Visual search engines will be at the center of the next phase of evolution for the search industry, with Pinterest, Google, and Bing all announcing major developments recently. How do they stack up today, and who looks best placed to offer the best visual search experience? Historically, the input-output relationship in search has been dominated by text. Even as the outputs have become more varied (video and image results, for example), the inputs have been text-based. This has restricted and shaped the potential of search engines, as they try to extract more contextual meaning from a relatively static data set of keywords. Visual search engines are redefining the limits of our language, opening up a new avenue of communication between people and computers. If we view language as a fluid system of signs and symbols, rather than fixed set of spoken or written words, we arrive at a much more compelling and profound picture of the future of search. Our culture is visual, a fact … [Read more...] about Pinterest, Google or Bing: Who has the best visual search engine?
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There is not a week that goes by that I do not come across someone posting on a forum stating that they have been penalized or even banned by Google, Yahoo or another search engine. Most claims do not have much merit. The individual just assumes they have been penalized because their site is not ranking well for search terms they think it should or they don't know how to check if their site is indexed in a search engine. Even seeing a grayed out PageRank meter in the Google toolbar can lead people to assume the unthinkable - "I've been banned!" However there are times when a web site has indeed come under some kind of penalty or has been completely removed from a search index for one reason or another. In this article we will look at ways to avoid such penalties as well as ways to redeem yourself if you have experienced this misfortune. … [Read more...] about Avoiding Search Engine Penalties or Getting Out From Under Them
The Google Search Evolution event today featured a fair amount of discussion of the impact of mobile on the future direction of search and the user experience. There was a flurry of announcements about mobile products and feature upgrades, summarized on the Google Mobile Blog. Danny live-blogged the event. Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Engineering, discussed how mobile and the intrinsic features of increasingly powerful smartphones are going to change search: processing power, location awareness, voice and the camera. In fact Gundotra discussed how Google is seeking to integrate location awareness more deeply into everything its doing online and on the handset. After the general remarks that “we may be at the beginning of the beginning” of a new era of computing and search, he turned to the product announcements: Voice Search with More Languages Gundotra explained that Google Voice Search has dramatically improved since launch and that recently the company added support … [Read more...] about Google Mobile Gets “What’s Nearby,” Voice Search Expands & “Goggles” Search By Snapping Pictures
Google has been talking for years about “building the Star Trek computer,” a conversational machine that understands and naturally communicates answers to spoken questions. The company has been making incremental progress toward that objective. But with the launch of Cortana on the PC, Microsoft may have leaped ahead of its rival. Microsoft’s new holographic goggles, HoloLens, and digital assistant Cortana were the undisputed stars of last week’s Windows 10 event. And as Microsoft prepares to roll the new PC operating system it’s interesting to consider the future of web search in a world of artificial intelligence and digital assistants. (Google’s Voice Search is available on the PC but offers limited functionality. Siri is not yet on Apple’s PC operating system but will likely come to it later this year or early next year.) As it was explained to me, Bing provides the “intelligence engine” or “intelligence fabric” at … [Read more...] about Cortana Expands The Boundaries Of Search, But Will It Eventually Eat It Too?
In 2008, TinEye became the first image search engine to use image identification technology, and in 2010, the Google Goggles app allowed users to search the physical world with their phone cameras. But in the last couple of years, visual search has come into new prominence, with companies like Pinterest and Bing developing into serious contenders in the visual search space, and search engines like Splash conceptualising new ways to search the web visually. We now have an impressive range of visual search methods available to us: we can search with images, with part of an image, with our cameras, with paint on a digital canvas. And combined with applications in ecommerce, and recent advances in augmented reality, visual search is a powerful tool with huge potential. So what can it do currently, and where might it develop in the future? Then and now: The evolution of visual search Although the technology behind image search has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years, … [Read more...] about The new wave of visual search: what it can do, and what might be possible