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Re: This Is Why I Bike 80 Miles a Week - http://michaelwroberts.com/content...
"I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter. That's got to be gut wrenching to see her go through that type of chronic ordeal. But your positive attitude is inspiring and your message that you can take action to make things better are important. In the face of so much chaos being able to do something is not only good for your family but good for your own mental health. Support from your friends, family and community is also huge. I've felt that myself. And it is a great reminder that acting locally - helping that person just a little bit - can make a huge difference. I knew that before my diagnosis but seeing it in action - whether it's relatives researching doctors for me, my parents babysitting while I go for tests or a neighbor picking up our daughter for school in the morning when my wife and I were just spent after another night in the ER ... those small things are so powerful. So I too am grateful for all that I have - and I have an abundance - no doubt about that. I wish you and..." - AJ Kohn
Re: Focus On User Group Uses Google Algorithm To Attack Map Pack - http://searchengineland.com/consort...
"Humm, I don't quite subscribe to the two wrongs model of thinking. And why wouldn't I get the most out of all of those channels? Or decide not to and go with Yahoo, Vimeo, Firefox, iOS and iTunes. Should NBC Universal be penalized for having cable, broadcast, digital and film divisions? I haven't written specific blog posts railing against these things but I've mentioned them in posts. And my most recent piece isn't exactly sunshine and flowers (http://www.blindfiveyearold.co.... Google's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But I don't fault them for being aggressive in conducting their business and innovating in multiple verticals." - AJ Kohn
Re: Focus On User Group Uses Google Algorithm To Attack Map Pack - http://searchengineland.com/consort...
"Doesn't seem like this is going to be a productive dialog. But I'll give it another go. I didn't say Microsoft should be regulated and fined did I? And I'm not sure how Google is regulating online marketing by others. They are a marketing channel that you work to get the most out of. But it's their channel. Just like on TV, CBS might have some rules like - you can't have an ad in the middle of a show that hides the actual show in progress. Or maybe even that they don't promote shows on Fox. You want to poke at Google then lets talk price floors of CPCs during Q4 and dark patterns in their AdWords product." - AJ Kohn
Re: Focus On User Group Uses Google Algorithm To Attack Map Pack - http://searchengineland.com/consort...
"No, the comment was solid as is, thanks. Your interpretation seems to be that marketing should be regulated. Should we ban Google from marketing their search engine? Sure, Google did everything they could to break up the browser monopoly. What would you have done if you were at the helm? But even with that 'choice' crap they figured out the best way to disrupt it was to simply offer a better browser. Remember, Microsoft could have outbid Google for the Mozilla contract. They just didn't. And you can lead a horse to water but you can't force it to drink. So if all the marketing muscle leads to a poor experience then those people won't stick around. (See #scroogled campaign.) So Yelp and these folks are more than welcome to try this approach. More power to them. It's a free country. But in the end they're focused on the wrong things, the things that won't change their business or their reliance on Google. Marketing and product innovation FTW. http://www.skrenta.com/2011/09..." - AJ Kohn
Re: Focus On User Group Uses Google Algorithm To Attack Map Pack - http://searchengineland.com/consort...
"So we should ban Google from doing biz dev deals and exploring other ways to go to market? We're saying we should tie a hand behind Google's back because they've been smart about how they've built their business? Didn't some other search engine have a supposedly unfair advantage with a browser bundle default? But ... that browser kinda sucked and so did its search engine so when exposed to alternatives people switched. I can see it now. A landscape where Google wasn't the default in Firefox and for that reason Firefox never really caught on (money being an issue for them) and no Chrome because that's just unfair to have ... you know, what the other guys have going for them. Yes, a world still on IE6 searching fruitlessly on Bing 0.5. Funny, Yelp may not have turned into the bland monster it is if this happened so maybe you're onto something. Don't hate the player, hate the game." - AJ Kohn
Re: Focus On User Group Uses Google Algorithm To Attack Map Pack - http://searchengineland.com/consort...
"Right, because Yelp is SO under-represented in search results as it stands. I always want 4-7 Yelp results when I'm looking for a local search result. https://www.google.com/search?... And the number of reviews is a specious argument. More is not better. Better reviews and a better way to find the best reviews, the ones that are meaningful to me, are what matters. Yelp fails there too IMO. Finally, stop focusing on search and start focusing on retaining your visitors and getting them to come back directly. Maybe the reason they're searching on Google is because they don't think your sites are all that and a bag of chips." - AJ Kohn
Choose obvious over clever every time. - AJ Kohn
Re: How to Use the New Twitter Analytics Dashboard - http://www.convinceandconvert.com/social-...
"No problem. Glad I could help point you in the right direction. Lots of fun stuff you can do with the data and I'm hopeful that some Excel gurus out there will start playing with it and contribute additional ideas." - AJ Kohn
Re: How to Use the New Twitter Analytics Dashboard - http://www.convinceandconvert.com/social-...
"Yes @Zack Lim, since I wrote this post the analytics package is now available to everyone and is far more easily accessed. In addition, you might want to check out the 'Websites' option which allows you to see all Tweets from a website. All it takes is the addition of a meta tag in the head of your site. Thanks for your kind words and happy analyzing." - AJ Kohn
Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects | MIT Technology Review - http://www.technologyreview.com/view...
Who creates trends in online social media? - http://arxiv.org/pdf...
Analyzing the Language of Food of Social Media - http://arxiv.org/pdf...
Re: A Long, Ugly Year of Depression That’s Finally Fading - http://moz.com/rand...
"We're not close but I've talked with you enough and watched you long enough to have noticed that you were ... unhappy for some time. But as an acquaintance it's bloody difficult to do anything about that. "Hey Rand, why so serious?" Yeah, that's not going to happen. So I was happy when you stepped down as CEO because you seemed ... lighter. I didn't really care what it meant to Moz. I just knew that someone who I thought was smart and generous had gotten rid of that dark rainy cloud following him around. Like @Will Critchlow seeing you blog about this makes me feel like you're healing. Now, I don't know if I've ever been depressed. I had a breakdown in 2003 after my wife had a miscarriage and being severely unhappy being in the fallback job I took during the dot bomb nuclear winter - literally sobbing uncontrollably at work. And I totally get the mindset of magnifying the negatives and rationalizing away the positives. I did it (and still do to some extent) for years. My employment..." - AJ Kohn
Co-Occurrence as a Ranking Signal - http://dejanseo.com.au/co-occu...
Norse - IPViking Live - http://map.ipviking.com/
Practical Lessons from Predicting Clicks on Ads at Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/publica...
Not surprisingly, the most important thing is to have the right features: those capturing historical information about the user or ad dominate other types of features. Once we have the right features and the right model (decisions trees plus logistic regression), other factors play small roles (though even small improvements are important at scale). Picking the optimal handling for data freshness, learning rate schema and data sampling improve the model slightly, though much less than adding a high-value feature, or picking the right model to begin with. - AJ Kohn
Building a deeper understanding of images | Research Blog - http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2014...
These technological advances will enable even better image understanding on our side and the progress is directly transferable to Google products such as photo search, image search, YouTube, self-driving cars, and any place where it is useful to understand what is in an image as well as where things are. - AJ Kohn
Predicting Contribution Quality for Knowledge Base Construction and Curation - http://static.googleusercontent.com/media...
Astronautalis – Dimitri Mendeleev - http://www.last.fm/music...
Re: Google Authorship May Be Dead, But Author Rank Is Not - http://searchengineland.com/google-...
"Correct @Aaron Bradley. I actually covered that in my 2012 presentation on Rel=Author at SMX West. http://bit.ly/VW7Yf7" - AJ Kohn
IBM Research: Brain-inspired Chip - http://www.research.ibm.com/article...
The architecture can solve a wide class of problems from vision, audition, and multi-sensory fusion, and has the potential to revolutionize the computer industry by integrating brain-like capability into devices where computation is constrained by power and speed. These systems can efficiently process high-dimensional, noisy sensory data in real time, while consuming orders of magnitude less power than conventional computer architectures. On one hand, with portable devices: think smart phones, sensor networks, self-driving automobiles, robots, public safety, medical imaging, real-time video analysis, signal processing, olfactory detection, and digital pathology. - AJ Kohn
Re: Google My Business Profiles Start Ranking In Non-Branded Searches - http://www.venndigital.co.uk/blog...
"Interesting observations here Andrew. It makes sense that Google would start doing this. The Google My Business profile gives Google geography and category information. From there it's just a hop, skip and a jump to matching it up with query syntax. The intriguing part is the idea that the highest natural result that has this knowledge graph connection via Google My Business is also given a Knowledge Panel treatment. If that pattern holds then it's a huge advantage for that business." - AJ Kohn
Reading: The future of content consumption through the eyes of Yahoo Labs http://gigaom.com/2014... (Need to see actions, not words.) #yahoo
Grumbling: Close variant matching for all exact and phrase keywords http://adwords.blogspot.com/2014... (Savvy advertisers lose more control.) #ppc
If Data Is Sexy Then Twitter Analytics Is Channing Tatum http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/twitter...
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