Vladimir

If you type владимир (vladimir) in Google and let it guess the popular queries, then Vladimir Putin is second and Vladimir Vysotsky is first.

Thank God.

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5 Responses to “Vladimir”


  1. 1 MeahevServi 2007-07-24 at 20:37

    Dear Amir,

    You’re a computer guy, a programmer and you’re pretty smart, too. ;)

    So, way are you keep asuming that Google’s popular results are the same for all countries in the world, for the same query?

    Whenever I checked your “look, this pops up in the first place on Google” – I got something completely different.

    Like this time. You said Google puts Vladimir Vysotsky in the first place for the “владимир” query. But to me, the first three results on then query are for City of Vladimir (город Владимир):
    http://www.vladimir-city.ru
    – vgv.avo.ru
    http://www.virtvladimir.ru

    In the fourth place is : http://vladimir.vladimirovich.ru
    and in the fifth – again город Владимир: http://www.vnv.ru

    And I’m having trouble to locate your Wikipedia link for dear Mr Vysotsky in the first 100 results – because it’s not there (believe it or not(.

    There is this http://www.kulichki.com/vv/ and it’s in the 10th place – but there’s not that Wikipedia article in top 100 results.

    So, please, how about stop referring to Google’s top results, ‘cos different people have different regional settings, use different instances of Google’s search engine and therefore get different top results on their queries.

    Thanx.
    Hope I haven’t upset you with this. Just a friendly feedback. ;)
    Cheers!

  2. 2 aharoni 2007-07-24 at 22:36

    Contrariwise!

    I am not upset.

    I am really glad to see you back here.

    You are right about the search results – i get the same thing. ( http://vladimir.vladimirovich.ru is great!)

    But i referred to something else. Try typing владимир into the Google toolbar or Firefox’s search field at the top-right corner and wait a moment (it doesn’t work on the main google.com site). You’ll see the most popular queries that start with владимир – not results.

    Queries, as you might have noticed, are of much more interest to me than results. That’s what real people write.

    BTW, did you know that the flag of Vladimir Oblast still has the hammer ☭ sickle?

    Again, welcome back!

    P.S. Firefox’s spelling checker doesn’t recognize the word “toolbar”!

  3. 3 MeahevServi 2007-07-25 at 19:16

    I am really glad to see you back here.

    Well, I’ve been visiting your new blog since you’ve opened it, I just haven’t been commenting – which really isn’t great loss. :)

    But i referred to something else. Try typing владимир into the Google toolbar or Firefox’s search field at the top-right corner and wait a moment (it doesn’t work on the main google.com site). You’ll see the most popular queries that start with владимир – not results.

    Queries as keywords, search strings which people enter to the search box?

    I’ve followed your instructions and I still can’t get what you have described. It just opens for me google.com and lists exactly the same results as if I searched the regular way, not through Firefox’s search input box (I use FF 2.0.0.5).

    BTW, did you know that the flag of Vladimir Oblast still has the hammer ☭ sickle?

    Interesting, but I’m not surprised…
    Unlike many others (e.g. my people), the Russians were really into communism, people really believed in it.

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re blogging again on the regular basis, your new life in marriage obviously didn’t destroyed your blogging spirit.

    I’ll keep comming.
    Cheers!

    P.S.
    If there is a spell checker on this installation, will you, please, enable it? You know my English, you know I need it. :))) And, if I’ve noticed correctly – your English is even better than the last year. I don’t know how is it possible, but you’ve somehow managed to improve it. o_O
    By now, it’s probably better than your Hebrew! :D (kiddin’)

  4. 4 aharoni 2007-07-26 at 09:19

    Queries as keywords, search strings which people enter to the search box?

    That’s right. That’s what real people actually search for. It’s quite fascinating.

    I’ve followed your instructions and I still can’t get what you have described. It just opens for me google.com and lists exactly the same results as if I searched the regular way, not through Firefox’s search input box (I use FF 2.0.0.5).

    First of all, it’s supposed to work by default in the Google toolbar. ( http://toolbar.google.com/ )

    Also, try this: In Firefox’s search field click on the search engine selection icon. At the bottom there supposed to be an option called “Manage Search Engines…” – click it. Check that “Show search suggestions” is checked. Press OK and try again.

    If it still doesn’t work, try this link:

    http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en

    Interesting, but I’m not surprised…
    Unlike many others (e.g. my people), the Russians were really into communism, people really believed in it.

    Some people really believe in it, although many don’t really understand why. The education and brain-washing was pretty strong, although probably not at the level of North Korea or Turkmenistan. You also grew up in Socialist Yugoslavia, so you were supposed to have a taste of it too, although it was probably quite different from what we had in the USSR.

    Only two regions of modern Russia still have the hammer and sickle in their symbols – Vladimir and Bryansk. Bryansk’s is explained very simply: The Bryansk region was created in the Soviet time. So, from a symbol of Communism it turned into an historical symbol of the “ancien régime” :). It’s a bit like the flag of Quebec, which keeps the fleurs-de-lis, the symbol of the French monarchy, long after the revolutionaries in Paris burned it. I don’t know what is Vladimir’s reason for keeping the hammer and sickle. Maybe it is a symbol of the union of the workers and the peasants? :)

    There’s also a third region that keeps the hammer and sickle – the weirdoland of Pridnestrovie. Maybe it is someone’s (Kremlin’s?) experiment at showing the world how would the USSR look if it would start taking careful steps to democracy instead of just falling apart.

    If there is a spell checker on this installation, will you, please, enable it?

    I don’t think that WordPress.com has a spell checker for comments.

    You are supposed to have an English spell checker in Firefox. Check that it is enabled in Options->Advanced->General. If you are using a Serbian version of Firefox, you may only have a Serbian spell checker, although it is unlikely that Mozilla developers would do something so stupid and Microsoft-like…

    Also, there supposed to be a spell checker in the Google toolbar. I don’t use it, because i have the Firefox one. (I don’t understand why do Google keep the spell checker in the Firefox version of the toolbar …)

  5. 5 MeahevServi 2007-07-28 at 18:45

    If it still doesn’t work, try this link:

    http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en

    Oh, yeah. It works. The third is “владимир буковский” Neat. ;)

    The key part of your example was “and let it guess the popular queries”, but you really should have been more clear about that feature, what that “guessing” really is, ‘cos I didn’t even know if it exists, let alone use it regularly. (If you actually did explain it earlier, somwhere in your blog, then I apologize.)

    Thanx for taking time and letting me know about that feature – it could be really useful for website search engine optimization. :)


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