Friday, December 11

Google Quick Scroll: A better CTRL-F

Today, Google announced an extension, Quick Scroll, for Chrome 4 Beta that utilizes your previous search while browsing. Consider their example query [belgian waffles served by street vendors?] and browsing a result:
... a small black box appears in the lower right hand corner of the browser with a couple snippets of text from the page that might be relevant to your query.... Quick Scroll analyzes things like proximity, prominence and position of the words to identify the most relevant content.
... who will be the first to reverse engineer the formula from the extension?

Wednesday, December 9

ICWSM 2010 Data Challenge

The ICWSM is a conference on blogs and social media. For the conference, they issued a data challenge.
The dataset, provided by, is a set of 44 million blog posts made between August 1st and October 1st, 2008. The post includes the text as syndicated, as well as metadata such as the blog's homepage, timestamps, etc. The data is formatted in XML and is further arranged into tiers approximating to some degree search engine ranking. The total size of the dataset is 142 GB uncompressed, (27 GB compressed).
The deadline is March 1st.

Something to look at after the SIGIR deadline....

Monday, December 7

Google Search Evolution Event

Google is hosting a press event at the Computer History Museum offering an "inside look at the evolution of Google search".

Danny Sullivan is live-blogging the event at SELand.