Google (and the rest of the web) must choose what will be important…

I hope Eric Schmidt understands the weight of his question:

“We can index real-time info now – but how do we rank it?”

Google has monetized the web, and barring any changes, the decisions it makes regarding real-time search will shape the future of online content.  You end up getting what you choose to measure.  You find what you are looking for.  Search algorithms are editorial decisions. Continue reading “Google (and the rest of the web) must choose what will be important…”

Social Search should change everything, BUT…

We are on the cusp of another period of disruption, this time fueled by rapid mobile internet adoption.  It only makes sense to look to filter and rank the fire hose of information.  Being able to do so via the people, places, and things a searcher finds important has a tangible value on the personal, social, and network level, not to mention a monetary impact for advertisers.

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Q: Am I allowed to copy images from newspapers, etc? What are my copyright obligations here?

I am positively giddy–yes, I said giddy–to introduce the newest contributor to Trading Eights.  Ronald C. Burkhardt has become a close friend and intellectual sounding board over the past few years, but more important for you, he is the most blog-savvy person I know.  I am indebted to him for his help in designing this site, for instance. Just about everything that looks good on this site is all his doing–and I’m glad I finally get to publicly thank him for that–and anything you don’t like…well, that’s probably my fault.   His series, “Metablogging,” will answer everything you (and I) have ever wanted to know about blogs and the Internet community. Love it or hate it, the blogosphere is fast becoming one of the most important social and political forces in the 21st century, and Ron is our behind-the-scenes expert. You can submit questions to him by clicking the “Contact” link at the top of this page.  And we really want to hear from you: Make him work! — AWO

A:  I would not copy images from websites, although I’ve seen some people use smaller degraded thumbnails (of charts, for instance) that point back to the originals.   In any case, proper attribution of any content is the defacto norm for most ‘professional’ bloggers.   Continue reading “Q: Am I allowed to copy images from newspapers, etc? What are my copyright obligations here?”