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Small Update to the OPML Generator
The OPML generator revealed an interesting use case -- tracking the blogosphere's opinion on specific topics or products through comment feeds. However, this is typically not what folks want to add to their normal subscription list. I've refined control of the return of comment feeds and added the ability...
29 Oct 2006
Search Macros Recap: DiggRank and the Power of Trusted Networks
In case you couldn't tell, in microsoftie speak, I'm super excited about (advanced) search macros . I've created about 50 macros, the best of which I selected for the macro directory on this site. Almost all of these macros feature LinkFromDomain heavily. Significant portions of my work experience since...
17 Oct 2006
Live Search OPML Generator: Bootstrap Your Blogosphere Engagement
What does it do? : This app runs your query against the Live Search API with the feed: syntax , returning RSS feeds, and assembles an OPML file. You'll get the chance to choose from the results before generating the subscription list. What is OPML? : An XML format commonly used for managing subscriptions...
12 Oct 2006
Layered UI: Another Example in the Mac "Time Machine"
Nate put together a nice collage of some layered UI work we did back in the late 90s next to a recent ship from Apple: The webgraphics UI allowed a user to see all 10 titles and hover in to see details. The time explorer uses a cleaner mapping of y-axis to time, but lacks the the visibility advantages...
8 Aug 2006
News.com on MSR (re)Search. SIGIR in Seattle.
Wow, academic work covered by News.com ; well, it is research by sone of MSR's most talented information retrieval folks and the search competitive space seems to be a media favorite. One of the works discussed by News.com explores a nalysis of user behavior given a strong statistical model of normal...
8 Aug 2006
Searching for personal homepages only at Live.com
Google Blogoscoped covers a recent Matt Cutt's video session where the question of searching only personal homepages is addressed. We also recognized this need and crafted a macro for this purpose at Live Search. Here's what it looks like: prefer:intitle:""'s"" (homepage | intitle:""home"" | intitle...
3 Aug 2006
Live Labs Funded Research Projects: Take #1
I'm excited about the work coming from External Research & Programs: Microsoft Live Labs: Accelerating Search in Academic Research 2006 RFP Awards. One of the projects, from Suresh Bhanani and Lada Adamic at UMich, is going to take on deep clickstream analysis in a fixed content domain. In their...
9 Jul 2006
The nature of browsing is changing - report from WWW'06
Some good folks at the University of Hamburg published an update to some long standing historical numbers in web usage research that reveal the way users are browsing the web has changed dramatically over the last few years. Here's the punchline: Table 1: Comparison chart of three long-term studies...
21 Jun 2006
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