Read/Write Web proclaims that Google is the ultimate money making machine on the internet. They focus on some classic supply & demand examples, and explain why so many niche companies and markets are trying to emulate Google in some way. Instead of being a destination, websites are trying to become more of an essential service,… Continue reading How the Web’s Economy of Scale is Changing Publishing
Technorati, the blog search engine, has just releases some compelling stats and info: “…we exceeded 9 million unique visitors, which is a 141% increase in monthly visitors in a single quarter.” “…the majority of our page views now are no longer just in real-time keyword or blog search, as would have been the case just… Continue reading The Rise of Tagging: Technorati Reports on Users and Growth
Read/Write Web and Search The Web 2.0, look at the long tail of the search engine market. The top market share is locked up with the following brands, but then drops off pretty severely after that. www.google.com www.yahoo.com www.msn.com www.ask.com www.aol.com www.digg.com http://del.icio.us Some compelling charts are also posted.
There has been a lot of chatter online about natural language search. All eyes are on Powerset and Xerox, who hope that their technology “will be the basis of a new search engine that allows users to type queries in plain English, rather than using keywords.” Google’s Marissa Meyer has been quoted as saying that… Continue reading The Next Generation of Search
Alex Iskold of Read/Write Web takes a look at the search engine called Clusty. Their differentiator is that they “cluster” search results, meaning they group like items together. For example, I own an Oracle Delphi turntable. You can imagine how careful I have to be when searching on this, with so many other non-related search… Continue reading A Smarter Search Engine
Read/Write Web looks at “The Race to Beat Google.” “…a huge amount of venture money has been poured into the search space – not necessarily to beat Google, but perhaps to get little slices of the gargantuan advertising market.” They break out competitors by three categories: Better Technology – the results are of better quality/relevancy… Continue reading The “Search” is Over. Or Not.
Search Engine Watch takes a look at Google’s list of top searches in 2006, as well as Yahoo’s. One key finding is that news searches and general web searches differed greatly. Two possible reasons: Demographics and/or psychographics. Situational intent. However, they do reach a valuable conclusion for journalists and media companies: “If you are looking… Continue reading News Search vs. Web Search
Ask.com is trying out a new design and functionality for search results, with greater integration of information and media types. The three elements of the design are: Left: A search control panel that stays with you, complete with Zoom Related Search and Search Suggestions that update as you type. Middle: Results front and center to… Continue reading Evolution of Search and Media
Emre Sokullu takes a look at the future of search. How can search improve, you ask? “…better indexing techniques, …vertical engines, meaning-based search, intent-driven search, new clustering methods, and much more.” For user interface enhancements, they look at Snap, SearchMash and Live.com. For technology advancements, Hakia, Vivisimo, Ask, Yahoo, Google, Del.icio.us, NPL, Collarity, Swicki, Rollyo,… Continue reading Search: The Next Generation
Microsoft has is releasing its book search, competing with Google Book Search. While this idea is not new, the ways that we be experiencing it are just surfacing: “As we move out of beta, what you will see is that book content integrated with the Web content (search results on Windows Live Search). What we… Continue reading Media Blending into One, via Search