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Thoughts on the Prospect of a Yahoo + Microsoft Merger

Just some short thoughts on the prospect of a Yahoo + Microsoft merger, if it happens: We won’t see any real results from this integration until early 2010 – That’s the best case scenario. Assuming the deal closes in mid 2008, it will take another 6-12 months to figure out reporting structures, organization, merge product […]

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: adaptive blue, freebase, radar networks, twine, web20

Observations from the MIT/Stanford VLAB Event on Web 3.0

I was able to attend the first half of the MIT/Stanford VLAB’s event on Web 3.0 and it was a good overview, in my opinion. I wasn’t able to stay for the entire thing, but here are a few thoughts and observations I had during my time at the event. Market-driven innovation as a pre-cursor […]

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 […]