Alexa opens up its web data; miracles to follow

Via Battelle and Tech Crunch, the news that Alexa is making its data available on the Amazon.com Web Services platform. Specifically, Alexa is opening up its 5 billion web documents and 100 terabytes of data to anyone who wants to use it–including the much-studied site rankings based on toolbar users.
What does this mean?
In brief, anyone who would like to can use Alexa’s crawl, Alexa’s processors, Alexa’s server farm to mash up data, build new apps, create new services.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Another superb move by Alexa founder Brewster Kahle and the Amazon team.
Another view: Jeff Clavier– Repeat after me: the index of a search engine is a commodity