Google launches new Shakespeare site

ShakespeareGoogle has launched Google Shakespeare – a site that allows readers to browse / read all 37 of the Bard's plays. Readers can even plug in words, such as "to be or not to be" from Hamlet, and immediately be taken to that part of the play.

Google Book Search, the Google product which houses the Shakespeare site, allows users to view books or parts of books through their Web browsers if the copyright has expired or a publisher has given permission to do so.

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Interesting new additions to Google Labs

Google Notebook [via Free Hogg] attaches to your browser toolbar allowing you to:

  • Clip and collect information as you surf the web.
  • Organize your notes from the web page you’re on.
  • Access your notes from anywhere.
  • Make your notes public.

Google Trends [via orgtheory.net] analyzes a portion of Google web searches to compute how many searches have been done for the term you enter relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. Also, when it detects a spike in the volume of news stories for that term, it labels the graph and displays the headline of an automatically selected Google News story written near the time of that spike. It also displays the top cities, regions, and languages for the term. Interesting tool for researchers!

How Search engine bots work

An amazingly insightful article analyzing the way bots from the 3 major search engines – Google, Yahoo and MSN – work [via Google Blogoscoped]. The researchers created 2 billion webpages for this test and monitored the traffic of the 3 major search bots – Googlebot, Yahoo Slurp and msnbot – over each of these pages for one year.

Some of the findings confirm what sharp webmasters might have found out themselves: Yahoo Slurp is by far the most active bot, indexing over 100,000 pages as compared to 554 for Googlebot and just one for the msnbot. This confirms what I had found by my informal checks for my blog on Yahoo (23 results) and Google (1 result). Yahoo now leads Google in terms of volume and speed of indexing. This still gives rise to these 2 questions:

  • In search, does quality matter or quantity?
  • Despite indexing fewer pages, does Google actually send more referrals because of its popularity among users?

Another interesting finding from the research again confirms what acute webmasters would have found regarding comment spam – pharma-related spam accounts by far for the greatest comment spam. Luckily for us at WordPress, Akismet does an awesome gatekeeping job to keep the spammers away without bothering genuine commenters too much.

Fantastic article – check it out!