Data journalism, robots … and predictions on where we go from here

  At Google’s latest Digital News Initiative conference, held in Amsterdam last week, there were plenty of ideas being discussed around what the future of news looked like. The DNI involves Google investing millions of pounds in projects put forward by media organisations large and small from across Europe, which could help shape the futureContinue reading “Data journalism, robots … and predictions on where we go from here”

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ruling which entitles people to demand the search engine remove any results about themselves which they think are ‘outdated’ or ‘irrelevant.’?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”

Seven useful search engines for journalists

One of the first posts I wrote when I began this blog looked at alternative search engines to Google for journalists. It wasn’t a knocking post about Google, but a post which aimed to explore if there were alternatives to Google for journalists seeking information beyond Google’s first page. Earlier this year, it became theContinue reading “Seven useful search engines for journalists”

What can the news industry learn from the Meerkats?

Rupert Murdoch tells the world that Google should pay for the content it accesses from his websites. Google responds by saying it isn’t in the business of producing content, it’s just there to help people find it. And then the debate continues about who needs who more:  Do newspaper websites need Google to get anContinue reading “What can the news industry learn from the Meerkats?”

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…”

The X-Factor search experiment: Kandy Rain

On Thursday, in my first post on this blog, I explored the idea that by studying search trends you can pick an early winner of a a talent competition. This was based on the book “Click” I have been reading, by Bill Tancer of Hitwise. He demonstrated how it was obvious Mark Ramprakash was goingContinue reading “The X-Factor search experiment: Kandy Rain”

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?”