Indexing Audio Content: 5 Questions About Google’s Latest Strive reported on how the ‘Barack Roll’ gained the momentum that it did, thanks to Google’s Election Video Search Gadget.

Now, the technology that spurred a whole new on-line political arena is open to the masses, for the most part.

I will ponder the following questions (you’re more than welcome to ponder with me!):

1. How long before spammers take advantage of this search technology?
2. Will this really give Google the edge it needs to maintain ‘top dog’ status?
3. How long will it be before others institute similar capabilities?
4. How long, really, will it be before this search method produces reliable, relevant results?
5. How is this advancement going to affect text searching? (sometimes I just want a song’s lyrics – not the artist, not the EBay page, just good ‘ol fashioned lyrics in text form. Will I still get the results I expect?)

Hmm… I wonder…

Chat Man

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Google Audio Indexing now on Google Labs

9/16/2008 12:07:00 PM
Nearly two months ago, we introduced the Google Elections Video Search gadget on iGoogle, a tool that transcribes and indexes the spoken content on YouTube’s Politicians channels. It didn’t take long for folks to find some creative ways to use it! Now it’s possible to enjoy this technology in a bigger way: We just launched Google Audio Indexing (aka GAudi) in Google Labs. The dedicated site offers more features, such as “search within video” and “sharing,” and a more robust user interface.


As with all things in Labs, we will continue to experiment with new features. So whether you care about flip-flopping, the glass ceiling, change or taxes, we’ll keep working to provide the most relevant results for you.

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