Disruptive Searcher’s been rather too quiet. Odd, since there are so many topics she could/should be covering at present.
To start with there’s the high profile more-than-somewhat disruptive debate around the recent “right to be forgotten” ruling and what Google has been told it must do, the implications and whether it really solves a problem at all…and what that problem might be exactly.
My next blog post will give a more considered view rather than this (albeit typical of the internet age) soundbite, as I think the ruling raises a lot of significant questions around web content, searching, openness, users, our expectations and more. It does bring to mind one of the main truisms pertaining to the internet/social media universe:”if it’s free, you’re the product”.
Then there’s a useful posting from the lovely and long-established SearchEngineWatch, not wholly unrelated to the Google issue perhaps, which offers us a way to Escape Google With 12 Search Engine Alternatives – well worth a read. Not just for increased privacy, but for a different search experience, and some search engines which are especially well suited to a particular type of search.
Then there’s the excellent Karen Blakeman’s recent blog posting of some top tips for Google searching. These are taken from feedback to her valuable training workshops on advanced searching, so she regularly blogs the latest top 10. I always seem to find a new tip every time I read them.
What else? Well finally, I quite liked the news that an artificial intelligence algorithm has been given a seat on the investment board of a Hong Kong company, complete with voting rights! Part of the reason for this unusual move is that it searches around and then gives objective advice. Is this the future? It could be quite disruptive to the executive decision-making process.
Phew, that’ll do for now.