Okay, let’s face it. Your attention span hasn’t improved since this morning and neither has mine. So here’s the afternoon’s news in bite-sized pieces so you can leave for your vacation guilt free.
- Good news: most people don’t believe everything they read on the Internet. 48% say that a small portion or none of online info is reliable, 38% think about half is reliable, and 13% think most of it’s reliable. (And yes, that does leave 1% that think all Internet information is reliable.) So it may be safe for most people to use Wikipedia.
- That’s right, put those profitless academics in their place: Live Search will shutter Book search and academic search. Because if Google’s taught us anything, it’s that only things that turn a quick profit are worth doing, and books are passé anyway.
- After last year’s comparison, Danny Sullivan revisits the four major search engine market share ratings services. Things look a bit more consistent this time around.
- We mentioned Facebook was almost done with its spring profile redesign earlier this week, and Read Write Web reports that it’s now open to developers.
- And to end, some news of the weird. You remember how AOL leaked all that user data? Here’s the most creative use yet (that doesn’t involve identity theft): AOL’s Leaked Searches Get Turned Into Play: USER 927. Apparently this is true.
Now go enjoy yourselves!