Google Image Labeler Is a Great Time Waster

Google Image Labeler isn’t that new of a service anymore, but I wanted to write a post about it so anyone who hasn’t heard of it yet gets the chance to play with it.

You can start the game either as a Guest, or if you’re logged in, you can create a nickname for better score keeping.

Once you hit the “Start Labeling” button, you’re randomly paired up with someone else online. You’ll both have two minutes to start labeling the same sets of pictures with tags that you believe describe what the images show.

Google Image Labeler

If you’re labels match your partners, you’ll get some points, the amount depending on how specific your labels are.

Once you start playing, you’ll be able to start making guesses, but there’ll be a list of phrases that you can’t use. I don’t know if you’re penalized for accidentally using them though.

I typed ’em several times, because I was just trying to make as many guesses as I could before the time ran out.

When the game’s over, you’ll get to see how many points your team scored and what your partners guesses were for the same images.

google-image-labeler-final-score

I think it’s a lot of fun and at the same time you’re helping Google provide better image results. πŸ™‚

Google Hot Trends May Be Misleading

Demi Moore Bush Hot Trends

If you take a look at Google Hot Trends today, you’ll see that the top result is “Demi Moore Bush.” So what do you expect that’s about? Probably something not safe for work, I’d assume.

But after digging in to the results on Hot Trends, related searches are “demi moore”, “comedy central,” and “demi moore george bush.”

Then if you look in the news articles section, you see some mentions of “The Billy Bush Show” and then something about Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore broadcasting their Super Bowl predictions.

Hmmm, nothing seems to correlate here.

I don’t see why people would be searching for “Demi Moore Bush” when looking for the news article about the Billy Bush Show and I can’t find any news about Demi Moore visiting George Bush or his father.

Now if you look at the search results, you’ll see that there is definitely some not safe for work web pages here.

Maybe some TV or radio show mentioned something about some old photos Demi Moore took when she was young, and everyone started searching like crazy, because the first result from “downtownalleys” certainly makes a point.

You know what? Maybe Google Hot Trends isn’t misleading after all. πŸ˜‰

Google Suggest Out of Beta, Now On Google.com

Google Suggest

Have you been to Google today? If you do a search, you might notice that once you begin typing, Google automatically starts providing real-time suggestions, as well as how many results each of those keywords have. This option, Google Suggest, was previously available as a Google Labs opt-in but it’s now gonna be default for all of your Google searches. According to the Official Google Blog, everyone might not have this functionality yet, but it should be available within the week. It shows up for me off and on right now.

If you notice the results they provide though, they seem to be only showing very popular queries. Will this hurt sales coming in from long-tail searches? I guess it depends on how closely searchers look through the list, but I’m leaning towards yes. How much traffic it really takes away from a site though will probably be minimal. It’s a really helpful service to searchers, though, I have to give ’em that. I like it.

Been to YouTube? Get Ready for a Lawsuit

Prison Fence and Razorwire

It seems that the judge presiding over the federal court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Louis L. Stanton has made one of the most idiotic decisions in the history of the internet. And guess who’s gonna take the flak? That’s right, it’s you.

Judge Stanton has ordered Google to give Viacom all of the IP addresses of any user who has ever viewed YouTube videos on the massively popular video sharing site. If Viacom is looking for such data, it’s obvious that they want to go after the people who’ve watched their videos, and will very likely take legal action. If you want more information about this horrible decision check out a much more detailed story over at Mashable.