Posted in: facebook, Search, social networking, twitter, web20

Mining Facebook Status Updates – Search and Trends

I was checking out tweetmeme today and I thought it was pretty clever. Twitter is its own community with its own dynamics, but I have lately been itching for a service that would help me get value out of the status updates that my friends are constantly posting. I just came back from a trip […]

Posted in: alexa, imdb, linkedin, monster.com, nextag, Search, shopping.com, technorati, tripadvisor, vertical search, vertical+search

Is Vertical Search Stalling Out?

Update – A few readers pointed out that the Alexa stats for some of the sites here look a lot stronger if you take a U.S. rank as opposed to a global rank. This is especially true for Trulia, Yelp, Kayak, and Indeed. It’s a point worth noting. I have been doing a lot of […]

Posted in: Products, Search

A Match Made in Heaven – Q&A Systems and Mailing Lists

I have been spending a lot of time thinking about Q&A systems lately, largely because I think it’s an opportunity that’s becoming interesting again. In thinking about what can be done to improve the quality of Q&A systems, it appears to me that all of the systems out there (perhaps with the exception of Yahoo!) […]

Posted in: Business, Search

Vertical Search Business Models – It’s All about Economic Transactions

For the past week I have been talking with a bunch of people about vertical search business models. I have a pretty bipolar perspective on vertical search; some days I think there is a business there and some days I don’t. After many enlightening conversations, my general thoughts can be summed up in the following […]

Posted in: Events, Search

Feb 8th SearchSIG Event on Classified Search

The last SearchSIG event I attended was really good and the lineup for this next event looks interesting as well. Presenting companies include Edgeio, Google, and Oodle with others to be added later. Sounds like a good list of presenting companies — it would be great to add someone from Craigslist in the mix. I […]

Posted in: Business, Search

Technorati and Wink

I have been experimenting with Wink for about two weeks now and I really think it’s useful provided the target of your search meets one of two categories: 1. The content you are trying to locate is something of interest to the current universe of taggers (breaking news, technology topics, poltiics, etc.) 2. The data […]