Saturday, January 07, 2006

The new search engine...is YOU.

There are many ways to address the deficiencies with search engines, all of which are struggling with the onslaught of spam and manipulations of their algorithms (search routines).

One approach to "new search" that is catching on....like wildfire.... is letting the community of internet users rank, write, submit, and comment on content.

The best example in the technology sector is www.DIGG.com which has gone from obscurity to a site with over 500,000 daily visits. Recent capital from the Omidyar's of EBAY fame will make Digg a household name very soon.

A similar (copycat?) idea is www.WINK.com which is actually taking input from Digg and other "user review" sites to create a sort of metaDIGG. I'm wondering if Wink's bit off a bit too much here, thinking that niche searches and communities are where the web is heading rather than global search tools.

If true than what are Google, Yahoo, MSN, AskJeeves going to do when people stop using them?

Poor guys. I urge you to send donations to their CEOs so they can feed their kids next year.

http://del.icio.us
http://www.digg.com
http://www.wink.com

Jeremy Zawodny said...

And http://reddit.com/ too.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Jeremy Zawodny said...

And http://reddit.com/ too.

Saturday, January 07, 2006 5:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Michael Whitney said...

You are betting that these companies are going to fail, and yet you have a technorati link on your blog? I'm not sure if you can make that assumption after all it's not digg, wink, or any of these kinds of companies will be putting Google out of business. If anything they will be building Google into a bigger global search monopoly. Both Digg and Wink host Google ads. Delicious was bought by Yahoo just proving that Yahoo will be making money from them.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 9:22:00 PM  
Blogger JoeDuck said...

Michael I'm not so much suggesting anybody is going to fail as I am saying that the "search" hype is overblown on most fronts.

Not because the internet isn't great and profound and reshaping world communications and economics and society - it IS doing all that.

But I'm underwhelmed with the big players because they appear increasingly commercial and spam seems to be limiting results to "sure bets" which homogenizes search, while I'm disappointed in Digg and delicious because I see little but superficial stuff there.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 10:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Michael Whitney said...

I agree with your problem with spam. SEO's know how Google ranks pages, and take advantage every single day. I am passionate about this topic because I am trying to build a site that takes away from SEO's. I am building Seekum (yes another search engine) that takes results from Yahoo, and allows people to give a simple up down vote on the results. If you see spam vote it down. If you like the result vote it up. No algorithms neccesary. By the way Digg is going to have major problems because of duplicate submissions.

Monday, January 16, 2006 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger JoeDuck said...

Good show Michael. I like the idea of integrating algorithmic content with user feedback to get a superior result.

Monday, January 16, 2006 10:17:00 PM  

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