links for 2008-12-10

  • This blog is momentarily interrupted to bring you a snippet of recently received email.
  • reddit is a source for what's new and popular on the web — personalized for you. Your votes train a filter, so let reddit know what you liked and disliked, because you'll begin to be recommended links filtered to your tastes. All of the content on reddit is submitted and voted on by users like you.
  • Yesterday we dug out a cool slideshow which tries to tell us, in a mere 34 slides, everything there is to know about Google. It’s not the only Google-related slideshow out there, though; in fact, we’ve found dozens of them. Here’s a selection of ten we’ve found to be either very useful or interesting.
  • I've long been interested in the concept of A/B testing (Also called split testing). It's a simple concept that should sit will with most mathematically-inclined types: You have a baseline interface in which you adjust a single variable, at random, for each user that visits your application. After a given amount of time you should be able to see if certain variables affect how your users behave (either negatively or positively).

    A product was recently released called SnapAds which allows its users (advertisers) to permute different variations of an ad and display different versions to users, based upon how well they perform over time.

    But that's not what I was interested in, specifically (even though it is a cool idea). The team that created this also created another product a while back that never saw a full release: Genetify.

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  • While Google has been tightening its belt in some areas, attempting to photograph every square inch of the world for its Street View product doesn’t appear to be one of them. The company pushed out a massive update today, doubling the amount of terrain covered in the US.

    In addition to incorporating street level photos from Memphis, Birmingham, and Charleston, Google added photos from several whole states that previously hadn’t been touched: Maine, West Virginia, and North and South Dakota. Here’s a look at Street View’s current coverage across America:

  • Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our users. You won’t find editors at Digg — we’re here to provide a place where people can collectively determine the value of content and we’re changing the way people consume information online.

    How do we do this? Everything on Digg — from news to videos to images — is submitted by our community (that would be you). Once something is submitted, other people see it and Digg what they like best. If your submission rocks and receives enough Diggs, it is promoted to the front page for the millions of our visitors to see.

    And it doesn’t stop there. Because Digg is all about sharing and discovery, there’s a conversation that happens around the content. We’re here to promote that conversation and provide tools for our community to discuss the topics that they’re passionate about.

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