Posted in: google, Search, twitter, web20

Thoughts on the Real-Time Web

I would not describe myself as a power user of Twitter by any means, but I continue to be fascinated by the amount of energy and time people spend building tools on top of it and generally commenting on how it’s the next next new thing (double nexts were intentional). I do, though, use FriendFeed […]

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, Events, Search, searchsig

Observations on Search Sig Social Search Event

Earlier this evening I attended the SDForum’s SearchSIG event on tagging, social bookmarking, and tagging. One of the great things about living in the Bay Area is the easy access you can get to newsmaking companies and topics. I am sure that there will be many interesting transcripts, podcasts, and summaries of all of the […]

Posted in: Business, Events, Search

Interesting Search Event for those in the Bay Area

Okay, when 4 people I really respect and find interesting tell me that they are going to attend an event after work, that’s enough to put it on my radar. The event in question is being put on by SDForum’s Search SIG. The focus of the event appears to be tagging and search and will […]

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