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By - February 09, 2004

Via ResearchBuzz, a meta-search engine with reference, shopping, and weblogs tabs…Seekscan.

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NYT on Friendster et al..

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How this piece missed orkut entirely, I’ll never know, but it shows the shallowness common to these kinds of easy articles. It asks the facile question: “where’s the business model,” but then refuses to answer it – it’s in the data, it’s in the portal strategy, it’s in the user lockdown. I hate it when reporters don’t do the math.

Norway Gets a Netscape IPO?

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OK, not quite, but Opera is planning to go public. The company recently posted a slight profit, and intends to raise money to compete with MSFT in the mobile arena. The lede in this Reuters piece brought on some odd deja vu…

Norway’s Opera Software said on Monday it plans an initial public offering in March to aid its race against giant rival Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT – news- people) to win customers for its Internet browsers in the growing mobile phone market.

Let’s hope Opera execs don’t dismiss MSFT Windows as a pile of “poorly debugged device drivers“….

Technorati Got Search

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In true Pull-An-Allnighter style, I get an email from David at around 3 am, letting the world know that Technorati (which is hiring) now has search, which was one of my big beefs with the site. I haven’t had a chance to check it out much yet (traveling this morning to ETech), but this is a cool development. The site now searches at the post-level – not just URLs, which means they can add feeds should they wish to. Should be cool to watch…

SEW Awards Are Up, Google Cleans Up

By - February 08, 2004

With little fanfare, the most influential publication in the Search space has posted its 4th annual SEW awards.

Big Winner: Google, for Outstanding Search Service, Best News Search Engine, Best Image Search Engine, Beste Design, Most Webmaster Friendly Search Provider (interesting!), Best Search Toolbar, Best Paid Placement Service, Best Search Feature….

It was nearly a sweep for the Googleplex. Yahoo won a number of honorable mentions and the Shopping category. Voting was done as a combination of subscribers to SEW and final review by Danny and Chris at SEW.

Heading to eTech…

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Looking forward to meeting some of you in realspace at eTech this week. Ping me here or jbat at battellemedia dot com to meet up.

Can't We Be Friends?

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MSFT’s uber blogger Robert Scoble, after a week off, gets warmed up again with 26 (and counting) posts this weekend, the best for my money being this one. In it he suggests, after noting how sick he is of filing in the same profile information for orkut as he did for his first IM app in 1996, that MSFT and Google have a few beers and figure out how to play nice by creating social software apps that work with one another. Excerpt:

Why doesn’t Google and Microsoft sit down at a table. Yes, I know, we’re supposed to be bitter enemies. Let’s get over that. Let’s sit down. Have a few beers. And come up with social software that can share contacts with each other. Let’s announce it in a joint press conference. Let’s get over our own lock-in strategies. Let’s work together on social software so that our customers can go back and forth between our systems.

Can we do that? I’d love to help if possible. I know the social software folks at Microsoft. They are listening to me. How about Google?

What do you think? Should we sit down and have some beers and see if we can work together to make the social software thing better? Or, are our customers going to be locked in 1996 forever?

Untangling the incompatibility mess would open up the possibility that social software becomes more like web services, as Soble points out. That might actually make them useful!

Neat idea. But I don’t see it happening. First off, MSFT and Google, as I pointed out earlier, have totally different kharma profiles. Folks probably won’t want to share their data across the divide. And second, well, corporations don’t change their DNA midstream. And I think both Google and MSFT’s DNA are too hardcoded for them to want to play nice with each other. But you never know…

Cool Recommendation Service

By - February 06, 2004

Based on tech from a company called Choicestream, is a free online service that uses a melange of approaches to grok what entertainment you might like and make recommendations. AOL has incorporated this into its 9.0 service; it’s informing to the concept of personalized search in general. I’ve signed up and plan to compare its recommendations to TiVo’s.

The Register On Orkut's TOS

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Andrew Orlowski, whose disdain for all things Google is never veiled, takes apart orkut’s privacy/TOS policy in this Register piece. Andrew points out that orkut’s policies are an awful lot like MSFT’s were in the first version of Passport, policies which caused an outrage not too long ago. MSFT changed its TOS as a result, but Passport has yet to become a web-wide standard.

This is and interesting case study. So far, there has been little outrage about orkut’s policies. I’ll posit an obvious theory: Folks generally trust Google more than they trust MSFT. (Well, most folks do. Not Andrew.) They’re willing to give Google more rope….and see if anyone’s hanging at the end of the day.

It Had To Happen…

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Bad news in the online advertising world: Doubleclick’s recent numbers show folks are learning to ignore the ads …it also showed, however, that the web is becoming a branding medium, as “view through” – folks taking action within 30 days of seeing the ads – is on the rise. (via DMNews)