Russel Shaw @ ZDNET has posted his aversion to the Web 2.0 hype and claims Web 2.0 doesn’t exist. I am not a painstaking ZDNET reader but I wasn’t aware that they were specialized in minute detail of ghostly topics.
Web 2.0 isn’t a phantom though it might be hard to find THE exhaustive definition of Web 2.0 that would be unified under a single umbrella. On the other hand, after 10+ years of initial trading jolts, it was high time to start carbon 14 dating on the Internet especially if some outlines are still (or will for ever) a bit woolly.
2G, 2.5G, 3G etc help to dread the mobile phone industry doing a massive confusion in consumer understanding. Obviously, as pointed out in R. Shaw’s post, there is a bunch of marketing ‘bullshitters’ living on such opportunity making vapoware their (main) livelihood but this should not prevent to realize in just 6 characters (Web 2.0) that something new/different is happening into the Internet paradigm.
Life is not exactly what we would like to see it be, even with big shadow zones, Web 2.0 does actually exist!For instance, I don’t think I could before howl it live to the world against a publisher just in using my small household means.
What a wonderful gift for ending 2005, starting 2006 and making Web 2.0 a reality ! Convert average Internauts into active Web architects is certainly the best way to boost the Internet innovation rate. Amazon is making the right move in democratizing the Search Engine paradigm which was so far limited to a handful of certainly great visionaries but given the importance of organizing the world of information it could not be "the hostage" of a very small caste.
I didn't use Alexa yet (pending registration) but if it isn't the nice expected platform for developing customized Search Engine Tools then an other one will soon seize the opportunity in offering the same mouth-watering option that should seriously contribute to democratize access to the vast web crawl.
[update] unfortunately it will take some time to satisfy everyone for teasing the web crawl since requests to Amazon within few days have been overwhelming, literally.
I gathered together some of the Official Search Engine Blogs into an Unique RSS Feed.
The current selection includes some of the Google(s), Yahoo, MSN, Ask, Feedster and Technorati official blogs – hope to find Exalead soon in the list.
Either you use a RSS reader so let feedburner here-> do the subscription job for you right to your aggregator or you didn’t have a RSS reader yet (BTW see a list of RSS aggregators here) and you can still browse the selection of Official Search Engine Blogs via this single url.
[UPDATE] if the subscription using Feedburner above doesn't update the feed correctly you can still get the XML syndication button here and subscribe the feed "manually". I sent bug report to Feedburner but don't kow how reactive they are -)
[UPDATE II] sounds like everything runs fine now, checked with newsgator (fine) and bloglines(takes time to update the ecosystem but does it in spite of everything).
Males use to deny the importance of size … In its early stage Exalead tempted to explain that -beyond the billon pages treshold - big numbers were all the same, the race of billion indexed pages with Google, MSN, Yahoo etcwasn’t (so) important.
NEVERTHELESS, Exalead is today in the light of sight to index 4 billion Web pages by the end of January [see update source].
So be patient, the search form (top on left on this blog) should be far more effective by that time before Xmas.
Glad to see these guys growing fast in the billion unit and probably soon not only in terms of Web pages … [the (€billion) question being,will they know to bind to their strong technology assets outstanding business acumen too?]