Limited public testing is underway on integrated IM communication between Yahoo Messenger with Voice and Microsoft’s IM service. Combined, Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger would comprise the world’s largest IM community, and the first partnership of its kind.
So in a word, social search will be mainstream, because it represents the pursuit of knowledge over information, and the pursuit of knowledge must be a mainstream activity.
Watson customizable search
Watson, the free, contextual search sidebar by Intellext, is now customizable with sites like MySpace and the WSJ. Waston mines data in engines, social sites, desktops, blogs, news, subscriptions, and networks.