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Twitter Rescues a Word From Literary Extinction and Gives it a Whole New Meaning

The diagram below illustrates the steady decline in the use of word “twitter” in the English literature. It appears as though the word would have been nearly forgotten if it wasn’t for Twitter’s launch in 2006. Soon after that “twitter” becomes “Twitter” (or @twitter) and the first association is of a 140 character micro-blogging service, everything else has been shadowed by the new Internet phenomenon.…

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Bug in Google Date Range Search

While researching the history of the word “twitter” on the internet we tried using Google date range option to find out why there was a peak of mentions of “twitter” in 2004, two years before Twitter.com launch. The search query looked like this:

http://www.google.com.au/search?q=twitter&hl=en&tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:2004,cd_max:2004&prmd=ivnsu&ei=sL87Tab-BYiXcbm89IQH&start=0&sa=N

And results:

Twitter Search by Date Range

We’re pretty sure most or all of the above are in fact wrong but unsure why it happened.…

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Google PageRank Update: January 2011

Google’s famous algorithmic metric – PageRank has finally updated. Our team has noticed sporadic updates in January following with a more broad burst around the 20th of January. Google decides to push out the Toolbar PageRank values to public after a long waiting period.…

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Money VS Love

money-vs-love

Google’s Ngram Viewer tells a fascinating story when the mentions of the words “love” and “money” in literature from 1700 to 2008 are compared graphically. The line of money, cold and blue, and line of love, red of course, vie for the hearts of writers over three-hundred years of telling literary history.…

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Emotions are back in fashion!

feelings

Emotions – especially love – have been appearing more frequently in literature in the last ten years. “Love,” although always popular, has skyrocketed in use since 2000, as the Google Ngram shows. So too have the words “sad,” “hate” and “happy.” “Feelings,” too, has seen some growth since the 1960s – though since the “summer of love,” emotions seem to have been less taboo.…

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Google Crisis Response Includes Queensland Flood Information

Live Link: http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/queensland_floods.html

The Google Official Queensland Flood Information Page is a helpful resource for anyone looking for more information about the recent floods in this region of Australia. The website provides the latest news updates, maps, contact information, and opportunities to volunteer to help the people who have suffered because of the flooding.…

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Conversion Optimisation With Predictive Heatmaps

Feng-GUI offers attention analysis in the form of heatmaps.

It simulates the vision of humans during the initial 5 seconds in which they are presented with a visual. Feng-GUI then creates heatmaps that are based on an algorithm, which will predict what a human will most likely look at.…

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