Although there were some major searchable milestones this year, like Antennagate, the World Cup, and the release of Sex and the City 2, just to name a few, it seems that a bikini-clad Kardashian can take them all down with just a few Twitpics. Want to see who and what else topped Bing's search topics in 2010? Check out the list after the break.
But that's not all, of course — find out what else you can do on your Bus Ride after the break.
Although searching a certain celebrity may infect your computer with spyware, did you know that by searching the words "Bearshare" and "screensaver," it's pretty darn likely you'll click on a link that will infect your computer with harmful viruses?According to a new McAfee study, 46 percent of search links for the word Bearshare (a video and audio file sharing website) will lead you to malicious sites that are just waiting for you to click so they can attack your computer with malware and dirty viruses. And, if you ever go looking for a cool screensaver (why would you when you have this one right here), beware — 43 percent of those search results are dangerous links.
According to a study from Pew Internet Research, Google will not make us stupid. The study polled 895 technology stakeholders and critics on a variety of topics, including whether or not we're too dependent on the search engine. Most experts polled agreed that Google not only doesn't hurt us, it makes us more creative and deepens connections with other people.
Another interesting fact from the article: opinions were split over whether anonymity on the Internet would be possible in ten years. Slightly more than half of those polled believed it would be possible, while 41 percent thought it would be "sharply curtailed."
- Your choice of search engine says a lot about you — Switched
- Was Apple considering a 3D virtual Apple Store? — Gizmodo
- Aperture 3 released with some iPhoto integration — Dvice
- Check out this totally cute TicToc mini MP3 player — Oh Gizmo!
Another day, another huge Twitter announcement.Another day, another huge Twitter announcement. And this time, it involves two of the biggest Internet companies around. Both Microsoft and Google announced today that both companies would start including Twitter posts in search results.
The feature is already live on Microsoft's Bing; Twitter posts appear based on key terms and tweets about hot topics. Click the "see more" link and you're redirected to a page containing recent tweets (that refresh automatically!) and a list of top links about the topic currently being shared on Twitter.
I think this news is exciting. While your reactions are split over getting news via Twitter, it's become a prime destination for finding up-to-the-minute content. We'll have to wait and see how Bing and Google plan to fully integrate Twitter feeds into search results pages, but if the past is any indicator, the incorporation of Twitter will be a huge win.Ready to rev up a new search engine?
Ready to rev up a new search engine? Microsoft is gearing up to launch its newest search engine effort, the succinctly named (and Web 2.0-ish sounding) Bing, set for June 3, to compete in a market that Google currently rules.
Bing isn't totally new — Microsoft is essentially ditching and updating Live Search to bring you what they're hoping is a better search experience, promising things like "Instant Answers" and offering a simpler but more colorful interface. Hey, it worked for Google.
P.S. This isn't the first time Microsoft has tried something risky to get people to switch to their search; last year they offered to pay you for using their search engine.The May issue of Esquire offers up a snarky boys club guide on how to "google efficiently."
The May issue of Esquire offers up a snarky boys club guide on how to "google efficiently." Sure, it made me giggle and was intended to entertain, but I can't say I found any of it particularly helpful or informative. Esquire says:
- Save time by typing in "gogle.com," instead of "google.com." Google automatically directs you to its site. Those milliseconds add up, people. In the time it takes you to type that extra o, you could already be enjoying a reggae version of Christian Bale's rant.
- Go to "Preferences" and change the default display to one hundred results instead of the usual ten. This is a huge time-saver. You don't need to click "Next" — you just scroll down.
- Finally, the book search, which I believe is the most underutilized Google feature. Whatever the topic, search the books and you'll find dozens of relevant passages (highlighted in yellow!). If you're writing an email or making a presentation, it makes you seem educated. And as professor Tara Brabazon says in her book The University of Google, education is...well, why don't you just Google it?
To see what I think of this guide, and check out my tips for saving time, read moreIn this economy, it's pretty likely that some of you are out of a job.
In this economy, it's pretty likely that some of you are out of a job. But if heading into your cube farm made you cry every morning, and you can't stand the idea of doing it all over again from the bottom up, then take this time off to really find what it is you're looking for in a job. Then get cracking. Thankfully, employers know the power of the Internet, and you no longer have to pound the pavement in your best Jimmy Choos to find a job — you can do it from the comfort of your PJ's and wrapped in the loving arms of your couch. Check out a few (or all) of these job sites to help you on your way to employment bliss.