Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Is Google good or evil?

On the one hand they have stood up to the Bush administration and refused to provide data about searches to the Dept of Justice.
On the other, they are introducing a service for Chinese users that has built in censorship.
In both cases I see the hand of business: the reasons stated for refusing to hand over data is about not handing over trade related matters. While in China they want to penetrate the huge market, so are willing to provide a service, but at the price of censorship.


At 12:50 pm, Blogger Onlinefocus Team said...

Try instead of google.

Clusty is pretty good!

At 12:57 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Not so sure, it doesn't seem as uptodate as Google on the searches I did

At 9:07 pm, Blogger Onlinefocus Team said...

Well, I tried searching for " 'James Graham' Liberal Blog". Clusty came up with 220 results. The top results were automatically put into 10 clusters, such as a cluster of 13 results for "quaequam blog" , 5 for "fistful of euros" and 12 for "james Graham Brown" (a cancer centre in Kentucky).

The top of the quaequam blog results was for Feb 28 2004 (james's old blog USP), the second was for today. , the third was for Quaequam Blog in 2003.

What about Google?
A search for " 'James Graham' Liberal Blog" produced 16500 results. The first was for Quaequam Blog today, the second was for Quaequam Blog on 22 December 2005. The third was to the Liberal Dissenter in December.

Google might have the edge, but Clusty's clustering can be useful.


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