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Mapping the Palestinian Web

Govcom.org has been mapping the political boundaries of the internet for 10 years. They are particularly interested in .gov, .com and .org and the social geography of the internet. Based in Amsterdam, they have written books and won awards on the subject.

Their latest project has mapped out the Palestinian web, (.ps), It was featured in Infosthetics last Friday.

We like to believe that the internet is a place of no boundaries; but it becomes very clear that this is not the case when we look at information such as this – and begin to wonder what our own political & social network looks like in Europe & America.

Our connetions across the web are mainly down to our ability to find information in the first place; which brings me to another rather interesting map featured on govcom.org’s website which shows what happened when Google apparently removed a website from it’s search engine listings back in 2007.

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Posted in Infosthetics · January 30th, 2009 · Comments (0)

What happens when a search engine updates?

Search engines have to update too – they update their algorithms and refresh their data.

How does this affect us though? People with websites need to keep updated with search engines and their current dataset.

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Here is a useful tool on ‘SEO Chat’ to check to see if a search engine is currently being updated:

http://www.seochat.com/seo-tools/multiple-datacenter-google-search/

“SEO Tools – Multiple Data Center Google Search

This tool searches for your keyword/phrase in different Google data centers. There are many different Google data centers. Each of these may respond with different results for the same search query. If you see results that vary from data center to data center, it means that Google is in the process of updating its index.”

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Posted in Help & Advice, SEO, The Web · October 6th, 2008 · Comments (0)