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Yahoo says search isn’t it, Six Apart moves Moveable Type to 4, Netflix and Amazon?

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 Yahoo abandons search:

Yahoo!, one of the two names most synonymous with search on the internet, has surprised Silicon Valley by suggesting that the future of the web is not about search.

The comments, interpreted as an admission that Yahoo! cannot keep pace with Google, came during a conference at which many participants said that the traditional model for getting information from the internet ? using a browser to visit web pages ? was outdated.

Although Yahoo!, like Google, has talked before about developing a more personalised web, with relevant information delivered directly to readers, this was the first time that the company has said publicly that search will become less important.

“Search is no longer the dominant paradigm,” Tapan Bhat, vice president of Front Doors, Yahoo!’s personalised home page, told the Next Web conference in Amsterdam.

“The future of the web is about personalisation. Where search was dominant, now the web is about ‘me.’ It’s about weaving the web together in a way that is smart and personalised for the user,” Mr Bhat said. Source: Search is history, says Yahoo!-News-Tech & Web-The Web-TimesOnline

Believe it our not Yahoo has figured it out, the future isn’t search, it’s personalization.  The irony here is that MyYahoo was one of the first sites of its kind, when the Net was young, and it’s only been recently that personalization has been fun and easy.  The undercurrent is, of course, that personalization really means eyeballs for advertising.  The battle for our homepage has begun, yet again.

MT hits the big four-oh and goes open source

On the blogging front, Six Apart has finally released an update to Moveable Type and has announced that it will be released as open source.  Word is that MT4 has a bevy of improvements and fixes.  Lots and lots of discussion on this announcement, of course (Wired, Read/WriteWeb, Tom Foremski, Mark Evans, Scott Karp, Aaron Brazell–very funny), the question on everyone’s mind is: “Can MT regain it’s blog crown from WP?”.  I say no.  WP is still supremely easy to install, update, and tweak.  MT might be better, but still running on Perl and using the CGI architecture is going to make it harder to deal with.  And frankly, once you’re set up your blog or even switched from MT to WP, the chances of switching back are slim.  Sorry SixApart, too little too late.

And in the late-breaking-check-back-on-Friday department is a rumour circulating that Amazon is looking to by Netflix for about $2.1 billion.  Could be cool.  Stay tuned, no confirmation right now.

There is also a bit of a tempest in a teacup with Scoble saying Techmeme is trying to become Google News and Valley Wag chiming in, as only Valley Wag can, and Gabe Rivera setting things straight in the comments.  Funny, the discussion didn’t make Techmeme.

Now given that I don’t have the secret source of tips, yet, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue the Monday prognostication plan, but on Friday I’ll look back on the week and see what seems to have bubbled to the surface.

Yahoo says search isn't it, Six Apart moves Moveable Type to 4, Netflix and Amazon?

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 Yahoo abandons search:

Yahoo!, one of the two names most synonymous with search on the internet, has surprised Silicon Valley by suggesting that the future of the web is not about search.

The comments, interpreted as an admission that Yahoo! cannot keep pace with Google, came during a conference at which many participants said that the traditional model for getting information from the internet ? using a browser to visit web pages ? was outdated.

Although Yahoo!, like Google, has talked before about developing a more personalised web, with relevant information delivered directly to readers, this was the first time that the company has said publicly that search will become less important.

“Search is no longer the dominant paradigm,” Tapan Bhat, vice president of Front Doors, Yahoo!’s personalised home page, told the Next Web conference in Amsterdam.

“The future of the web is about personalisation. Where search was dominant, now the web is about ‘me.’ It’s about weaving the web together in a way that is smart and personalised for the user,” Mr Bhat said. Source: Search is history, says Yahoo!-News-Tech & Web-The Web-TimesOnline

Believe it our not Yahoo has figured it out, the future isn’t search, it’s personalization.  The irony here is that MyYahoo was one of the first sites of its kind, when the Net was young, and it’s only been recently that personalization has been fun and easy.  The undercurrent is, of course, that personalization really means eyeballs for advertising.  The battle for our homepage has begun, yet again.

MT hits the big four-oh and goes open source

On the blogging front, Six Apart has finally released an update to Moveable Type and has announced that it will be released as open source.  Word is that MT4 has a bevy of improvements and fixes.  Lots and lots of discussion on this announcement, of course (Wired, Read/WriteWeb, Tom Foremski, Mark Evans, Scott Karp, Aaron Brazell–very funny), the question on everyone’s mind is: “Can MT regain it’s blog crown from WP?”.  I say no.  WP is still supremely easy to install, update, and tweak.  MT might be better, but still running on Perl and using the CGI architecture is going to make it harder to deal with.  And frankly, once you’re set up your blog or even switched from MT to WP, the chances of switching back are slim.  Sorry SixApart, too little too late.

And in the late-breaking-check-back-on-Friday department is a rumour circulating that Amazon is looking to by Netflix for about $2.1 billion.  Could be cool.  Stay tuned, no confirmation right now.

There is also a bit of a tempest in a teacup with Scoble saying Techmeme is trying to become Google News and Valley Wag chiming in, as only Valley Wag can, and Gabe Rivera setting things straight in the comments.  Funny, the discussion didn’t make Techmeme.

Now given that I don’t have the secret source of tips, yet, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue the Monday prognostication plan, but on Friday I’ll look back on the week and see what seems to have bubbled to the surface.

The virtual worlds at Web 2.0 Expo

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Just when you thought you were rid of me, here I come with some more news from the Web 2.0 Expo.

This might not be news per se, but it is a nice summary of the virtual worlds panel at W2EClub Penguin is one that I am actually familiar with.  My 9 year old daughter is in that community and she loves it.  From a parent’s perspective the focus on safety and security is very reassuring.

The virtual world phenomena is going to become more interesting and more compelling as emmersive technologies are developed.  Imagine working with colleagues in something like Second Life, but you don’t experience it through a monitor and keyboard but through something more akin to total VR.  Believe me it isn’t that far off.  Think about how crazy we thought affordable touchscreen laptops were a few years ago.  Heck even laptops that are thin and light.

I’m telling you, it’s just around the corner.

 

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Social Networking Puts People to Work

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Looking for a job? Then read this post by Nadine Turner. Sure you can read the classifieds, check Monster.com and all the other usual suspects, but if you really want to give yourself every opportunity to land the job you really want you would be wise to follow her example and put some effort into building your LinkedIn network, and check out Emurse.com.

Here is a brief excerpt from Nadine’s post:

In my experience, yeah networking works but not in the way I originally thought. It seems to work more unexpectedly. I don’t pretend to know the secrets of success, but what I found is that if you trust a few people, more end up putting trust in you. And if you help a few people, some will help you. And if you blatantly offer help to those that need it, NONE will accept it. Crazy isn’t it?

/Congrats on the new gig Nadine.

Top Diggers not digging Digg any longer?

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Check out Greg Hartnett’s post (A great blog btw) citing anecdotal evidence that top Digg users aren’t submitting stories at their normal pace.

the number of stories submitted by my “friends” typically hovered between the 400-500 mark. Which meant that the 170 people I had befriended had submitted approximately 500 stories or so over the last 48 hours. Now these are top Diggers we’re talking about here – people I chose as friends based solely upon their high user ranking.

Fast forward to this morning, and my account shows a total of 156 stories submitted by these same users. For the mathematically challenged amongst you, that represents a decline of almost 70%. 70 freaking percent! That’s not a minor decline – I’d even go so far as to call it a landslide. These top users have abandoned their accounts, and are now probably wasting their time online with some other web 2.0 time-suck.

Greg admits this is far from Scientific. It could be his Digg buds are just slacking or maybe they really are bailing on Digg and headed to some other social networking site.

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