Archive for May, 2010

Yahoo Personals – an attractive Match

Written by Nexcerpt on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 in Dating & Online.

On July 21, 2010, Yahoo Personals will close. The site suggests that current members switch to Match. (The stove suggests that you switch from the frying pan to the fire.) Even as online dating changes, it stays the same.

The business pages are silent on one key aspect of this ongoing realignment: where are the pretty people? Is Match getting “better” — or is it merely choosing superficial quantity over superficial quality?



Written by Nexcerpt on Friday, May 21st, 2010 in Wildlife & Wetland.

Say hello to a disturbing invasive species: White Swallowwort or Pale Swallowwort. For a detailed technical description, see this excellent abstract on Cynanchum rossicum.

This plant is new to this part of Michigan, and unwelcome. Why? Consider one of its common names: “Dog-Strangling Vine.” The Greek roots of Cynanchum include kynos (“dog”) and anchein (“to choke”). The Greek may refer to effects of ingestion, rather than to physical strangling — but its toxicity is reflected in another appellation: Vincetoxicum (in place of Cynanchum). More…

Good URL structure

Written by Nexcerpt on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 in Patterns & News.
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This is the first of a series of posts about good URL structure. Many sites have very poor URL structure — not necessarily bad content, or broken pages — URL structure that sucks. Some of it sucks enormously. Before citing examples of what’s wrong, let’s consider the benefits of a clear, organized URL among your readers and prospects online.

Frequently, for some thoughtful person who does not know you or your business, their first impression of you is a URL you create. If that person wants to use their time effectively, and focus on the best thinking and writing available, they may be unable to resist (or ignore) that first impression.


Finding Useful Content

Written by Nexcerpt on Friday, May 14th, 2010 in Patterns & News.

Nexcerpt does an enormous amount of work every day, automatically.  The service visits over 6,000 sources, on a schedule adapted to the volume and timing of articles that source typically offers.  In that process, it notices between 50,000 and 70,000 new articles each day.  Overall, the system observes well over one million clickable links daily, then recognizes the few among them (approximately five percent) that qualify as new, useful, meaningful articles.


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