Quote of the Day

“The Flickrizers most ambitious goal is to turn Web searching itself into a social event — the idea being that you can find what you’re looking for faster if you first see pages saved and tagged by people you know and trust. Done well, it could play as the triumph of the humans over Google’s cold mechanical approach.

This is an especially attractive idea to Yahoo veterans, since it harks back to the vision Yang and Yahoo co-founder David Filo had in their Stanford University dorm rooms: Categorize the Web and recommend the best sites for its users, using human editors. That vision had to be abandoned when the Web got too large. But this time the users and the editors will be one and the same, there will be enough to tackle the entire Internet — and Yahoo won’t have to pay them.”
Erick Schonfeld, Business 2.0 article
(Via Scott Beale)

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  1. bleh says:

    So what we’ll see then is a metaweb (composed of all the tags/any other metainformation) that will need to be searched in pretty much a cold mechanical fashion ;)
    Right now the metaweb is small, so this might work…not in the future, when its set to explode!
    PS: Interesting part the Amazon Mechanical Turk might play in the transformation of search too, if you consider search as just the management of knowledge.
    Incidentally – if you recall my post re Mechanical Turk – was asked about it during the Amazon hiring process here, and guess what, I’ve been offered a job by Amazon :) Interesting to contemplate the role your posting on that topic had in the above offer ;)
    Have a nice New Year’s do :)

  2. susan mernit says:

    best of luck at amazon, bleb–what a great company!

  3. bleh says:

    Thanks :)

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