Fun Friday Links: China’s Visual Search Engine, 5 Lessons Learned from YouTube + Struck by Lightning
Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK! Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
China’s Visual Search Engine
We started out communicating in images and, well, it looks like we’re moving back in that direction. Chinese search giant Baidu recently kicked out its first ever visual search engine, allowing users to query the web using images rather than keywords.
“We didn’t have any similar kind of product in China because we didn’t have the sufficient technology to handle this,” says Kai Yu, the project lead. “In the China market, this is the first of its kind.”
5 Lessons Learned from the YouTube Acquisition
Now that Yahoo has acquired Tumblr, the cynics are just sitting back and waiting for a goof. In this article, Hunter Walk (one of the first Googlers to join YouTube after that acquisition in 2006) lists five lessons he learned from his first-hand experience with what happens “when you bring a fast growing community property into a larger entity.”
Here’s one teaser:
“Although YouTube worldwide increasingly colocated staff in Google offices we maintained worldwide headquarters as a standalone building in San Bruno. Coming to an office every day that said YouTube in big letters and was filled with just other folks working on the same goal — incredibly motivating. We would have gotten lost on Google’s main campus. We needed separate space and identity. Not because we were better, but because we were different. How could we have a community that believed in us if we didn’t feel like a tribe ourselves? We had a building, we had a heartbeat.”
There’s no Such Thing as Invention
Sad news: invention isn’t a real thing. At least, that’s the angle David Galbraith argues from in this article:
I believe that difference is that invention is an illusion based upon our instinct for a people centric view of the world and that all inventions are actually discoveries. When the environment changes to make these discoveries possible, there is a likelihood that anyone of suitable knowledge and intelligence will find them and this explains why invention often happens more than once in the same place or at the same time.
A Lightning Strike Survivor
After Jason Marlin, Technical Director at Ars Technica, was struck by lightning, he wrote an article about it. And I know that’s all I really have to say to pique your interest, because holy crap, what? But here’s a quote anyway:
“To describe the experience as surreal is an understatement. I’m not sure how things worked out the way they did. I was on a concrete floor surrounded by electronics, which was something like a worst-case scenario. Remarkably, even the laptop and monitors just a few feet away from me survived.”
Source: Ars Technica