Errata
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Just a quick note today: I find that when I look for film information on the Internet, I construct the same queries over and over, trying to mine the sites that I know provide the content I like.

I've tried to bottle that here:


find.erratamag.com


It's a Google search box that limits its results to a select group of useful, high-quality film sites, chosen by me. Some new features at Google make this kind of thing very easy to create. It's not the perfect tool for discovery, but it may be useful. We'll see.

It's an experiment. If you haven't yet, take it for a spin. Please wear your goggles.

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Reader Comments
November 1, 2006, 11:26 AM

That's bloody brilliant! You can make the link at the top of the page on your CSE point to a directory that includes the names and a brief description of all of the sites you're indexing, too. I've been thinking about trying to create a large Film Blog Directory, and this is just the tool to use...

November 1, 2006, 11:37 AM

Yeah, it could work well for that. You can configure it to search the web at large but give extra weight to your chosen sites. I like that idea in theory, since it opens up your sandbox, but I found that the weighting wasn't as strong as I'd like, so I've set it to limit the results to my list.

They also have collaborative features so that other people can add to your list of sites.

One negative: you can't turn off the ads. (Naturally.) Errata is a non-commercial site, so I'd prefer not to have them. I've pushed them to the side, out of the way, but there they are. Hmm.

November 1, 2006, 10:14 PM

Well, aren't you the bees knees!!! Thank you!

November 2, 2006, 06:46 AM

This is a great invention! Exactly what I needed. The search based on "word association" sorted by a computer is ridiculous (just like NSA's automated spying is less productive than operative intelligence). Only human memory makes the right connections between a query and relevant results. That's what the net misses.

I tried the Technorati watchlist and the Google blogsearch, both have RSS feed to get easy updates on what new results come up every day. But yours is definitely more interesting.
Thanks for including my blog in your database. :)

November 19, 2006, 01:42 PM

I finally got around to set up my own. Thanks for the tip.
Apparently you can turn off Ads now for non-profit sites ;)

November 19, 2006, 01:52 PM

Great. I've turned off the ads on mine, although it hasn't taken effect yet. They say it should only be done for "a 501(c)(3) non-profit, university, or government agency website" so we'll see how long we can get away with it.

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