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A Completely New Landing Page for Bing Image Search

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Earlier this week Bing has introduced a totally new landing page for its Image Search Results. You will found completely new ways to browse images in this landing page. This attractive new image search page seems very attractive with new features like image collage or filters by color, layout, size, composition, style, people and so on.

You can also see a snapshot of most popular image searches on Bing. On the top of the page, you will see a tab suggesting more searches which helps you in discovering more images.
You will find a fresh and new image search experience with this Bing image search update. Visit Bing's New Image Search Landing Page now and experience the differences.

Algorithm Change Launched: Google’s Fight with Spam Starts

Friday, January 28, 2011

Today the head of Google’s Webspam team, Matt Cutts has announced a new algorithm change for Google. It will help in detecting and reducing web spam from Google’s Search Results. All websites which have low original content or copied content will be affected by this change. They can see a major change in their site rankings in search results.

Cutts mentioned this algo change was approved at weekly quality launch meeting happened on last Thursday and launched this week.

Cutts has announced it on his blog and also posted it at Hacker News. According to his blog “slightly over 2% of queries change in some way, but less than half a percent of search results change enough that someone might really notice. The net effect is that searchers are more likely to see the sites that wrote the original content rather than a site that scraped or copied the original site’s content.”

Cutts said they have re-designed a new document-level classifier, which will easily detect spammy & repeated words. This is the start of Google’s fight towards increasing web spam.

Larry’s Enter as Google CEO on 4th April 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

On January 20, 2011 Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has made an announcement through his post “An update from the Chairman” on Google’s Official Blog.

According to Eric “Larry will now lead product development and technology strategy, his greatest strengths, and starting from April 4 he will take charge of our day-to-day operations as Google’s Chief Executive Officer. In this new role I know he will merge Google’s technology and business vision brilliantly. I am enormously proud of my last decade as CEO, and I am certain that the next 10 years under Larry will be even better! Larry, in my clear opinion, is ready to lead.”

Eric Schmidt has joined Google in 2001, from last 10 years Google search has changed people’s life. Now, Eric will work as an advisor to Larry & Sergey. Apart from that Sergey will focus his time and efforts on strategic projects, basically new projects.

Let’s wish luck to Larry for new search improvements in future.

4th Annual Doodle 4 Google Contest Begins

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Google Inc has kicked off the 4th Annual Doodle 4 Google Contest. The theme of this contest is "What I'd like to do someday". All U.S. K-12 students are invited to participate in this contest. Google will reward an amount of $15,000 scholarship to the child who wins this contest. Also child’s school will get an amount of $25,000.

The Doodle which wins the contest will be featured on Google’s Home Page on May 20, 2011 for 24 hours. All the students must get registered by March 2, 2011.

Click here for registration.

Google will announce following prizes for this contest:
  • One National Winner 
  • Three National Finalists
  • Forty Regional Finalists
  • Four Hundred State Finalists
  • Two After School Program Awards

Guest Judges will include:
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Award Winning Actress
  • Jim Davis, Creator, "Garfield" Comic Strip 
  • Evan Lysacek, Gold Medalist & World Champion, Ice Skating 
  • Paul Tibbitt, Executive Producer, "SpongeBob SquarePants" 
  • Jeff Kinney, Author, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" 
  • Tony Cervone, Supervising Producer, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated & The Looney Tunes Show, Warner Bros. Animation 
  • Beverly Cleary, Author & Illustrator, Children’s Books 
  • Maira Kalman, Author & Illustrator, Children’s Books 
  • Scott McCloud, Cartoonist and various other illustrators, animators etc.
Visit Doodle 4 Google for more information.

Google Shows Competitor Links For YouTube Videos

Monday, January 17, 2011

Google has started displaying links to various search engines and video sites in its search results. But these links will be displayed just for music-related searches.

Try searching “Green Day” in Google, you will see the three video results from YouTube. Each YouTube Video will now include additional links for that video on other sites on web; they can be video sites or search engines.

In the below example, you can see results for Metacafe, MySpace and Dailymotion.

On January 14, 2011 Google has announced about better video results for music related searches. According to Official Google Blog, Google scans entire video content on the web and then its algorithm ranks the better sources of each video. Google has grouped results of same song instead of repeated results.

So, now you can choose among various video sites to see your favorite song.

Google Maps User Interface Changes

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Google is experimenting new changes for users in Google Maps. Google is continuously trying with new controls for navigation. Various Map features like white buttons for selecting maps or/and satellite view, drop down list for viewing buzz updates, photos and many other geo-taggable features will go away very soon. They will be replaced with stylish and graphical icons when you hover the mouse over them.

You can see many more features in “more” column. Every option from this “more” button includes some changes & new features added to Google Maps.

Recently, the Google Maps team has announced Google Hotpot activity integration into Google Maps. Google Hotpot is also available as iPhone Application. Maps has also introduced 45° imagery feature, which include high-resolution images of locations near United States. Google will also cover some social space more, as buzz is already integrated.

Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance Update

Saturday, January 15, 2011

On January 13, 2011 the Yahoo & Microsoft Search Alliance Team has accomplished a new milestone. According to Yahoo’s announcement they have moved one step ahead with transition of some Yahoo search backend functions to Microsoft search platform. This team has just completed the organic search process for three major countries Australia, Brazil & Mexico.

Yahoo has also announced to continue their efforts for quality transition with worldwide publishers & advertisers.

Keep visiting this blog to find more updated information.

Browse Google Maps to Find Friends Hotpot Activity

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Google Hotpot is a local recommendation engine where you and your friends can discover, rate and review your favorite places.

On January 11, Google has made an announcement that Google Maps home page will now show the hotpot activities.

To see it, just login to your Google Account and visit Google Maps. You will see that the left panel which used to blank formerly; is now showing latest hotpot activities of your friends. It shows how effectively Google is utilizing this space in Google Maps Home Page.

You can also see the friend’s hotpot activities, when you search on Google Places.

But this new feature is in its beta version. You can see some changes along with time. Visit Google Maps today to find the places recommended by your friends.

Google Partners with Edgenet for High Quality Product Data

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Google has taken an initiative to show high quality product data, it will help you for finding products offline in local stores. Google has also recently launched a new shopping website named You can browse more products with additional improvements in Google Product Search. There are also product listing ads which are open for US advertisers since last November.

In short, there are lot of improvements in Google Product Search and Product Advertising by Google. Now you can get more detailed data through Google’s Partnership with Edgenet.

Edgenet is a leading product content collection company to drive first time offering to manufacturers and suppliers. Edgenet has described its relationship with Google in following words…

“This service delivers complete and correct product information to help consumers find the products they’re looking for on and Google Product Search…….. Ensuring that shoppers have access to accurate and complete product data will improve the online shopping experience, and help consumers, retailers and suppliers”

This product data quality will ensure product content meets and standards which are set by Google. You can simple check a product page to find more information.

This high quality product data has also impacted organic search results on Google. A search result page for Canon digital camera will now look like below.

You can see the product search images in the center of the page while product listing ads are on the right of the page.

I am sure that this improved Product Search will help you in finding your product quickly.

Google Architecture Overview

Monday, January 3, 2011

In this post, I will tell you how the whole Google Search Engine system works.  You can see the complete Google functioning in below figure.

Google Architecture

This is a high level Google Architecture; several distributed crawlers are used for downloading web pages from the web. URLserver sends list of urls to the crawlers. Then crawler fetches the web pages and sends them to the storeserver. Then the storeserver compresses the fetched web pages and stores them in a repository. Each web page has a associated id number which is called docID. docID is assigned when any url is parsed from a web page. The indexer part reads the repository, uncompresses and parses the documents. The documents are converted into hits (i.e. set of word occurrences).  The indexer then distributes these hits into various set of barrels.

The indexer parses all the links in web pages and stores important information in an anchors file. The file contains all information regarding a link.

The URLresolver takes data from anchors file & convert relative urls into absolute urls, then turn them into docIDs. URLresolver also generates links database, which is used to calculate page rank of all documents.

The sorter takes barrelts data and resorts them by wordID and create an inverted index.

The sorter generates list of wordIDs and offsets into an inverted index. A program called DumpLexicon takes this list together with the lexicon produced by the indexer and generates a new lexicon to be used by the searcher. The searcher is run by a web server and uses the lexicon built by DumpLexicon together with the inverted index and the PageRanks to answer queries.

Referred by: The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine