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Links 1 through 10 of 43 by Amy Gahran tagged Findability

Great explanation of a Hashtag:

"For those of you who aren’t familiar with the world of Twitter yet, using a hashtag (#) before a word is a way of creating a topic in Twitter. By putting a topic like #boulderfire into a tweet, you are actively joining the conversation. Twitter users can filter on that word and see every tweet about that topic."

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"Moving from theory into potential, imagine reading a young adult book where the protagonist is a twelve year-old girl. Under the current system of metadata, finding another book where the lead character is another twelve year-old girl involves a great deal of digging – you can narrow the field with the BISAC, but finding a characters specific age is going to require some elbow grease and a great deal of digging. However, with interior, specific metadata, a few taps can bring up an assortment of similar books.  Interior, specific metadata also allows for comparison and contrast reading. Imagine, if you would, a modern book on the Spanish-American War. Using our future metadata system, finding a book on the same subject written during the war is an easy task. Fully leveraging the system could combine the two books – side-by-side – showing the differences."

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Smart move from Salon to make their content accessible in more than one way.

"All Salon presents all of our stories in chronological order, much like a blog. We're fortunate to have a lot of readers who simply want to read what we publish, and this makes it extremely easy to dive in. The page also includes lists of the latest wire stories (more on that below), the most popular Salon stories, and recent editor's picks from the Open Salon blogging community, making it a robust landing page."

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"Done well, the topics page provides the casual, occasional user with a gentle, almost encyclopedic introduction to the topic (public issue, person, place, thing). But the regular, loyal user benefits too. Done poorly -- and I've looked recently at some topics pages that would curl my hair, if I had enough left to curl -- a topics page leaves both loyal and occasional users with one of those "WTF" moments."

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Great rundown of old v. new thinking -- how news orgs would think/act if they were "more Googley"

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"While I am not sure if Twitter poses a threat to Google, I think it is clear that real-time search is increasingly important. And you can be sure that Google knows it. Will Google try to acquire Twitter, or take some other approach? Time will tell, but rather that wait, I decided to get realtime twitter search results on Google today. I created a Greasemonkey user script that does exactly this. It displays the most recent 5 tweets for the query that you are search for, giving both real-time Twitter search results and Google results on the same page"

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Google's 9/08 post explaining its effort to put archived original news articles online, preserving original format/context.

"You’ll be able to explore this historical treasure trove by searching the Google News Archive or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News. Not every search will trigger this new content, but you can start by trying queries like [Nixon space shuttle] or [Titanic located]. Stories we've scanned under this initiative will appear alongside already-digitized material from publications like the New York Times as well as from archive aggregators, and are marked "Google News Archive." Over time, as we scan more articles and our index grows, we'll also start blending these archives into our main search results so that when you search Google.com, you'll be searching the full text of these newspapers as well."

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From Sept. 08 -- but worth noting: "Google is partnering with publishers to digitize millions of old newspaper pages. For lots of people that’s big news because as more pages become available, the history of humanity’s every day lives will be instantly accessible. It’s almost like bringing all of the journalists of the past into realm of bloggers, where their content is almost instantly indexed and searchable.

"Google plans to make the text available, as well as original scans with all formatting intact, according to a company blog post. The content from these newspapers won’t be restricted to an archive search page forever though. The company plans to gradually integrate the content with search results initiated using its main search engine."

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"While some webmasters question the overall necessity of H1-H6 headings. , I insist that they should be used to structure the page content for:

* SEO benefit: H-heading is one of the best ways to give your keywords prominence;

* Accessibility and usability: headings enable screen reader and some browser (e.g. Opera) users to use voice and keyboard commands to navigate throughout the page (see this video explaining the importance of headings for accessibility);

* Web etiquette: like clean (preferably validated) code, good page structure is the sign of proper behavior and trusted brand.

"Here is the checklist of proper heading usage..."

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"H1 - H6 elements 'briefly describe the topic of the section they introduce“. They form a page HTML semantic structure that can “be used by user agents, for example, to construct a table of contents for a document automatically.'

"A page semantic structure analysis is an important part of site SEO diagnostics that can help to:

* identify on-page issues;
* analyze your (competitors’) main keywords;
* improve your keyword prominence;
* understand if you are outlining your content correctly.

"Here are two tools to help you analyze any page semantic structure..."

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