Try Negative Google Search here
I hope you are very well. Quite a while ago, I asked you about an idea I had for a website, and then I promptly got distracted. But I think now I would like to try and make it! But I don’t quite know where to start… Maybe when you have a moment, you could offer some suggestions?
The idea was this: The website, or custom google search engine has a field to search google. The user enters a term. The “Very Related” api is then called and the all of the related terms are negated from the search (-veryrelatedterm#1, -veryrelatedterm#2, and so on). If the user entered a phrase or multiple words, all of the “very related” terms associated with each individual word are negated from the search (with the exception of terms in the searched phrase, of course).
I think this is very interesting to me right now because I’m thinking about the utility of absence (for my thesis), and this way of denying related terms could potentially cut through the hegemony of the ‘filter bubble’ somewhat, or at least present non-dominantly associated information.
Have you tried it manually ,such as following the steps the computer would do, and see if it generates a good result?
Such as, think of a search term, find it on veryrelated.com, pick the top 10 related phrases from that site, and them compose a search string that contains the “-” minus before each term?
For example, for the search of “cheese”, try I went to veryrelated.com, picked the top 10 results for cheese, and then tried entering the following into google search:
cheese -“have” -“recipes” -“online” -“cream” -“everything” -“company” -“fresh”
Make sure to surround the negated terms in double quotes so you don’t get strange problems with spaces etc.
This really works! The first item you get back is a page on artisan cheese. Then slow food, and a real cheeserie. Wow!!!!
It only works for simple, popular words.
This is super cool, it really seems to work. A different internet! Well, a pretty different one.
haha, the art one is super interesting. all the art without the art.
I just read your article. For me a key question is regarding the guillotine: whose guillotine is it, and who is controlling the guillotine? The guillotine in my view is an effective tool of killing or in the most removed sense “editing”. But who uses the guillotine and for what purpose is a key question for me. Also with a website such as Negative Google Search, we are perhaps using the guillotine of removing the commonplace and the popular and the expected, and revealing the unexpected, cultural riches underneath. Like pulling back a carpet of grass to see the amazing worms and ants underneath all wiggling.
I agree completely about who uses such an object, and for what purpose… While I am fascinated with the history of public museums (or publicness in general) in relation to dark and abrupt upheaval, I am also quite queasy at even the symbolism of the guillotine. The more I think about it (even as a symbol of something in virtual space), it might be too problematic to justify even its symbolic use. I’m not sure how tongue and cheek that semi-abstract ramble seems..
I love this idea of pulling back the grass and appreciating the invisible yet expansive contributions of everything else. In the art world, there’s a guy named Gregory Sholette, who describes this phenomenon as “Dark Matter”: all of the (majority) of folks who work their whole lives producing content which justifies and forms the few who reach public visibility. I’m so fascinated (like you, obviously!) with how the internet still possesses the potential of something more, a different mode of visibility with different logics..