March 17, 2013 |
If you are like me and spend hours trawling the Web to find the next best restaurant, travel destination or book, you might want to take a look at Qloo , a new "cultural discovery platform" that aims to make searches more personal and easier. The New York start-up, which launched in November, offers recommendations based on the user's tastes in music, film, TV, dining, nightlife, fashion, books and travel. "We are culturally much more than just your taste in an individual category," said Alex Elias, who co-founded Qloo with Jay Alger, chief executive of digital agency Deepend.
January 17, 2013 |
If you turn to Google before turning to a doctor when you're feeling icky, you're not alone. Last year, 1 in 3 Americans typed their symptoms into search engines and medical websites before seeing their physician, according to a Pew Research Center study released this week. And with the flu epidemic making its way steadily west, now seems like a good time to talk about the best way to search for health information online. Searching for medical advice online can never replace a visit to a living, breathing doctor, but there are ways to help you weed through the online clutter and get reliable information.
December 21, 2012 |
Kim Kardashian. Hurricane Sandy. Jeremy Lin. Big Bird. These timely phrases are not the most searched for terms of 2012. After analyzing the top 1,000 search terms across 60 search engines, Experian Marketing Services found that the most searched for term of 2012 was ... Facebook. And not because of the IPO. Facebook was also the most searched for phrase of 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. Why were people searching for Facebook? Presumably because they were too lazy to go to their browser's URL bar and type in facebook.com.
November 28, 2012 |
Google has come out swinging against German legislation that would require search engines to pay for using snippets of newspaper articles, photographs and other media content. German lawmakers are slated to debate the legislation Thursday, one in a string of proposals pushed across Europe by frustrated publishers seeking ways to survive in the Internet era. Google has likened the idea to making taxi drivers pay restaurants for dropping off customers at their doors. The company is now seeking to mobilize Internet users against the German measure, arguing that it would hamper their searches.
September 23, 2012 |
Here's a hotel search engine for the social media-obsessed. Name: Tripbirds.com What it does: Sorts hotel searches according to where your friends have stayed, which hotel has the most "likes" (as on Facebook) or Instagrams (as in photos shared on Instagram), social media interactivity in general - and, yes, price and star ratings. What's hot: I love that when I search for hotels in New York or San Francisco, Tripbirds tells me which of my Facebook friends have stayed there (and - scary - when they visited)
July 1, 2012 |
Mac users who search for hotels on the Orbitz online booking service are initially directed to more expensive hotels than PC users, Orbitz acknowledged last week. Orbitz defended the practice, saying the travel search engine is simply showing users what it thinks they prefer. Orbitz Chief Executive Barney Harford said data collected by Orbitz shows that Mac users were 40% more likely than PC users to book four- or five-star hotels. "That is just one of many factors that determine which hotels to recommend a given customer as part of our effort to show customers the most relevant hotels possible," Harford said in an email.