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Paul Lee

Paul's friends joke that he has a PhD in shopping. At Google, his desk was the nexus of Amazon and Craigslist. His search for the best product at the best price deepened his relationship with forums. Combined with an innate desire to solve intractable problems, Paul created local product inventory search for Google. Raised in an immigrant family with three ordained ministers, helping underserved populations has always been important to Paul. Since college, he has helped shape solutions in microfinance, African HIV/AIDS medicine distribution, and google.org, the charitable arm of Google.
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New Threadloom Newsletter features

Posted by Paul Lee on May 23, 2018 at 12:28 PM

I'm excited to share a number of improvements to Newsletter we've recently launched, as well as several new features and changes we have planned.

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Topics: Improvements, Launch

Update: Threadloom and the GDPR

Posted by Paul Lee on May 23, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Last month, we wrote about the GDPR and what Threadloom was doing to prepare.  Below is an update on related changes.

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Topics: Privacy

Preview: Threadloom and the GDPR

Posted by Paul Lee on April 18, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Whether your forum is based in the European Union (EU) or elsewhere, chances are that you are already aware of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  As the GDPR approaches in late May, here's a preview of what to expect from Threadloom.

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Threadloom for XenForo 2 now available

Posted by Paul Lee on December 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM

We're happy to announce that the Threadloom plug-in – which gives you access to both Threadloom Search and Threadloom Newsletter – is now available for XenForo 2.

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Topics: XenForo, Launch

Announcing Threadloom Newsletter

Posted by Paul Lee on September 9, 2017 at 7:45 AM

When we launched Threadloom Search six months ago, our goal was to make it easier for forums to find their best content.  Our cloud search plug-in returns 10x more results than XenForo, and is 10x faster than vBulletin.  Today, 150+ forums with 400 million posts are using Threadloom Search.  We're grateful to our customers and proud to support them.

This week, we released our 2nd product, Threadloom Newsletter. Our goal is to help forums painlessly deliver great email newsletters.

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Topics: Launch

Free forum search course now available

Posted by Paul Lee on May 11, 2017 at 3:00 AM

With over 200 million posts indexed, we get the opportunity to talk with forum owners from around the world.  Nearly every forum owner knows site search is important, but most aren't sure how well their current forum search engine is doing or how to improve it.

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Topics: Research, Education

Is your forum search engine helping or hurting your site?

Posted by Paul Lee on March 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Imagine if you searched for a topic on the Internet, and nothing came back? Or even worse, pages of results came back, but none of them were relevant? This sounds impossible with today’s modern search engines, yet it happens multiple times a day to 100s of millions of users of online forums.

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Topics: XenForo, vBulletin, Research

Unlock your best content with Threadloom

Posted by Paul Lee on March 6, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Threadloom's powerful search engine is now available for all forums

I'm happy to share that Threadloom, the best forum search engine on the market, is now generally available! As we began this journey last fall, David Silvernail, the owner of ControlBooth.com and a participant in our Early Access Program, sent me this message:

"My job is to provide a place for new people to get accurate, safe answers from the more experienced in the industry. Your search tools make our best content easier to find!"

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Topics: Early Access, Launch

Artificial intelligence for forums

Posted by Paul Lee on February 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Last fall, a customer shared the following with me:

"I know we have great content in our forum.  A lot of it ranks really well in Google.  But most of our users are drive-bys: They come to us through Google Search, look at a page, and leave.  Is there anything we can do to increase engagement and hopefully also boost ad revenue?"

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Topics: Case study

Fast to faster

Posted by Paul Lee on February 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

During our Early Access Program, a number of our customers told us that one of the features they appreciated most about Threadloom was the speed with which it delivered highly relevant results to their users.

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Topics: Improvements

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