Posts Tagged ‘social search’

Yandex Social Search App Blocked from Accessing Facebook Data

Josh Constine of Tech Crunch reports, “Yandex begged Facebook not to shut down its social search app Wonder that launched [last week]. But the explanation Yandex’s lawyers sent us for why it’s compliant with Facebook’s policies didn’t stop Facebook from blocking all API calls from Wonder, Yandex confirms. Facebook tells me it’s now discussing policy with Yandex. The move follows a trend of Facebook aggressively protecting its data. Wonder has, or should I say had, big potential. When I broke the news that Yandex was readying Wonder earlier this month, I detailed how the voice-activated social search app for iOS let people see what local businesses friends had visited or taken photos at, what music they’d been listening to, and what news they had been reading. It essentially reorganized Facebook’s data into a much more mobile, discoverable format.” Read more

Google’s New Search plus Your World

Google has introduced a new feature to their search engine: Search, plus Your World. The official announcement states, “We’re transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships. We began this transformation with Social Search, and today we’re taking another big step in this direction by introducing three new features: (1) Personal Results, which enable you to find information just for you, such as Google+ photos and posts—both your own and those shared specifically with you, that only you will be able to see on your results page; (2) Profiles in Search, both in autocomplete and results, which enable you to immediately find people you’re close to or might be interested in following; and, (3) People and Pages, which help you find people profiles and Google+ pages related to a specific topic or area of interest, and enable you to follow them with just a few clicks. Because behind most every query is a community.” Read more

Charlene Yi Gives Her Take on Real-Time Updates and Social Search

In a recent interview, Charlene Yi, founder of the Altimeter Group gave her insights on the problems and possibilities created by social search and real-time updates. In the interview Yi states, “I think search is moving into this very interesting stage where it’s a combination of semantic web, the social web, and context. That combination will lead to a much more relevant experience.”

When asked about the challenges that social networking pose for search, Yi responded, “Indexing is extremely difficult when you have information coming in and people responding back and forth to the information… The second thing is understanding the meaning behind the information… When things are coming in real-time, how do you determine whether content is important or relevant to a particular search query?”

Yi also commented on questions of privacy:  “As we become more public in the things that we talk about, we actually become more private… I think people increasingly realize that what you say and do on Facebook is not private.”

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