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A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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Google Scribe – Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits #google

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I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so I just accepted the first suggestion by hitting enter. My starting word(s) in italics.

I often wondered if there was anything wrong with that picture of themselves and their families in their homes and their lives are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends.. Have a great day for them too and they are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I’ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry in which they are attached to their respective owners and are strictly for viewing and printing of these books are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients is not known whether these are the only ones who can not afford to pay for their own users and groups to their Friends / Favorites list yet, so I’ma keep popping up in their own right and do not want to be related to their particular field or industry… and they are nothing but another form of therapy for these patients […]”

So I decided to find out where it came from, and a number of other people with too much time on their hands[1] discovered that Google script believes most things are “nothing but another form of therapy

Then I had another go and discovered another infinite loop:

child care centers and homes for sale in the heart of the city of New York City Area Directory of All Stores at the site of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and Canada and their territories and total client assets of approximately 1 to 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful to your business partners and customers together to participate in these features is the ability to make and use them together to make anything of it until I was introduced to them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits ye shall know them by their fruits […]”

Naturally I tried the words you look up in a new dictionary, you know what I mean, and only tampons produced a result, ending in another form of therapy for me.

The question is can I use this to product my mail spam and comment spam for me to trick Google and spam filters?

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Google Follow Finder Algorithm Issues #google #twitter [UPDATE]

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Google Labs’ Follow Finder, announced on the 14th says of itself:

Follow Finder analyzes public social graph information (following and follower lists) on Twitter to find people you might want to follow.

It actually does much more than it promises.

“Tweeps you might like” probably does some geographic profiling, as I probably have 67 Dutch people I follow[1] of 2000+ – with the exception of some political figures of the Dutch Green party – yet I have 8 Dutch people in my top 10. I get 3 prominent members in the top 10, 2 of whom are ministers of the Dutch parliament. It completely ignores the fact that I have some of them in one of my lists. 4 politicians of other parties and the others associated with politics, and a Dutch comedian who I don’t like.

In “Tweeps with similar followers” there are 2 Dutch super connectors in the top 10 I follow, @jankarel (#3) and @woepwoep (#4), as well as @thomaspower (#8) or @vincentwright (#6), also both networking super connectors. This doesn’t surprise me, what does surprise me is that the first 2 don’t follow @fritswester and still have him in their top 4 “Tweeps you might like”. In other words, it ignores the tweeps like me and reads my tweets.

“Tweeps with similar followers” also isn’t sorted. Using Twiangulate I discover that @jankarel is less like me than @woepwoep

9 followed by jankarel, webhat and woepwoep
19 followed by jankarel and webhat
27 followed by jankarel and woepwoep
237 followed by webhat and woepwoep

and other two are also more like me:

5 followed by thomaspower, VincentWright and webhat
20 followed by thomaspower and VincentWright
191 followed by VincentWright and webhat
20 followed by thomaspower and webhat

Still @jankarel is number 3 in the list. Add the comparison of the first two in the list:

31 followed by keltie63, topexecutives and webhat

It does no sorting at all!

Tweep like me doesn’t even try:

The tweep most like me is @booge3872!

Twiangulate says:

84 followed by booge3872 and webhat

(Although she seems to be unfollowing people, as my first search we had 102 common followers.)

At least GLFF tried, and it’s a Labs product, so I don’t expect it to get it right the first time.

Just in case you didn’t know, I’m @webhat and you can find my GLFF data here.

UPDATE: Twiangulate returns different results for @booge3872 on booge3872-webhat and booge3872-webhat-kevinrose and booge3872-woepwoep-webhat.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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