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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Barack Roll (With the Help of Google’s Video Text Search)

I’m not sure Google thought of uses like these when they started to allow you to search the text of the YouTube video channels of some US politicians. Hugh Atkin put together a video of Barack Obama covering Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up”. “Yes”, Hugh says in an email, “I did use Google’s new full-text search.” For previous videos of this nature he manually compiled transcricts of debates and searched for words. “I’d had the ’Barack Roll’ idea for a good few months now, but it was only really after I saw Google’s new search that I was able to put it together.”


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