Towards Search 2.0

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Hackers & the SEO community have to large extent manipulated the results of Google-Yahoo-MSN’s (GYM) algorithm-based Search 1.0 engines. And that leads to undesirable results like Google bombing, spam, more importance towards older sites etc.

Time based search (like Google Blog Search, Feedster, Technorati etc) offers a good alternative but its restricted to blogs & some frequently updated blog-like sites alone. I like MSN’s as it offers a tabbed search from the Web & from the News/Feeds sections. But I would like to have a 3-in-1, Web-News-Tags based search. With Yahoo acquiring, the immensely popular social bookmarking site, we can expect something in this direction.

And the analogy question begs to be asked – Flickr : Riya as : ?? . There are many social bookmarking sites like spurl, furl, simpy, dots etc but my bet would be on blinklist.


Zoho Writer Update

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Thanks to all the feedback comments from you. Based on the comments you had given, we had been working on Zoho Writer’s UI. A completely revamped UI geared towards better usability with an added set of features is what you can expect from Zoho Writer soon.

Cheers !!


The ‘A’ List Bloggers

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You’ll find this funny. Read on :D

Robert Scoble :

I didn’t get invited to FOOLS Camp this year, (private wail to 250 people on IM). But I will say nice things about Tim on my blog, saying what an honor it was to be invited last year. But he better darn well invite me next time, else I will hold my own Geek Barf Camp and not invite him, that will show him. How dare he? Just who does he think he is? Oh my comments are acting up. I still believe in the power of the blogs, just if you agree with me. Gobbels of the world not welcomed. Mudpit. Disagree = Troll. Oh pardon me, my comment system is down again. Disruption! Mashup! Web 2.0! I love the smell of startups! Blogs are truth and salvation all in one. Search engine rant, long-winded blather over Technorati vs. Google and then Google vs. Yahoo. MSN vs. Sphere/Exalead/Yahoo/Google and Google API/Feedster/Icerocket/Gabba Goo Bee Gabba/Technorati/Rice o’ Roni. Web 2.0 me baby, yeah, dat’s the ticket. Never met a startup I didn’t like. Poster boy for the new useless Microsoft.

Doc Searls :

Consulting, fame and glamour, six-figure speaking gigs, briefings, betas, books, groupies, parties, conversations with Earth People. The blogosphere is a huge tipping-point machine. More tips here please. If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands, your blog will surely show it, clap your hands.

Anyways, my latest photoset on Flickr was shot from a windowseat near the back of a United 757 en route from New York to San Francisco last week.

Earth People converse. Markets are Earth People conversing in Human Voices to other People of this Earth about matters important to real Humans who live on Planet Earth.

Dave Winer :

On the Internet the volume of messages posted by idiots always exceeds the number posted by well-meaning moderately intelligent people, squared. Of course, I am well beyond moderate, right-hand of God seems good a place as any. Pout pout, temper-tantrum rant, wail, cry, scream, hold a blogger party in honor of Robert Scoble, pout pout, temper-tantrum rant, wail, cry, scream, yell, cry bloody murder.

Oh this lawn mower company now has RSS feeds. Really smart. Lawn-mowing is a conversation, and if you cut lawns, you want to be part of the lawn-mowing conversation.

Expecting more such profiles from you, Antiblog. And thanks Steve.

Les Blogs 2.0

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France 144
USA 40
U.K. 31
Germany 28
The Netherlands 22
Belgium 12
Italy 11
Switzerland 11
Spain 10
Denmark 8
Canada 6
Hungary 5
Ireland 5
Finland 4
Austria 3
Sweden 3
China 2
Ghana 2
Japan 2
Luxembourg 2
Guinea 1
Iceland 1
Israel 1
Peru 1
Zaire 1

Thats the people attending Les Blogs 2.0 that charming Loic & his team at Six Apart have organised. Hmm, no one from India made it. Believe this would change in Les Blogs 3.0.

The print industry

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Lots are being written about the imminent death of the print industry. And this quote by the Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger (about the latest presses they bought) captures it best:

“They may be the last presses we ever own.”

via Jeff Jarvis.

Recently, Seth Godin remarked about people not looking into stock prices & classifieds in newspapers anymore. Which made me wonder – why should it always be Yahoo or Google buying small companies, why can’t it be the New York Times buying craigslist?


Zoho Writer for Teachers & Students

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Christine Tomasino, who describes herself as “dedicated to assisting teachers create meaningful student learning activities using technology” writes about Zoho Writer in her efriendlylearning blog:

… this tool can be used with students…add your comments!

1. Co-authoring tool for any document
2. Students can peer edit to build better writing skill
3. Brainstorm topics for activating prior knowledge about a topic
4. Create a Top Ten List of items important to a topic
5. Alternative text for students who are struggling to read the textbook materials
6. Students can use the highlighting tools to explicitly mark the text to find main ideas and details

Thanks a lot Christine :D