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Gizmoz – the future of avatars

Have you created an avatar of yourself at Gizmoz yet?  No? what are you waiting for!! I’ve created the picture in this post using Gizmoz and I must say… its fantastic! (BTW, I’m not talking about the picture here) .  Gizmoz was founded in 2003, and “offers consumers a new generation of  character-based visual expression for use acrossRead More…

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation (optimization if you’re an American reader) and is basically what one does to one’s website to try and make it appear higher in the Organic (Natural) Search Listings. Before we go any further, do you know the difference between Organic and Paid listings?  I’m going to assume you don’t and give youRead More…

Ebay has acquired Stumbleupon for $75 Million (approx £40 Million) in what some observers are critisising as a “me too” kid running around the Web 2.0 playground. Not necessariy so, read on… What is Stumbleupon?  In a nutshell, it’s a site that suggests web sites based on reader reviews and personal preferences of its members. This is what Bill Cobb,Read More…

As of today, RegisterFly has officially lost its accreditation as a domain name registrar. Godaddy (the world’s largest domain name registrar with more than 20 million domain names already in its portfolio before this move) has luckily come to the rescue.  GoDaddy has agreed to take over and manage more than 850,000 domain names belonging toRead More…

I’ve recently (two days ago) started experimenting with building my own search engine.  The inspiration came from my experimenting with Google’s Co-op Custom Search Engine contraption. The software I’m using to build my very own Google is Nutch which is an open source web-search software.  Nutch builds on Lucene Java, adding web-specifics, such as a crawler,Read More…

Did you know that you can now use Google’s search technology to add custom search to your site?  Google has launched its Google Custom Search (Co-op Beta) which allows you to “Harness the power of Google search technology to create a free Google Powered Custom Search Engine that reflects your knowledge and interests – andRead More…

Welcome to my Blog. My name is Omar Kattan and this is my first blog.   Funny really since I work in search and I probably should have had one of these niftty things a long long time ago! Well, better late than never I say.  Anyway… The reason I started this blog was because I recentlyRead More…


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