Started using the mechanical turk

We launched the crawler a while ago now and the results are impressive and even a little surprising in some respects, while in others they're not. Basically we're happy we found a few thousand pages with geotags on the first crawl though the longer we've let it go the lower the ratio gets. Totally expected because we seeded it with pages we knew were geotagged in the first place. 
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Local business advertising

A large part of the assumptions we're making with goroam are based around the idea that local business wants to capitalise on the Internet to bring in business. But it's not easy. How do promote a book store, toy shop, cafe or plumber in your local area online, now imagine you have a books and toys to sell, coffees and tea to make or houses without hot water to help - in short, a full time job that doesn't leave much time for SEO, SEM, analytics and tweaking a website and search advertising strategy.   
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Crawler

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I've been a bit quiet lately, but not inactive. I've been working very hard on our location based service project- A better way to search and explore things around you.
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I see the point of git.

I've made some progress over the last few days getting things working towards getting the crawler online and came across a scenario where git would have been useful and had one of those epiphany movements when distributed development clicked and it made sense to me. 
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I should add some of my own pictures.

I use the thesis theme, we bought a developer licence a few months ago and I've used it as the basis for a few websites including this one and the goroam site. One thing I've been meaning to do with both was to start to move them away from the default thesis theme - not because the them is bad, in anyway just so this isn't just another default thesis blog.
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What am I doing here?

I'm going to need to act with a little more purpose in the new year, I've been at the crossroads for a number of weeks and been distracted. Job loss, Christmas and all the fall out of the two kind of had me standing still. I wasn't actually standing still, but I wasn't anywhere near as productive as I should have been or as I'm used to being. Other things just got in they way, not the least of which was my the pursuit of more than just "see-ya, best of luck!" from my previous employer; an ongoing process, but now out of my hands so I can refocus on what is actually important.  
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almost profitable

I had an interesting chat with a friend today about what it means to be almost profitable and businesses that are perpetually stuck, with profitability just out of reach. It seems to be a problem that some companies never manage to get away from.
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Testing for search result quality

I've been faced with a bit of a problem lately, how to test the quality of results being produced from a changing dataset? It's easy to write unit tests for components of an application, and to make sure they're producing the expected results, but how do you test end to end?
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