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August 27, 2007

Google Facebook App

Google made a lovely app for Facebook that lets you search the web and share the results with your friends. Your queries are automatically included in Facebook's mini-feed, so your web history can be shared with your friends. There's also a page that showcases popular results found by other Facebook users.

The application has been created using Google's AJAX Search API, the only search API still supported by Google.


At the moment, Google only uses your web history to personalize search results. Maybe in the future you'll be able to share some parts of your logs with your friends (for example, your bookmarks) and obtain better search results by using information from the profiles of your contacts. Yahoo tried to do this with MyWeb 2.0, but failed.
With the release of MyWeb 2.0, Yahoo has added an extensive array of new features focused on community-based searching and sharing of information. "It basically enables people to tap into each other's personal web by searching their trust network of friends," said Eckart Walther, vice president, product management, Yahoo. (...)

Yahoo has also developed a new relevance algorithm called "MyRank" for MyWeb 2.0. "It's a new search engine that we wrote that can search across thousands of nodes and millions of pages in a trust network," said Walther. Unlike PageRank and other link analysis techniques used by general-purpose search engines, MyRank is designed to ferret out clues to relevance based on the pages you and your community have saved to MyWeb 2.0.

12 comments:

  1. you couldn't pay me enough to share my web history with anyone, let alone facebook contacts :-D

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  2. Alex -- wrong place and big cheek, but please help! My gmail account won't let me send messages. I can receive but when trying to send it says: You are currently using 2885 MB (100%) of your 2894 MB. -- can you tell me what to do? (have been using gmail sinmce early 2005 and keep all messages in and out -- so many thousand. But do not want to delete anything right now )

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  3. Weird. I've just posted an answer to a similar question. Probably the best options are to forward all the messages to a new account or to buy more storage.

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  4. The god damn thing's not working for me.

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  5. Yes, there's an error message that says:

    "Errors while loading page from application.

    There are still a few kinks Facebook and the makers of Google are trying to iron out. We appreciate your patience as we try to fix these issues. Your problem has been logged - if it persists, please come back in a few days. Thanks!"

    Hopefully "the makers of Google" will fix the bugs.

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  6. is this app from google or a 3rd party developer?

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  7. The app was built by Mark Lucovsky, who works at Google (he's behind the AJAX Search API).

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  8. Hi Wilna,

    You should look at upgrading your account and pay google a fee. It will allow you upto 10 GB of storage.

    Thanks,

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  9. Here is a link to an unofficial app that just allows you to keep your iGoogle homepage a quick click away within facebook.

    http://apps.facebook.com/myigoogle/

    If you are still using a browser that doesn't support tabs, this may be useful.

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  10. HOW DO I OPERATE FACEBOOK PLEASE??A FRIEND SUGGESTS THAT IF I GO TO FACEBOOK SHE CAN THEN CONTACT ME THERE,WHAT IS MY NEXT MOVE PLEASE??

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  11. Googlesystem team,

    I am sure you have already seen this, but just incase: http://www.deanhunt.com/googlespoof.html

    If Google Pagerank could sing.

    Dean

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  12. i havent even played it how do you login

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