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Facebook Sociology: You’re More Likely to Post a Status If You See a Bunch of Statuses from Friends

Facebook Sociology: You’re More Likely to Post a Status If You See a Bunch of Statuses from Friends

By Josh Wolford January 21, 2014

Facebook is always screwing around with their news feed algorithms, or what they call “trying to show you better, more relevant content.” It’s not like Facebook isn’t constantly tweaking this, but they’ve been doing it a lot lately – or …

Science Finally Proves That Justin Bieber Sucks Science Finally Proves That Justin Bieber Sucks
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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke famously said that “the reason that people pirate, is they want access to good music. And they don’t get it because the radio is so shit.” Well, the blame may not rest entirely on the radio stations …

Computer AI Learns By Watching Videos Computer AI Learns By Watching Videos

It was both charming and frightening when Google made the robot brain that learned what a cat was just by watching videos of them on YouTube. The kind of artificial intelligence that makes these feats possible will obviously be the …

MIT Brains Work On “Smart Sand” Robots MIT Brains Work On “Smart Sand” Robots

Researchers at MIT are working on a project that could bring sci-fi fantasies to reality. But, then again, when aren’t they? Nowadays, if you want something built, you take wood or other materials and build or cut it out of …

Computer Models Help Predict Dementia Patterns Computer Models Help Predict Dementia Patterns
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Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have developed a computer program that has tracked the manner in which different forms of dementia spread within a human brain. They say their mathematic model can be used to predict where and approximately …

YouTube Changes Recommended Videos Algorithm YouTube Changes Recommended Videos Algorithm
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How many times have you finished watching a YouTube video, then clicked on a suggested video only to end up watching something that doesn’t interest you at all. YouTube is hoping to cut down on this scenario with a change …

Google Algorithm Testing – Search Giant Calls for Help Detecting Scrapers Google Algorithm Testing – Search Giant Calls for Help Detecting Scrapers
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Google announced that it is testing algorithmic changes for scraper sites – blog scrapers in particular. The company is calling on users to help them. “We are asking for examples, and may use data you submit to test and improve …

Google Provides Inside Look Into Algorithm Tweaking Process Google Provides Inside Look Into Algorithm Tweaking Process
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Google tweaks its search algorithms over 500 times a year. You may have already known that, but Google is sharing a new video today designed to give people a “deeper look” into how Google makes “improvements” to its algorithms. I …

Human Content Creation Still Safe For The Time Being Human Content Creation Still Safe For The Time Being
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An article at Harvard Business Review takes an interesting look at “seven things human editors do that algorithms don’t (yet).” They boil down to: anticipation, risk-taking, the whole picture, pairing, social importance, mind-blowingness, and trust. Clearly there’s still room for …

Google Activity That May Have an Impact on Rankings
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There are currently some interesting happenings with Google search that webmasters may want to pay attention to. The company, which is always busy, has been making moves, which may greatly affect its flagship product – search. This is all in addition to everything the company is doing in social media, mobile, gaming, advertising and everything else (which all may have their own separate impacts on search).

Google Tweaks Algorithm to Show More Results from a Domain
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Gooogle announced today that it has made a change to its algorithm that is supposed to make it easier to find multiple pages from a single site.

Suite101 Shares Thoughts on Google/Demand Media Patents

Google was recently granted a patent called "Identifying inadequate search content" that the Financial Times says appears to replicate part of the Demand Media approach to algorithmic content – a style of content production that is becoming increasingly popular among media c

Is This Google Algorithm Update Costing You?
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High rankings in Google search results are coveted by nearly all webmasters, but Google is constantly making changes to keep them on their toes. Actually, Google is said to make roughly one change per day.

One recent change in particular, however, has gotten some webmasters riled up. It’s being referred to as "Mayday," and some claim it is costing them money.

New Details on Google Caffeine Update
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Update 2:  Matt Cutts gave WebProNews another exclusive interview, in which he gave some more details about Caffeine (among other things. It’s only hitting one data center before the holidays, and it isn’t even live quite yet. Google will roll it out to more data centers in January.

 

 

Google Updates Blog Search Algorithm
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Google has updated its Blog Search algorithm after postponing the update earlier in the month. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable quotes Googler Jeremy Hylton who explains:

Digg Updates Algorithm
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Digg is making updates to its promotional algorithm. The idea is to make the site more useful to more people. A select few have long had the most power over Digg’s content.

How is Google Weighing Forum Results?
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There is an interesting thread going on at the WebmasterWorld forum looking at whether or not Google favors forums in search results. Matt Cutts tells me that he can neither confirm nor deny this. The thread is started by someone with the handle "bouncybunny," who posts:

Once it was directories, then blogs, now forums… maybe.

I have no empirical evidence for this, but it seems to me that Google is increasingly returning results from forum posts…