blekko discuss ‘search’ & ‘web SPAM’… This content was found by accident only a few days after being created/published – some interesting views and worth some reflection. In one of the videos Matt Cutts (Google) comments on what appears to be Bing’s  end user’s use of Google Continue reading →

Data Mining – Web Content Spammers & Blekko

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Have you noticed how the quality of pages that search engines are leading you to has/is declining?  Wonder why? [Lots of questions  in this post…] A partial answer:  content farms – web sites where articles are created based on hot topics; articles typically provide minimal useful information, are heavy with SEE (search-engine-enticements) but pages are Continue reading →

Recent Google search enhancements

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

In case you did not notice, there are some interesting new features in Google search – the video below (from Google) provides a quick introduction.  Note the new types of relationships as well as time-sensitive options that are now possible.

Wolfram Alpha – sort of live…

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I happened to notice that the Wolfram Alpha team was continuing with live beta – the first few queries were quickly returned.  Then I got: Looks like they are getting plenty of beta-time.

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