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Recipe Search Engine Opens Up New Dimension to Cooking

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Recipe Finder Home Page

A new player has entered the search engine arena, and it goes by the name of Recipe Finder. As the name implies, the new search engine focuses on recipes and opens up a veritable treasure trove for those who love to fiddle in the kitchen. Recipe Finder holds the distinction of being the largest recipe search engine in existence. It boasts a whopping 1.7 million recipes and 700,000 images – or thereabouts.

It does not plan on stopping at those figures, though. The search engine continues to index some of the most trusted recipe web sites one can find. As such, the database is an ever expanding collection of recipes. For now, the site indexes around 250 recipe web sites, but it is to be expected that the number grows with time as well. More →

Google: Why Use Bing! When You Can Search At The Speed Of Type

It wasn’t enough for the search engine giant to perfect real time search (making Twitter’s tweet stream useful for the first time) as it looks like the boys and girls at Google have once again redefined search while at the same time burying their competition.

Our search-as-you-type demos were thought-provoking—fun, fast and interactive—but fundamentally flawed. Why? Because you don’t really want search-as-you-type (no one wants search results for [bike h] in the process of searching for [bike helmets]). You really want search-before-you-type—that is, you want results for the most likely search given what you have already typed.

As you can imagine, searching even before someone types isn’t easy—which is why we are so excited today to be unveiling Google Instant. Google Instant is search-before-you-type. Instant takes what you have typed already, predicts the most likely completion and streams results in real-time for those predictions—yielding a smarter and faster search that is interactive, predictive and powerful. (Official Google Blog)

Despite the fact that Google already rules the search universe, it looks like the Mountain View giant’s latest innovation makes Bing! almost irrelevant, despite the latter’s assimilation of Yahoo! earlier.

If Google is able to successfully port this feature over to the mobile-verse, Bing! could be even further marginalized by Google who right now dominates the mobile map market as well as commands over 98% of the mobile search market.

Unless Microsoft has a secret weapon of some kind (perhaps the upcoming Windows 7 Phone?), Bing!’s attempts at dethroning Google just went from difficult to near impossible.

All Your Tweets Will Soon Belong to the Library of Congress

LibraryCongressWashDC 300x165 All Your Tweets Will Soon Belong to the Library of CongressTwitter is announcing several new and exciting things today at the  Twitter’s Chirp conference for developers. One of these is that the Library of Congress is acquiring, or archiving to be more precise all tweets posted on the Twitter public timeline starting from 2006.  This, according to the Twitter blog will be done because the Library of Congress deemed it worthy and useful for these tweets to be preserved.

So to show its support and cooperation to the Library of Congress’ invaluable work of preserving every bits of information important to America, Twitter is granting them access to the entire archive of public tweets – for preservation and research. Of course if you’re a heavy Twitter user, you’d know that lately tweets are becoming important part of the online news ecosystem and are becoming more useful than actual news reporting when communicating important events and most especially – emergencies and disasters.

Because of this, Twitter tweets are now part of the historical footprint that the Library of Congress must preserve and later on made available to researchers.  However, there is some restrictions to this arrangement.  Only after a six-month delay can the tweets be used for internal library use, for non-commercial research, public display by the library itself and preservation.

This news runs in congruent with Google’s creation of  the Replay feature in search. Google Replay lets you take a look back into past tweets that were indexed by  Google which are crawled as results of your specific searches.

What’s interesting to find out after this has settled in is how Library of Congress will make these  tweets available for public consumption and whether making this happen warrants some privacy issues.

Googles’s Bundle of New Search Related Features

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Google recently introduced twin cool features relating to its search services – one is for Android devices, while the other is on web search. But both are aimed at making user’s search experience no matter what the platform is – faster and more fruitful. So, let’s take a look into each of these two search-related features.

First up is Gesture Search for Android-powered devices running on version 2.0 or above in the U.S. This is a pretty cool method of searching content from Android phones. Not just cool but a faster way of finding information. And how does this feature works? Simply draw alphabet gestures on your phone’s touch screen and Gesture Search will give you a list of items that starts with the letter that you’ve drawn. It searches your phone’s contact, installed application, a bookmark or a music track.

It told you it was cool, right? Even cooler than the Nexus One’s voice-enabled search feature. In addition, this app (yes it’s actually an Android app) also learns your search history, so your phone’s search quality improves in time. Gesture search is available now for free in Android Market.

The other search-related feature is about making web search more personalized for individual users. And that is through star markers that will be displayed next to individual search results. If you mark a search result with a star, it will appear on a special list right at the top of your results when relevant, the next time you do a search.

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What’s good about stars in search is that you don’t need to exert extra effort in managing or using them. It just might even remind you that you’ve actually starred items related to your current search activity. In addition, this feature also syncs with Google Bookmarks and Google Toolbar, giving you an automated way of seeing your starred items.

So there, two new, cool search related features that Google introduced almost simultaneously.  Which of these two search features will you most likely use?

Yahoo Becomes a Real-Time Search Engine, Thanks to Twitter

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It didn’t take that long for Yahoo to achieve what seems to be the trend among search engines today – to become a real-time search engine. And what better way of doing this but by teaming up with Twitter to integrate the 600 tweets posted on Twitter per second, assuming of course that those tweets are public.

In other words, Yahoo and Twitter had agreed on an integration deal with several components. But this is not just plain Twitter streams integration to Yahoo search results, but there are other components  as well.

The integration was quickly implemented by Yahoo as soon as the deal was sealed. So, if you check Yahoo search right now, you will start seeing Twitter updates on your search results.

But that’s just one part of the deal. Once in full swing, the Yahoo-Twitter integration will allow you to do the following:

  • read personal Twitter feeds directly from various Yahoo online properties such as Sports, Mail, Updates and others
  • update your Twitter status as well as share content from Yahoo to your Twitter profile.
  • share your social actions on any website that appears on Yahoo Updates to your Twitter timeline
  • get quick pulse-check on various topics and trending on Twitter related to News, Finance, Entertainment and Sports

Of course as you all know that this is just one of Yahoo’s strategy on making itself social. It has recently sealed a partnership with Facebook as well. But this will have to take effect later this year.

So what’s next, Twitter?

Social Search Engine Aardvark Joins Google

googlevark 490x201 Social Search Engine Aardvark Joins GoogleWhenever I’m looking for an answer to a trivial question I normally type in the question on the Google search box. Yes, that’s how lazy I am. And so far Google search results are pretty much accurate and were able to give me some good links. Interstingly, most of the links to the answers given by Google are entries from Yahoo! Answers.

The point I’m trying to drive at here? Google badly needs a Yahoo Answers-like service. A crowd-sourced database of information that is of capable providing the best answer to the most mundane question that could possibly come up from anyone’s mind. And Google seems to be embarking on achieving that feat. To start off, it just acquired a social search engine called – Aardvark.

Aardvark’s model is pretty simple, you ask a question and Aardvark will find the perfect person to answer your question in minutes. Aardvark has several interfaces, via an iPhone app, IM, email and of course its web interface at vark.com.

Aardvark’s technology taps into the knowledge and experience of your friends and extended network of contacts. It analyzes your questions and determines what they are about until it is able to match each question to people who are knowledgeable about it to give you the final answer to your question. And it does that as quickly as it can.

Google has not announced yet how it is going to take to integrate Aardvark to its various products and services, but as soon as the deal was finalized, Google quickly put Aardvark into Google Labs.

With Google Buzz as a social sharing site and now this social search engine, Google is really getting into the social game.

Hell Has Frozen Over When Google’s Parisian Love Ad for the Super Bowl Rolled Out

As rumored awhile ago, Google indeed run their own Super Bowl commercial right after the 3rd quarter of the games.  And staying true to what it has grown accustomed to doing, Google’s Super Bowl ad was very simple sans all the fanfare of other Super Bowl ads. Google was not advertising any upcoming product or gadget or anything but rather decided to show the power of its localized  search engine. Simple as it is, the ad was able to convey its message well and has probably endeared many who have watched it.

Actually Google’s ad dubbed “Parisian Love” is an old clip. It has been on YouTube for three months now. So, instead of coming up with an explosive ad which could have cost them a lot of money, like the other ads Google was able to save some money as well. Except for the $30 million fee that it has to pay for the highly coveted 30 seconds  Super Bowl slot.

In case you’ve missed it during the airing, the Google Super Bowl commercial started with a search for “study abroad in paris france” and ended with “how to make assemble a crib.”  Yup, it’s a love story  for crying out loud! It shows how Google search can be a part of everyone’s life.  Simple, straight forward and extra-ordinary way of telling a love story with the help of a search engine. You’ve got to give it to the Google folks for pulling this one out effectively.

Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle is the Most Watched YouTube Video in 2009

Alright, to be honest I watched Susan Boyle’s audition video for Britain’s Got Talent just now. I’ve been hearing about it before but just couldn’t find the time to watch and be entertained by it. No wonder, it’s the most watched video on YouTube for 2009 with 120+ million views since April.

For the most watched music videos, Pitbull’s I Know You Want Me made it to the top with 82+ million views in 2009.

Here’s the complete list of most watched  YouTube videos and most watched music videos globally in 2009.

Most Watched YouTube videos (Global):
1. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent (120+ million views)
2. David After Dentist (37+ million views)
3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views)
5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

Most Watched music videos on YouTube (Global)*:
1. Pitbull – I Know You Want Me (82+ million views)
2. Miley Cyrus – The Climb (64+ million views)
3. Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A (54+ million views)
4. The Lonely Island – I’m On A Boat (48+ million views)
5. Keri Hilson – Knock You Down (35+ million views)

Aside from monitoring the most watched videos and music videos, YouTube also tallied the fastest rising searches for YouTube videos both globally and the U.S. searches.  In both categories, the fastest rising search term was – “inauguration”, obviously related to Pres. Obama’s inaugural video.

And here’s the complete list of fastest rising searches on YouTube for 2009:

Fastest Rising YouTube search terms by month (Global):
January: inauguration
February: Christian Bale
March: The Climb
April: Susan Boyle
May: Pacquiao vs Hatton
June: Michael Jackson Thriller
July: Michael Jackson
August: Usain Bolt
September: Kanye West
October: Paranormal Activity
November: Bad Romance
December: Tiger Woods

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Google Shows the World How to be the King of Search

Move over real-time touting searching engines of sort. Learn it from the pro. Learn how to do it correctly from Google – the master of web search, mobile search, voice search, and now real-time search. While others are still prepping up their plans to integrate real-time streams into their search results, here comes the all mighty G announcing its real-time search results.

Google’s real-time search lets you discover news while it is happening thanks to Google’s so called real-time algorithms.  It integrates live tweets, blog posts, news and other web content on a scrolling view embedded right on Google SERPs.

Even more fun is the fact that you can filter your real-time search results to include only updates from specific sites, be it Twitter, Friendfeed, Jaiku and others.

Google also added “hot topics” to Google Trends, a service that shows under what topics people are publishing their online content in real-time.

So practically now, Google can claim that is has finally answered the perennial question – “What’s Happening Right Now?”

Incidentally, aside from real-time search, Google is also introducing several new features to its other search-related products. Mobile Search can now be done by voice, location or sight through image scanning or what is now known as Google Goggles.

All these features will be gradually rolled out to everyone in the coming days. If you can’t see these features yet while using Google search, check out the attached video to get a feel of how Google Real-Time search does its tricks.

Google Launches Mobile Search for Movies

Did you watch the video first before reading this post? I really don’t think that those three fellas would watch New Moon together.  Three geek-looking dudes checking out screening schedule of New Moon using a Google Android phone? It just doesn’t fit.

Anyway, just disregard the actors in the video and let’s take a look into what they were trying to demo. It’s actually the latest mobile version of Google’s search results for movies.

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