How Yahoo! Handles Meta Refresh, Manipulating News Search Results, Why the Web is Cool...

Nov 24th

Refresh:
Not sure if anyone posted this anywhere, but I think Yahoo! reps reported how they treat meta refreshes at the WMW search conference. I think they stated:

  • Meta refreshes of less than a second are to be treated by Yahoo! Search as a 302 redirect.

  • Meta refreshes of greater than a second are to be treated by Yahoo! Search as a 301 redirect.

Google Local:
goes global

Froogle Wishlist:
make your wishlist today...

Message Management:
Amazon Simple Queue Service

Cost Per Click:
Graphs and article showing where the best reported return is based on CPC. Generally low cost ads provide the best return at #1 and as the cost gets more expensive it may make a bit more sense to rank at #2 or #3.

Track Stuff:
Google News to RSS (found on Blogoscope)
PubSub

Quote Stuff:
Lyrics are expensive :(

Write the News:
Gaming Google News is really really easy (many people were doing it before the election too).

You can broadcast any message you like...fast and cheap. Many people will probably make bank releasing holiday shopping news press releases.

Watch What You Write Though:
Internet Archive pages are admissable into evidence

Inspiring:
I read tons of information about the web and perhaps spend too much time on it. Right now I am kinda sorta on vacation, and yet at 5am I can't help but want to read and learn about the web. Adam Bosworth has an amazing post which explains exactly why I like the web so much and why I want to learn so much more about it.

My general take on his artilce is: software, languages, systems, communities, personalities and business models which are flexible, honest, accept feedback, are grounded in humanity, and are easy to use will spread faster and be more successful than those which do not have those traits.

From his article:

The value is in the information and its ability to be effortlessly aggregated, evaluated, filtered, and enhanced. ... The currency of reputation and judgment is the answer to the tragedy of the commons and it will find a way. ... I find this deeply satisfying. It says that in the end the value is in our humanity, our diversity, our complexity, and our ability to learn to collaborate. It says that it is the human side, the flexible side, the organic side of the Web that is going to be important and not the dry and analytic and taxonomical side, not the systematized and rigid and stratified side that will matter.

If you only ever read a few articles about the web and its underlying technologies this should be one of them.

Also if you have not yet took a peak at The Tradgedy of the Commons you can by following that link :) I have glanced at it a few times, but hope to fully read it today.

Economic Problems?
The goodness of the web may not be enough to avoid extreme economic problems. The fall of the dollar could hurt bad. Only time will tell if / how we will evolve. Meanwhile, we shall enjoy the tax breaks.

Published: November 24, 2004

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