Google’s “Yay” vs. Twitter’s nuanced view

A Broadstuff post about the Summly acquisition by Yahoo! looks at the story as a test for how well Google works as a search engine vs. Twitter. 

Now, Google works better than anything out there if you know what it is you want to find, but Twitter, Broadstuff asserts, is where you go to understand what’s really going on… 

Read Google, and you’d barely know anything about Summly because the first 7 pages comprise of press regurgitation and it has utterly failed at telling you anything useful about it….

…But search Twitter, and you get a totally different story. Twitter, despite a reputation for being celebrity and inanity obsessed, is in fact – on the basis of my search anyway, far less so than Google. What is certain is that Twitter gave me a far fuller picture, within the first page I got, and, in this case anyway was the better search engine by far.

The whole media world optimises for Google, it goes on to say, which is making it less useful.

Visual notes and video


John Willshire‘s video review of The Sketchnote Handbook is lovely in a number of ways: 

  1. It’s a good, thorough review of how it may be a useful book. 
  2. It shares some of the insights from the book – my favourite is how sketch-noting can create a “concentration forcefield” for the note-taker…
  3. It’s a nice format for a video blog post, using John’s own Artefact Cards (something I’ve been using myself for mapping out ideas – must blog about that soon…).

Here’s the video:

I spotted the video via Andrew Sleigh’s blog, who has some interesting things to say about using simple, short online films as a format.