MSN and eBay Mash It Up

A significant development, noted by SEW over the weekend. Just in time for the holiday shopping season and interesting move from MS. You can now search MSN Shopping and find items up for auction or for sale on eBay and still get access to many of the refinements available…

A significant development, noted by SEW over the weekend.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season and interesting move from MS. You can now search MSN Shopping and find items up for auction or for sale on eBay and still get access to many of the refinements available on the actual eBay site.

Interesting how the landscape is shifting, first Yahoo and MSN hook up on IM, now eBay and MSN on shopping. Hmmmm.

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Will Tagging Work?

A tagging workshop is slated for the upcoming WWW conference, Gary notes. I keep wondering if this tagging thing is going to go big. For things like photos and videos, I can see it. But I just can't see my mom tagging much else. Am I wrong? I think…

A tagging workshop is slated for the upcoming WWW conference, Gary notes. I keep wondering if this tagging thing is going to go big. For things like photos and videos, I can see it. But I just can’t see my mom tagging much else. Am I wrong? I think implicit tagging – ie using our clickstream and other actions online, will be big…

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Only In The Movies? A Privacy Scenario

As I mentioned in my last post, I get asked about privacy a lot. I am not an expert on these issues, but I've stared at them just enough to formulate a few opinions. I am guessing that my readers know more than I do, so instead of assuming…

8353609 A5855Ecda7As I mentioned in my last post, I get asked about privacy a lot. I am not an expert on these issues, but I’ve stared at them just enough to formulate a few opinions. I am guessing that my readers know more than I do, so instead of assuming I’ve got it all figured out, I thought I’d just toss out this scenario and see what you all think. I’ve mentioned it a few times to reporters who’ve called, and also laid it out at Yahoo, and it seemed to go over OK.

So the set up goes like this: as I’ve written elsewhere, there is a ton of information about all of us that we willingly (social networks, registration data, search history, etc.) and sometimes unwittingly (clickstream data) leave, forever, on third party servers.

Now, we may trust those third parties not to mess with our data, and not to do evil things, and for the most part, I am quite sure they won’t – if they do and they get caught, they’d be crucified, and the competition is just one click away. And it’s pretty much out of their control if the government decides it wants access to that data – they have to give it up, and stay quiet about it (more on that here and here.)

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Down at Yahoo Friday

If my posting was light yesterday, it was due to my trip south to Yahoo, where I finally got a chance to speak and speak with the folks there, thanks to the kind invitation of the folks in the Technology Development Group (thanks Chad and Jeremy). Jeremy wrote up…

If my posting was light yesterday, it was due to my trip south to Yahoo, where I finally got a chance to speak and speak with the folks there, thanks to the kind invitation of the folks in the Technology Development Group (thanks Chad and Jeremy). Jeremy wrote up my talk here. Very kind.

I really like having the chance to interact with so many smart folks who are deeply engaged in the story of search. It’s an honor.

During the Q&A I was asked about privacy, and issue which is asked by every single audience I’ve ever spoken with, and every single press interview I’ve done in the past three months of the book tour. Yesterday at Yahoo I managed to give my “nightmare scenario” a full public airing, and folks didn’t laugh me off the stage, so my next post will sketch it out in full.

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Craigslist? Nah, Try MySpace

Adam Lashinsky, he of Fortune fame (read his latest on craigslist here), pinged me the other day and asked if I had seen the MySpace classifieds. Why no, I had not in fact. Then I took a look. Goodness me, Mr. Murdoch. You're building out a craigslist clone, aren't…

MyspaceclasAdam Lashinsky, he of Fortune fame (read his latest on craigslist here), pinged me the other day and asked if I had seen the MySpace classifieds. Why no, I had not in fact. Then I took a look.

Goodness me, Mr. Murdoch. You’re building out a craigslist clone, aren’t you? Clever.

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Welcome to the Desktop, Intruder

With its desktop search, Google integrates your desktop info into Google's interface, but of course your data isn't really *on the Internet*. Or….is it?…

With its desktop search, Google integrates your desktop info into Google’s interface, but of course your data isn’t really *on the Internet*. Or….is it?

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What Being an Entrepreneur Is About

This is an interesting and unusual meditation, a slice of Valley life. I'm rather surprised it made it to the light of day. It's about the author's (John Flowers) attempts to negotiate a sale of his answer/search company, Kozoru. From a portion of it: Still, there's something about people…

This is an interesting and unusual meditation, a slice of Valley life. I’m rather surprised it made it to the light of day.

It’s about the author’s (John Flowers) attempts to negotiate a sale of his answer/search company, Kozoru. From a portion of it:

Still, there’s something about people laying around on beanbag chairs and staring at huge, well-projected screens and talking with one another over Naked juice and Odwalla that one finds a little unsettling. Google is also nestled snugly into the old Silicon Graphics campus, which – if you’ve ever been there – adds to the otherworldly vibe one gets while tromping between buildings, through open-sand volleyball courts and around the ten-kinds-of-free-meal cafeteria they’ve created.

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