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A Crowdsourced ‘Timeline for the World’

Posted in Media, photography, web by aldorf on April 29, 2011

Thanks Angela Maiers for your comment on my recent post around crowdsourcing tools. You recommended as a very useful tool. For almost one year  Josh FlemingTony Muse and Chris Taulborg have been hard at work building Des Moines’ newest startup, VineMe. VineMe is billed as a “social platform that allows the world to crowdsource content by time, tags, places and people.” (public launch March 31, 2011). Here is what Josh Fleming says about this new crowdsourcing venture:

“We want to curate life through visual content. I always enjoy discovering content in new ways. It’s why people flocked to the internet. It’s why Google quickly became a verb. It’s why apps are so popular. The combination of discovery and ease of use is what is driving technology today. We think VineMe offers both.”

Think Quarterly – New Online Magazine by Google

Posted in blog, ideas, inspiration, Media by aldorf on March 24, 2011

Google has quietly launched its own full-length online magazine, a quarterly publication whose aim is to create a “breathing space in a busy world.”

The first edition of Think Quarterly, based out of the U.K., is a 68-page dive into the world of data and its impact on business. The first thing most people will notice is that it’s a visually stunning piece of work. It’s a rich Flash app with Google’s quirky sensibilities and the in-depth writing you might find in BusinessWeek or Salon. Google’s quarterly magazine is edited and designed by creative agency The Church of London.

The articles themselves are thought pieces about major business and technology topics from a variety of freelancers and contributors. Google was able to snag Simon Rogers (editor of The Guardian‘s Datablog), Ulrike Reinhard (editor of WE Magazine), and other journalists for the project. Many of Think Quarterly‘s articles feature interviews with Google executives and technology leaders. Some of the people featured include Vodafone U.K. CEO Guy Laurence, Google chief economist Hal Varian and famed psychologist Peter Kruse.

“At Google, we often think that speed is the forgotten ‘killer application’ – the ingredient that can differentiate winners from the rest,” Matt Brittin, Google’s managing director of U.K. and Ireland operations, said in Think Quarterly‘s introduction. “We know that the faster we deliver results, the more useful people find our service.

“But in a world of accelerating change, we all need time to reflect. Think Quarterly is a breathing space in a busy world. It’s a place to take time out and consider what’s happening and why it matters.”

It’s unclear whether the new online magazine is another sign that Google is entering the media business or whether it’s just a project to feed the company’s intellectual curiosity. Google doesn’t describe its newest project as a magazine or a publication. Instead, Google calls it a book on its website and a “unique communications tool” on its Twitter account.

Regardless of what you call it, Think Quarterly is an interesting and informative experiment by the search giant.

(via Mashable)

Reverse Image Search – TinEye

Posted in photography, web by aldorf on November 24, 2010
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TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.

TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and we also accept contributions of complete online image collections. To date, TinEye has indexed 1,755,901,479 images from the web.

TinEye developed by Idée Inc., an advanced image recognition and visual search software company. Besides TinEye Idée develops several other image recognition based products and services used by the world’s leading imaging firms:

  • PixID – editorial image monitoring for the news and entertainment photo industry. Clients include Associated Press, Agence France Press, Splash News
  • Piximilar – visual similarity search for large image collections. Clients include Adobe Systems and Masterfile.
  • PixMatch – automated image matching and deduplication service. Clients include eBay, Getty Images, Digg, iStockphoto, M6, SmileTrain, Photoshelter.
  • TinEye API – commercial TinEye searching using image identification. Clients include eBay, iStockphoto, Spreadshirt, ClusterShot

Idée is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Toronto, Canada.


Google’s Weak Spot – Trying To Replace People With Algorithms.

Posted in ideas, internet, web by aldorf on November 23, 2010
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It’s not always just about Google and Facebook. But what happens on their level will actually effect the entire digital infrastructure.

(excerpt from an interview with David Galbraith)

“…The internet is a communication network, it needs people in it. Some companies are trying to replace people with algorithms, but I think it is a ridiculous idea. Google is imposing algorithms on us. Google or Google News have no human intervention. The Google car can drive itself without a human being behind the wheel. That is Google’s weak spot, what they are trying to do is fundamentally against the DNA of the internet.

And that’s the biggest difference between Google and Facebook. They are about people, and they clash frontally with the model of Google. Like all good battles, it will be fought on a fundamental level. It’s really algorythms vs people. The next big war on the internet. …”


New Search Tool – Flights Worldwide

Posted in web by aldorf on September 29, 2010

A new service that makes it easy to find the right flight, thanks to its drop dead simple visual interface.

Forecast: Apple Goes Search Engine?

Posted in web by aldorf on January 18, 2010

BusinessWeek cover story. A bold forecast by Jonathan Yarmis, researcher at Ovum.

“I fully expect [Apple] to do something in search.”…“If there’s all these advertising dollars to be won, why would it want Google on its iPhones?”

Google Zeitgeist Tools

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on January 7, 2010

Zeitgeist” means “the spirit of the times”. Google has several tools that give insight into global, regional, past and present search trends. Use them for everything from business research to trivia answers.

Google Trends – For a broad look at search query data, enter up to five search terms to see relative popularity over time.

Trends for Websites – Google Trends for website traffic data. Type in a website address to see visitors by region and related sites visited.

Insights for Search – A deeper dive into search query data for marketers and power users. Create your own lists of “most popular” and “fastest rising” queries for different geographic regions over time and by topic.

Hot Trends – The top 100 fastest-rising search queries right now (U.S. only). Updates throughout the day

Wolfram|Alpha, The Next Level Search Engine

Posted in blog, ideas, web by aldorf on January 6, 2010

Amazing stuff here. Stephen Wolfram, math genius, with an Introduction of his ambitious, longterm project Wolfram|Alpha. This is an engine for answers. Instead of a list of results like in Google, you get a mini dossier and nails the exact thing you want to know in realtime. Probably not fully developed but this is going to be the future for sure and will change the online search dramatically . Back in the days Sergey Brin of Google was one of his interns at Wolfram Research. Another intersting source is Wolfram’s blog.

And if you want Wolfram|Alpha for your iphone…there is an app for that.

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Posted in web by aldorf on December 24, 2009

And if you like reading more than writing search for books and compare prices at

That’s what killerstartups says about the site: is a site where bookworms and intellectuals can search for the books they want and compare prices from all over the internet. If you are a both a book lover as well as a bargain hunter, check this out.

This website is ranked 69,069 out of the top 1,000,000 websites.

Posted in blog, photography by aldorf on December 22, 2009

(Photo by Clyde Beamer) Onexposure is an artsproject and a photo community with a difference. Take the most talented photobloggers of the web and other famous photographers as well as many serious amateurs, select their best work and put it all in one place – there you have Onexposure.

See also: One Photo a Day from FWA.

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