“Hello world!” is your archetypal first encounter with a new programming language. Just a simple exercise, but also a new connection in a larger semantic web of knowledge. Blogging is all about the connections, linking separate pieces of information together in a common context. The title of this first Searchnuggets blog post was not written by me, but it seemed so appropriate that I chose to keep it.
It feels like I’m introducing an old friend to new acquaintances. Searchnuggets has been an internal newsletter in Comperio for over a year already. Well over 60 posts have covered diverse topics such as Google’s ranking algorithms and 25 social media buzzwords that make you feel cool if you say them. Now it’s time to take our friend for a walk around the block, and introduce ourselves to our neighbors. That’s you, and I hope you are as excited as me.
The things we will write about
The tag cloud above, created with Wordle, contains topics I think we will write about. It’ll be fun to compare this fictional cloud with our actual content in a year’s time, seeing how far off I was. I hope to cover most aspects of search, usability and semantic technologies, all of it very interesting in my opinion. But your opinion counts, too. By commenting and participating in discussions on this blog, you can guide our attention to topics that are of particular interest to you. You’re more than welcome! The web is after all a platform for social interaction.
The old Searchnugget newsletter is continued as the Newswire you find at the bottom of this page. You can think of Newswire as memes passing from us to you, in a steady stream of links to search related news, cool new websites, analytical reports and rumors. Subscribe separately to Newswire, if you wish.
The people writing for this blog are all experienced professionals with considerable experience designing and implementing enterprise search solutions, all within their particular field of expertise. You’ll get to know them soon enough.
Why we write in English
Most of you who start out reading this blog will, like me, be native to the Norwegian language. So it may seem artificial that we write for you in English. We work with people from all over the world, however, and would like to include them in our conversations. It’s all about reach. But I’d like to use this opportunity to apologize up front for any strange Norwenglish words and phrases we may construct in the late hours.
This is Searchnuggets and we write about the search business – and it’s a lot more interesting and diverse than you might have thought. Hello world!