Archive for February, 2009

Google Bot by Tyler Jordan

I’m one of those lucky people whose life involves googling things up for a living. But spending nearly one quarter of my weekly working hours on googling, I began to notice some flaws Google, the biggest information churning engine presents in my very eyes.

1. Google results doesn’t get refreshed with time

Instead it chucks up some of the most boringly old web content that’s probably written even before the dot.com boom. The problem with google is that, whenever a site reaches the first in the ranking, it tend to permanently rot in the very same spot, as any below avarage google user would tell you that they’re prepared to click on anything that comes up first regardless of anything, which means the traffics to those sites ranked in the first are constant and this leads to my second problem.

2. Google’s loyalty to perfect 10

I was talking to a friend the other day who casually mentioned that she never bothers to look beyond the first 10 results in Google. Sadly that means she never gets to discover new and inspiring things that the searchland has to offer, as she’s only limited by the perfect 10 search frame. I mean why shouldn’t it be 20, 30, or even 100!!

3. Badly drawn Google

Why Google, one of the world’s richest tech company, cannot seem to invest in a decent holiday  logo designs? Graphic design has evolved beyond some silly drawings, read LogoDesignLove for goodness’ sake, and pay the artists well..

Despite all these flaws, Google is still our dearest search engine and stuff coming out of GoogleLabs are quite simply amazing but equally, I don’t think I should spend all my working hours googling only to miss out on hidden gems of WWW.

While I was browsing the red carpet photos from the last night’s Oscars, and looking at picture perfect images of the world’s most well dressed women,   I started to think that something was missing from the photos,. and it wasn’t the diamond sparkles, golden glow faces, nor was it the shininess of the widest smile exhibiting the perfect symmetry, but that  something could well be completely unintentional, I thought.  So I went  on a little experiment using mosaic image generator (below you see mosaic images built from thousands of photos found in Flickr pool).

 dita-vo-teese

Dita Von Teese

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

While the T-Mobile boogey flashmob ad has been the talk of the month, I’ve been invited to take a look at a new viral ad created by Kickers, the rock & wolling shoe brand. The brand has been synonymous with the British popular culture for as long as people from the 80’s and 90’s can remember, as such its shoes are still worn by the popstar feet from Jarvis Cocker (see below) and Arctic Monkeys.

jarvis-shoes

To carry on with the long-standing tradition Kickers pitched in at music festivals around the Britland last year to gather up revelers to throw down their fanciest footwork to come up with below crazy-snazzy viral.

Can you crowdsource a good pair of dancing legs like Kickers?

It’s been snowing for two days in London and it is the heaviest snowing since the 1990’s apparently! With so much snow falling densely over one part of the world, I’m sure there’s a butterfly effect somewhere on the otherside of the world, where there’s barely a snow flake in sight.

Although I wasn’t able to run out and dive into 5 inch snow and feel my socks go soggy, I’ve been snowreeling some 2,400 photos tagged under #uksnow on Flickr (all tagged in the last 48 hours), which I can tell is the biggest simultaneous photo tagging of the white stuff since the World Wide Web was born in the early nineties.

Both the scale of snow and photos taken, we can proudly claim, at least for once, that UK is the most amazing Winter Wonderland ever!

Photo by ciaranj75

Photo by ciaranj75