Keynote by Patricia Martin. She says we’re living in a “Renaissance generation.”
- More blog content than the collections of the Library of Congress
- Facebook would be the 4th largest country
- More e-books published [last year?] than traditional books
Winners are those who can go from “me” to “we” (think of end users), empower creativity, manage the human interface.
In the future:
- No [one] “story”
- Screens everywhere
- Return on time (rather than investment)
- Cloud storage
- Story is the new killer app
ALA and Finca collaborated on a campaign to encourage the use of financial info in libraries.
Add value to your community:
- Put the user at the center
- Let users collaborate on rules
- Curate the human interface
Not sure what some of this means. Definitely food for thought.
Search Engine Update
There are now just two big search engines.
- Faster indexing
- Faster results
- Algorithmic changes (all the time)
- Search suggestions as you type (for example, weather, time, flights, spell check)
- Image swirl: visual links, related terms
- Real-time search: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. (Can get e-mail alerts of this **)
- Can find out what’s new at www.google.com/newproducts/
- (Privacy concerns from sites like Inside Google
- “More on this page” links
- “Intent classifiers” change results and 2nd-level options (synonyms, general/local/news results, difference points of view, product reviews)
- Bing Entertainment (5 million full-length songs)
- Bing maps
- Travel: fare predictions
- University search (Google had something similar)
- Event search
Yahoo: Now uses Bing index, but results sometimes differ.
Blekko: Uses “slashtags” to limit search results. In private beta; tweet or e-mail to beta test.
Factual.com has data sets.
Ask.com back to Q&A. Not really a general search engine any more.