A “meh” button: Many have commented on how the results are too alike to choose from. Many seem to struggle to choose one result the others.
More than “10 blue links”: Many have commented on how BlindSearch is interesting but search has evolved beyond a list of results. They commented on how they expected to do more with their results like view a map or images inline, preview results, quick access to related queries etc.
Surprise: Many were surprised that Google wasn’t always their choice. There were many instances of surprise that Google wasn’t as superior as they thought it was.
BlindSearch has been a great exercise and has really driven home that we’e only just begun with search. Thank to to all of you who keep using it and have found value in it. Please keep spreading the word.
We’re looking for a new Audience Lead at work. You will be managing many of the evangelists (including me) and marketers in DPE. This is a kick ass job, with great responsibility and frankly we want to ensure we get the right person for the gig.
I thought i”d be fun to see what happens when you do a search that doesn’t have branding. Are we swayed by the branding of our favourite search engines?
To figure it out, I thought I’d try my hands at building a ‘“Blind Search”. Basically, you enter a query, get back three results in random order then select the column which you believe gave you the best results.
update #1: The poll has been compromised. Probably equally due to my lack of leet skills and to the malicious person gaming it.
I’ve removed the ability to see the results until I sort this out. Meanwhile you can still have fun playing with blind search. Feel free to blame the douche for ruining it for everybody. Meanwhile, I wouldn’t take this a scientific whats-e-ma-jing, it’s just a bit of observational fun.
The irony, as most multimillionaire authors will tell you, is that it’s art that creates the commerce, not the other way around. Hugh set out to write a book that matters, not a book that will please everyone.
Researchers found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37 percent fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery and performed the task 27 percent faster than their counterparts who did not play video games.
Love that stat! And now I feel even prouder that my 5 year old is addicted to Lego Indiana Jones.
Thought I’d jot down some of the things that went down for me in the year that was 2008.
But before I do that, I thought I’d summarise , simply, this year was full of amazing people. I feel so privileged every day that I get to meet and hang out with cool, smart and inspiring people.
To everyone who had an influence in me becoming a better person this year, thank you! Most of you know who you are (you’re probably referenced in the post somewhere) and some of you are just so awesome that you have no idea of your impact.
This year was also full of travelling and speaking. I think I developed more as a public speaker this year more than any other.
Just for fun, I compiled a Wordle of all of the keywords from the feedback given at all of my talks this year.
And now the gory details of my year:
My blog continued to take a major turn. I”s nowhere near as insightful as it was (or at least as I thought it was). I”s hard to be a critic/analyst when you work on the coalface of one of the most criticised companies in the world. One day I will figure out the balance if there is one to be had.
I picked up my Canon TX1 this year and DG.TV was born. There is something to be said for having a 720p camera by your side wherever you go.
While at PDC, I gave Chris Auld his arm wrestle rematch and gave Adam Cogan an asswhoppin’ while I was at it.
I grew a mega-sized beard (coincidentally in (mo)vember). I reckon I subconsciously did it to buck the system.
Andrew Coates and I tried our hand at some Theatre Sports. We didn’t do too badly but could’e done much better. It did make us both want to do it again (and take some lessons). As it turns out, Improv ain’t all Improv
Spent the earlier months of the year encoding our childhood videos.
Shitloads of personal stuff also happened this year.
Professionally, 2009 looks like i”s going to be a big year. Things will change at work with new leadership and the sad departure of, IMHO, one of the last managers who “gets it”. We’ll find out this time next year I guess.
Thanks for being a part for 2008, and I look forward to an even more exciting 2009!