Bookmarked How I Made Google’s “Web” View My Default Search (Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.)

Forget AI. Google just created a version of its search engine free of all the extra junk it has added over the past decade-plus. All you have to do is add “udm=14” to the search URL.

Source: How I Made Google’s “Web” View My Default Search by Ernie Smith


In response to the news that Google is adding “AI overviews” to its searches, Ernie Smith discusses a simple hack shared by Danny Sullivan where you add “udm=14” to the search in order to get a web view. Alan Levine discusses how he implemented this solution by adding a shortcut in the browser, including Google Chrome.

Replied to Whose ethics? Whose AI? (helenbeetham.substack.com)
Helen Beetham follows up here keynote to the Association for Learning Technologies (ALT) winter summit on AI and ethics, unpacking a few questions that were raised. The two points that stood out to me were that rather than teaching ‘prompt engineering‘, we need to update search skills in a part-AI world:

What I think we probably should do, working with our colleagues in libraries and study skills centres, is to update our support for search skills. Help students to understand what the algorithms are hiding as well as what they are revealing, how to search when you know what you are looking for as well as when you don’t, the business models as well as the algorithms of search, and how search online is being systematically degraded both by commercial interests and by these new synthetic capabilities. We may conclude that students are better off learning how to use the walled gardens of content that academic libraries and subscriptions provide – which ties in with my arguments about building our own ecosystems. That will also equip them for search ‘in the wild’.

Source: Whose Ethics? Whose AI? by Helen Beetham

And that rather than inviting cynicism regarding the use of various tools to write essays, opportunities need to be found to talk to students about what agency they have to shape their own futures.

“Stephen Downes” in Downes.ca ~ Stephen’s Web ~ Whose ethics? Whose AI? ()

Bookmarked Google Search Operators: The Complete List (42 Advanced Operators) by Joshua Hardwick (SEO Blog by Ahrefs)

In this post, I’ll share 15 actionable tips to help you master search operators for SEO

Joshua Hardwick provides a long list of the operators associated with search queries.

Alan Levine aka CogDog in Sharpening The Trailing Edge Technology of Google Custom Search Engine – CogDogBlog ()

Bookmarked A New Google (Daniel Gross)

[TL;DR: Google has gotten bad; we all know it; ideas for a startup making a better Google.]

Daniel Gross talks about using query to improve searches within Google Search:

Introducing Boogle, a proxy for Google that’s just Better Google Search. It’s a query expander. We predict the correct operators for your query, proxy Google’s results, and serve. For example:

query("stripe.js example") -> query("stripe.js example (site:github.com OR site:gitlab.com OR site:..."))

query("is anker charger") -> query("is anker charger (inurl:forum OR site:reddit.com OR ...))"

Query topic modeling is a rich science with plenty of examples.

Bookmarked Don’t ‘just Google it’: 3 ways students can get the most from searching online (The Conversation)

Most students think they know how to use the internet to search for information, and teachers agree. But this isn’t always the case.

Renee Morrison reflects on six years of research into the way students use search engines. She shares three things young people should keep in mind to get the full benefits of searching online: search for more than isolated facts, slow down when looking things up online, and take control of the process rather than relying on Google. Along with Dan Russell’s better web search techniques and Ryan Holiday’s advice for research, Morrison’s suggestions provide a useful point of reflection.
Bookmarked The Joy of Search: Why We All Need to Be Better Searchers…and How to Be Better (clalliance.org)

A useful strategic trick to get to a deeper understanding of your research question is to write up a mini-essay that presents all of your information and frames what it is you’re trying to figure out. I’m 99% convinced that having to write something down (and have that writeup make sense) is a great method to making sure that all of your ducks are in a row. If you’re being honest with yourself, you’ll pick up all KINDS of mistakes in your reasoning and data.

Dan Russell shares some strategies to support the searching for information. The most interesting one was the idea of collating the ideas and information in the form of an essay. I guess blogging fits this mould.

📓 IndieWeb Itch – Better Search

I have a new #IndieWeb itch, that is extend the search capabilities for my Commonplace Book. I have a practice of saving pertinent quotes within the response properties. However, on research, I have found that the standard WordPress site search only looks at the title and body. Although there seems to be various options to extend this, I am not sure if these will support searching within the Post Kinds fields. One option would be to include the quotes within the body of the post, like Glen Cochrane does. However, I would prefer to extend the functionality of my site.
Replied to An Indieweb Podcast Episode 12 – Gutenberg by David ShanskeDavid Shanske (david.shanske.com)

In the latest episode of An Indieweb Podcast, Chris Aldrich joined me for a late night(for me at least) discussion of Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor, and the usual project talk. I felt I was a bit off due the lateness of the hour, but I still enjoyed the conversation.

Another great podcast with yourself and Chris. I am slowly understanding post kinds and how the plugin works. Is the recording of the data outside of the post the reason that the information does not show up within the site search? I have a tendency to include quotes in the quote/summary box, but have trouble surfacing these after the fact. My habit with Diigo was to search quotes and posts. I am guessing the answer might be to include these quotes within the body of the text?
Liked IndieWeb Google Custom Search Engine by Ryan BarrettRyan Barrett (snarfed.org)

Google has offered custom search engines for individual sites for a long time, so I threw together one that searches all of the sites in Indie Map, plus lots more that have joined the IndieWeb since then. It seems to work ok so far. Try it out and let me know what you think!

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A search engine for the whole IndieWeb has been a hot conversation topic, on and off, for many years now. Many of us offer search on our own individual sites, and more ambiti…

Liked ‘Do people like me?’ Why we ask Google unanswerable questions by https://www.theguardian.com/profile/julianbaggini (the Guardian)

A Google search, however, cannot give us the two things we most need: time and other people. For our day-to-day problems, a sympathetic ear remains the most powerful device for providing relief, if not a cure. For the bigger puzzles of existence, there is no substitute for long reflection, with help from the great thinkers of history. Google can lead us directly to them, but only we can spend time in their company. Search results can help us only if they are the start, not the end, of our intellectual quest.

via Doug Belshaw