One of My Dream Web Toys – Now Live

Oh, am I happy.  Here’s where I’ll be, every day, for at least some little period of time: xRank on Politicians.

Every pollster and political consultant will like this – and okay, just plain political junkies anywhere, in this heightened political campaign year.  Politicians themselves will also want to check out their up/down arrow (Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine was hot “with a bullet” for a while because of the Obama VP rumors, but he’s falling now; John Edwards love-child stories are hot-hot-hot! right now).  Check it out yourself

xRank has been live for a while with celebrities’ names – but who cared about that?  Politicians – ah, good stuff.  Maybe we’ll give geeks their Andy Warhol moment and add technologists soon 🙂

The Live Search team has been adding interesting stuff quietly, in the battle with Google. I noticed that they even added some cool interface stuff on the main page this week (mouse around the page, you’ll see what I mean).

Background info on the semantics involved in xRank: we’re extracting entities from news sources (Live Search indexes 4000+ news sources, from the big guys to the obscure), and selecting out people’s names, classifying them, and ranking them on metrics on volume and momentum. (More technical info here.) In short : 

xRank keeps track of notable people and puts them in order for you. We count Live Search web searches for movie stars, musicians, and other famous people. Then, we compile our findings into an insightful ranking formula that tells you who the world is searching for most. The result is a cultural snapshot of who’s hot and who’s not!”

Let me know what you think.

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2 Responses

  1. O’Reilly Factor bombshell

    Dick Morris slips and states that the only way McCain can win is by scaring the electorate enough in order to demonize Obama!

    Get all the details of that conversation @

    How do you think the Obama campaign should respond, and do you think that this is truly the only way that McCain can win? Doesn’t the center have more options than Morris gives him credit for ?


  2. […] One of My Dream Web Toys – Now Live « Shepherd’s Pi I noticed that they even added some cool interface stuff on the main page this week (mouse around the page, you’ll see what I mean). […]


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