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Posted by on Nov 11, 2009 in Leadership | 0 comments

Google Magic and Web Intelligence

Everyday it seems as if we’re bombarded with more information than the day previous. To bring clarity to our digital lives, we will increasingly look to web intelligence tools. Google Magic is one of those web intelligence tools that is helping bring relevance, convenience and clarity to the digital world. The new Google Reader feature brings relevant feeds and posts based on browsing history. Therefore, my Google Magic stream is going to be different than yours. Google Magic was released a while ago, so I’ve had some time to experiment and see if it works. To my surprise, it does. Having browsed popular feeds with the Google Magic feature, I can tell you, I find much more interesting information than browsing without it. Google is a leader in web intelligence by incorporating a tailored experience to many of their services. For instance, if I search Super Freakonomics, next time I type “Sup,” Google will suggest Super Freakonomics. So I don’t need to type the entire search query over again....

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Posted by on Nov 2, 2009 in Business Development | 0 comments

Mozilla Raindrop and Web Intelligence Tools

Mozilla recently announced its new project, Raindrop. From the company that brought you Thunderbird, an open-source e-mail client, Raindrop aims to make the inbox fun again. By eliminating the democratic inbox (my work e-mail has the same value as a JetBlue coupon), Raindrop aims to bring some intelligence to e-mail. It will create a value hierarchy whereby e-mail that is more important to you will have a more prominent spot in the inbox. Though Raindrop will not provide all of the answers to e-mail, it taps into the emerging trend in web 2.0 (or maybe web 3.0) of intelligent computing. With seemingly endless amounts of data, it can be overwhelming to face it all. As a result, we are going to increasingly rely on technology that understands our unique preferences and does the sifting for us. Google Reader’s Magic feature is a great example of this. Essentially, Google Reader Magic scours the web for posts that are most relevant to you. As you build your user history, it can...

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