February 01, 2008

This Post Is Not About Microsoft Buying Yahoo (sort of, meta)

It feel likes there's an obligation for every tech/media/SEO related blogger to opine on this event, and it's not wrong - but wow, is this a classic case where the number of people trying to say something far outweighs the number of useful things there are to be said. Thus I will say that.

Sometimes I muse that news-gathering sites really need the opposite of a "find similar" function. As in, "DON'T show me any more items similar to this one, I've already seen it and I'm tired of it".

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in misc | on February 01, 2008 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Isn't the "find opposite" to the G/Y/M story the one called "Britney Spears taken to hospital as paparazzi insist they'll stay on case"? And related?

Posted by: Charles at February 2, 2008 04:48 PM

By opposite of "find similar", I didn't mean "find (NOT-similar)", but rather "(NOT-find) similar".

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at February 2, 2008 06:04 PM

You can use a boolean NOT in Google's advanced search.

I wonder if you could use it to customize Google news?

Posted by: anonymous at February 2, 2008 07:02 PM


When the A-listers reverberate with the rumor that wikia is buying out netnanny, Seth's head will explode.

Posted by: Travis at February 6, 2008 01:24 AM