I have followed parts of the discussions around the fact that Yahoo claimed to have increased its index to include about 20 billion web pages.
A claim that several people questions. I am not in the position to have qualified theories about that, but I am running a web site that reflects that something clearly has happened to the engine over at Yahoo.
In Trendmapper nearly all the charts searching for phrases with a significant amount of hits had a big jump in its Yahoo curve earlier this month.
Actually, a search that looked useless at first have become quite useful for me. Every night Trendmapper searches for several thousand phrases and records the amount of hits. The word “the” has been added in the system, and is in itself not interesting. However, the word is so common that the charts actually reflects something about the performance of the engines themselves.
As you can see in the thumbnail here in my post, something happened to the red Yahoo curve in the beginning of August. If you click the thumbnail you are taken to the page for the chart.
To be precise, at the second of August Yahoo reported 1 978 791 943 hits on “the”. On the third of August this jumped to 9 583 745 268.
Hera are some example charts showing the Yahoo-jump:
Trendmap: “Xbox 360”
It never stops fascinating me where I can reach using the internet. I have done lots of presentations and it is always a thrill to comunicate to many people. The biggest presentation I have done so far was in front of about 1200 people.
That is nothing compared to the amount of people I reach with my blog. And, even doing international presentations while working for the consulting company Accenture, I never reached out to the same divere audience that I do through eirikso.com
My little comic strip about Bob the Millionaire is one of my most popular posts. I have fun using Babelfish and friends mastering other languages to try to understand what people have to say about my ramblings. My comic has even been translated into French. My wife speaks French and could confirm that the translation was well done.
And, I can even use my own blog to get help when more than 10 000 users reach my blog from a Duch web site and I don’t know what they are saying…
Now, I have some problems with this one and this one. Still, it is interesting to see that people from all over the world reach my page!
I added the search phrase “Lehtovaara” to Trendmapper the day this case was featured on BoingBoing. The charts for Google, MSN Search and Yahoo all goes up. And what do you think? On Google the search for Lehtovaara got around 19 000 hits on June 27. Now it gets around 27 000 hits. Do you think the extra 8 000 hits are about the good service and nice food at Lehtovaara? The case is all over the internet and the bullying owner is doing interviews revealing that he don’t know anything about blogging. It’s back on BoingBoing and people are discussing and blogging on the story all over.
The question is how big the story has to get before this actually is good PR for the restaurant. If the story gets big enough people will actually go eating at Lehtovaara because it has become a novelty.
Legal threats and the internet
And the price for the most stupid legal threat goes to restaurant Lehtovaara in Helsinki.
Herkko Hietanen is a lawyer specialized within IT-law. He had a very bad experience at the Lehtovaara and posted a letter to the restaurant after the unlucky visit. They did not answer, so Herkko posted the letter on his blog. A while later this letter is hit number two on Google if you do a search for the restaurant. So, the owner of the restaurant sends Herkko a legal threat demanding (among other things) that he should remove the letter from the web and pay him around 80 000 euro in damage.
Was that a smart move? I guess not. The case have already reached BoingBoing under the headline “Helsinki’s Lehtovaara: Crappy service and a bullying owner“. And, as Herkko states on his blog:
They apparently hadn’t done any background checks. I have taught law and technology in several universities, I am a founding member of one of the biggest cyber rights organization in Europe and have defended publicly digital freedom of expression. Do they really think that they have a winning strategy? I am sure that many people would have rushed to take down the content. Not me. I will see their bluff.
Lehtovaara bring it on!
If there existed a list of the five worst people to sue for a case like this, Mr. Herkko would be on it. Yes, bring it on! This could lead to some great entertainment!
“It is the opinion of us and our lawyers that you are fucking morons”
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