Archived entries for Info Mgmt

Total Recall — Desktop Search Products Reviewed

PC Magazine has a nice review of the desktop search space.

Desktop search tools really can make our lives easier, and since so many of them are free, there’s little reason not to give one a try. Your mailbox isn’t getting any more manageable, your hard drive isn’t getting emptier, and after all, finding something on the PC right in front of you should be as easy as finding something on the Web.

And, I’m happy to spoil with their conclusion: “Our favorite, Yahoo! Desktop Search, is actually based on the same core software as the $75 X1 Desktop Search, and it offers almost all the same features.” (The main feature that Yahoo! didn’t pick up in their free version of X1 is the ability to index email outside of Outlook, specifically Eudora and Mozilla/Thunderbird.)

Blogging and Culture at Yahoo!

Mark Jen was fired from Google for blogging. The is old news. What’s interesting now is that he reports on his conversations with two prominent bloggers (and yahoo employees) about blogging at work, yahoo’s policy/stance on worker-blogging, at last week’s 106 Miles community meeting. It’s nice to see that Yahoo gets blogs and blogging.

after dave’s talk, i met russ. he apparently had been doing contract work at yahoo and just recently joined there full time. i took the opportunity to chat with him a little bit; mostly, i wanted to know why he chose to join yahoo out of all the other companies in the area. immediately, russ focused in on the culture and working environment. i thought, wow, a place that’s working on bringing revolutionary web technologies to the masses and a great atmosphere? sounds like a dream come true.

then, i met jeremy zawodny. since my story had started making rounds with the press, i had been compared to jeremy and scoble, but i had never expected to meet them in person. we got to talking and he shared with me his experience at yahoo, which also sounded great. jeremy told me that yahoo is extremely blog friendly and that posting their personal work experiences was perfectly acceptable – given, of course, that confidential information and NDAs aren’t breached. i left with his contact info and an invite to tour the yahoo campus.

FeedBurner Stats, Podcasts, Specialized RSS Clients


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Originally uploaded by natekoechley.

Feedburner, an RSS feed tracking company (that I use to understand my RSS statistics and readership), has been releasing some very interesting statistics recently. This batch provides some insight into the Podcasting space:

  • Since the beginning of 2005, the number of podcast feeds managed by Feedburner has more than doubled from 871 to 1746.
  • Four different rss aggregators specialized for podcasts are in the Top 50 RSS Aggregators list. This illustrates a trend that’s sure to continue… There are already clients specializing in aggregating video — how long until photo-specific show up?

Thanks for sharing, Feedburner, it’s a great post. Thanks also for the interesting and valuable service you provide.


“Search and SEE the Yellow Pages with a9″

I’ve been meaning to comment on this, but haven’t quite got around to it. As a service to my dear readers, I’ll just rip Gary’s content, so please show him some love and go read it over there (then come back!).

If you haven’t checked out the “just released” new yellow pages from Amazon.com’s a9 you really should. It’s very cool. In a nutshell, a9 have already taken more than 20 million street-level photos (what a9 calls block views) of each and every establishment in yellow page directories for 10 U.S. metro area and associated these images with each entry. You can even virtually walk entire blocks. It will be a real attention getter for a9 and perhaps, even useful! It’s a must see for everyone but it’s far from complete at this point. You can also browse/search the yellow page directory via this url.

Again, check out Gary’s wonderful ResourceShelf.

(I’ll add that this isn’t a new idea — several European sites already offer this functionality, and a company I can’t recall used to have 360 Quicktime’s of every intersection in New York, way back in ‘99 or 2000 (please leave a comment if you remember the name of that site.)

SMS Clipping with Yahoo! Local Search

Send search results to your phone from your desktop.

Yahoo! Local released a new search feature today, allowing you to quickly send clips of search results to you phone via a free SMS text message. You can do this directly from the search results page – no page reload necessary. It couldn’t be easier:

Here’s how:

From the front page of Yahoo!, click the “Local” tab to toggle the search box, and enter a local search. (Or use http://local.yahoo.com directly.) Search for anything you’d find in a yellow pages, or anything with an address. All your saved addressed from Y!Maps and other Y! sites should be available as locations to search around.

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From the search results page (SRP), click “Send to Phone” to send the listing to your phone. It’s sent via SMS I think.

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The Send interface is straight forward, and let’s you enter a phone number, or select a previously used or saved mobile number. (It seems to default to whatever number you’ve registered with http://mobile.yahoo.com, though that step isn’t necessary.)

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From the standard SRP view, you can click “View Results on Map” to see them graphically displayed around your search location. (Viewing results on a map is great, and also lets you quickly find nearby parking, ATMs, restaurants — even nearby public restrooms.)

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From this map view, click any of the numbered representations for more information, and the option to “Send to Phone”.

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Enter the recipient phone number in the same manner as from the SRP list view.

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The resulting message looks something like this:

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Give it a shot, it’s pretty good. (And if you haven’t played with Local search, this is the perfect opportunity.)

Congrats to my friends Chris and Jason, who were both involved with the webdev work on this.

Update: Gary Price at Search Engine Watch has an entry on this now.

Metafilter Tags

Matt Haughey writes: “Jumping on the delicious and flickr bandwagon, I’ve added tags to MetaFilter



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