Removing all trace of appearing in a vox pop … or why using the ‘right to be forgotten’ is an own goal

What sort of person contacts Google to make the most of the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling which entitles people to demand the search engine remove any results about themselves which they think are ‘outdated’ or ‘irrelevant.’? This week, publishers began to find out who was making the most of the opportunity served up byContinue reading “Removing all trace of appearing in a vox pop … or why using the ‘right to be forgotten’ is an own goal”

So, about picking the X Factor winner from search…

Ok, so I’m not sure where I’m going with this. A week ago, I decided to test out Bill Tancer’s theory that by monitoring search trends, you can determine who will win a talent contest (a televised one, of course) several weeks in advance. Of course, Bill has the benefit for all the Hitwise dataContinue reading “So, about picking the X Factor winner from search…”

Five search engines (other than Google) for journalists

Warning: This isn’t a knocking post about Google. Google is great for the vast amount of searches we do, but it’s always dangerous as a journalist to fall into the trap of only ever using one search. If Google does have a problem, it’s the fact that with so many different organisations competing to beContinue reading “Five search engines (other than Google) for journalists”

Can the winner of X Factor be predicted on search trends?

I’ve been reading Bill Tancer’s brilliant book Click over the past few weeks. It’s one of those books you won’t pick up if you assume you understand how the web works. If you don’t make that assumption, and you do pick it up, it’s fascinating. Bill is general manager of global research at Hitwise andContinue reading “Can the winner of X Factor be predicted on search trends?”