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Random Thoughts on Google SearchWiki

November 21st, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 7 Comments

I don’t know if you have noticed but Google launched Search Wiki yesterday.

With Google SearchWiki, signed-in Google users can now customize their search experience by re-ranking, deleting, adding and commenting on search results. 


  • The re-ranking changes you make are private and only affect your own searches. 
  • Your comments are visible to the public 

Random thoughts on Google Search Wiki:

  • You need to be very brave to change usability patterns in your world-leading-search-cash-cow (!)
  • Why wasn’t it tested as yet another interesting Google Lab project?
  • The arrows “soup” is really too much for the lonely-searcher –> way too many arrows if all you wanted is just search.
  • The comments I saw until now are mainly spam or not interesting.
  • The most important feature in Search Wiki is a way to turn it off but it is still missing…
  • It is a good time to change your default search engine ;)
  • Is it only me or Search Wiki have the lively smell all over it?

I must be missing something since the Google guys are very far from being stupid (to say the least) and it will be a very interesting to see if Google will change the search experience yet again with this move.


Update (10 Dec. 2008) : Marissa Mayer promised that Google Search Wiki would soon have a toggle button that allow people to turn it off (“early Q1.”) – I can’t wait… :)

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Unauthorized Network Activity at Google Developer Day | 2008

November 4th, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 1 Comment

I have missed the latest Google Developer Day due to other obligations (we have uploaded a brand new people directory to the Delver site :) and although the Chrome session by Bill Hesse was very interesting (so I was told), I felt lucky when I saw the email the participants got after the event (a.k.a. “Unauthorized Network Activity at Google Developer Day”)

From: Developer Day <developerday.il@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM
Subject: PLEASE READ: Unauthorized network activity at Google Developer Day
To: ####@#####.com

Dear attendee,

First of all thanks for attending Google Developer Day yesterday, we hope you found it useful. Unfortunately, we need to let you know about an incident which took place during the conference which you may need to take precautionary action on.

We identified unauthorised activity on the public wired Ethernet network which was provided by the convention centre for conference attendees to access the Internet. This may have affected a limited number of  attendees accessing websites and online applications through the wired Ethernet connection. We have no evidence so far to suggest that the wireless network also provided at the event, and which was used by most attendees, was affected.

Due to the unauthorised activity, there is a chance that if you used the wired network, any user name and password entered to access a website may have been put at risk. When trying to access a secure website (a website using https), you may have received an alert indicating that the page had an invalid security certificate. In any case, we advise users as a precaution to change the passwords for any websites or services they accessed through the wired connection during the conference.

We’re really sorry that this has happened but we believe that the vast majority of attendees won’t have been affected by this incident. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at future events very soon.

The Google Developer Day Team

→ 1 CommentTags: Conspiracy · Google

Google Trends on Election Day | 2008

November 4th, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments

4 November 2008 | Election Day | Top search terms by Google Trends

early voting results 2008

poll results obama vs mccain

free stuff for voting // a little suprising… ?! :)

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Solid State Drives

October 2nd, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments

5 intriguing facts on SSD

The 1st  modern SSD was developed by StorageTek in 1978 (which was acquired 27 years later by Sun for US$4.1 billion)

Google plan to use Intel’s SSD in Production Search Systems in Q2 2008 – The company’s adoption of solid state drives will save energy, speed search, and potentially lead to a shortage of 16-GB and 32-GB NAND flash chips…

Prices for SSD drives are expected to halve every ~9 months (!!!)

In the future everything will be on SSD ;)

We have bought a simple OCZ 128GB – SATA II 2.5 SSD for benchmarking and we are not too happy with it yet.

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I18N Blog Perfection

November 20th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments

Central Bank of NigeriaDue to the increasing demand (~300% in the last week) for I18N support in my blog, I decided to take action.

My pragmatic ROIDB (ROI Driven Blogging) approach brought the Google-Translate-Widget to the left pane of my blog with ~20 minute copy-paste work (this post included).

I almost tripled my blog exposure from 350 Million (English) Internet users to 1 Billion* internet users (85% of the world internet users) and I also hit the pareto princple (80/20) jackpot on the way :-)

But… I can’t really use the “I don’t have enough traffic due to I18N readiness” excuse anymore and the 3 people that allegedly asked for I18N support only wanted to “help” with my desist Nigerian cousin will arrangement so I am not so sure it was worth it after all…

Feel free to get a taste of this I18N perfection using my new left-pane state-of-the-art translator widget and with my personal favorite Spanish Blog Flavor


* 365 English + 184 Chinese (!!!) + 101 Spanish + 86 Japanese + 59 French + 58 German + 47 Portuguese + 34 Korean + 31 Italian + 28 Arabic = ~1 Billion Internet users (Based on internetworldstats.com statistics)

→ No CommentsTags: Google · Internet · Pareto