Google a Threat to Quality?

I know I’m a little late to comment on the Google Base story, but I spent all day moving home, which kept me a little out of the loop.

That being said, it’s amazing the information you can browse from your Blackberry. ;-)

It’s scary to think of how the internet will look in a few years, thanks to Google. While there is no doubt that Google’s plans to introduce low-cost or free services, is appealing to many, you can’t help but think that the quality will suffer.

Google Base is a good example. If indeed the new service becomes a free alternative to eBay, and eBay loses market share, where will the innovation come from? There are many instances where I could use a free service for my needs, yet the adage, “you get what you pay for” is always so true.

Google Releases Q3 2005 Earnings

Gary Price has a good summary of Google’s Q3 earnings announcement.

…net income for the third quarter was $381 million as compared to $343 million in the second quarter, an increase of 11%

Blog Spam Upon Spam

Not sure who Christian Richardson is, but he sure likes creating a lot of search-related blogs. More than 60 blogs!!

Jupiter Podcast on Blogging

Gary Stein points to a recent Jupiter podcast on blogs.

Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI): What it is, how it works and what it means

By Michael Marshall

LSI is a methodology for automatic document classification. It examines all the words in all the documents of a corpus and calculates similarity measurements for each document or for individual terms. It can gauge very accurately which documents in a corpus are really relevant to a search phrase even if that search phrase does not appear in a document. Measuring relevancy is a key component of a search engine’s ranking algorithm. When search engines use it, LSI can have a significant impact on the ranking of your web pages.

Bambi Francisco Chats to Yahoo About Podcasting

Bambi Francisco has posted her interview with Yahoo’s head of products, Geoff Ralston. In it, she chats with Ralston about their new podcast site.

Google’s BlogSpot Hit With Spam, Mark Cuban Vents

Dallas Mavericks owner and IceRocket.com investor Mark Cuban let’s Google know exactly what he thinks of their inability to stop thousands of spam blogs appearing over the weekend.

The blogosphere was hit by a blogspot.com splogbomb. Someone did the inevitable and wrote a script that created blog after blog and post after post.

Im not talking 100 blogs with a 100 posts each. Im talking what could easily turn into 10s of THOUSANDS of blogs pinging out millions of posts !

Some Cuban’s suggested fixes are not exactly practical.

Its not an imposition to ask a blog poster to confirm their post with a link inside an email, or a word confirmation.