Thursday, May 15, 2003

Adventures with Google!

Here are some of the more interesting Google searches that have led people to this blog of late:

speakers + "mark steyn" + contact
basem boshra
Steyn AND Asper
start work tomorrow Toronto

And my personal favourite:

austalians in belgium in the first world war

NB: That's "Austalians", not "Australians."
Yay for spelling errors increasing my hit count!

(Also, people keep searching for Rex Brynen and ending up here. Thanks Rex!)

And speaking of Google, here's a little story I like to call, "Google Rolls out Canadian News Site." From the Financial Post.

Google, the world's most popular Internet search engine, launched a Canadian version of its online news-search service Sunday evening.
Google News Canada went online alongside similar localized news services targeted at Britain, Australia, New Zealand and India.The different national versions of Google's popular news service are part of the company's plan to increase its international appeal. "We're trying to be a global news service," said Krishna Bharat, creator of Google News.
Google News, launched in September, differs from other news Web sites in that it has no editors. Instead, it uses clustering technologies to group headlines from different publications, allowing users to read multiple viewpoints on any news event. The sites employ Google's search technology to allow users to search over 4,500 online news sources. The site, which updates continuously, typically links to more than 100,000 articles a day.The prominence given to a particular news story is based on the number of articles circulating on the Internet about it.Google is targeting Canadians, because they are among the top visitors to Google. According to the most recent data, Google is the No. 4 site in Canada, and Canadians represent about 12% of Google's traffic."After the United States, Canada has the most traffic coming in to Google News," Bharat said.
Google opened an advertising office in Toronto last October, though as of yet, Google is not selling advertising on the Google News Canada site.
"We're concentrating on building a good product right now," Mr. Bharat said.
Mary McGuire, professor of online journalism at Carleton University, has been impressed by Google News. "I think the ability to search for news
stories that Google supplies is amazing," she said.

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