Introducing the ‘DwellRank’ search algorithm

Quartz’s Christopher Mims has written a piece about Blippex, a search engine which weights results based on how long people spend on a site and how many times its users have visited (as distinct from Google’s PageRank, which weights more on how many other pages on the web link to it). Blippex’s algorithm, called DwellRank, decides …

Are Kiwis *really* that into downloads and marrying their cousins?

Noah Veltman has grabbed and compared Google search suggestions from the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Suggestions from Google in New Zealand for “Is it legal…” and “Is it illegal…” seem to be all about downloading movies, music and TV shows – along with marrying your cousin and having a pet sloth. Interesting …

“Search engines have conditioned students to expect to be able to find information quickly and easily”

Below are the main points highlighted in a Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project survey of US teachers about How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. Access a wider range of resources Virtually all (99%) AP and NWP teachers in this study agree with the notion that “the internet enables students to access a …