I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Category: Search,

edgeio Search,

edgeio – is becoming a search engine, for “stuff”

Over at the edgeio blog I have posted the first insight into where we are going with edgeio search. It has been about 9 months since we launched edgeio. We now have a dedicated search team and this is their first push. It is not yet perfect but it is a vast improvement on what was there before (also significantly better than Googlebase search – which is a primary comparison for us). As the post says we have decided to go with the flow to some extent. Many listings based sites are uploading their listings to edgeio and we are

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Features Internet Search, Web 2.0

Is scraping and crawling stealing?

A spat has blown up over the weekend regarding Oodle and Vast.com “scraping” content from 3rd party sites and re-purposing it inside their environments. This essay is my reaction to the spat. As a founder of edgeio I clearly have an interest in the answer to the question. edgeio does not scrape or crawl. All of its content is permission based (published using the “listing” tag; uploaded directly into edgeio OR published on edgeio directly to a personal listings blog that we host). However, there is more at stake here than competitive issues between edgeio on the one hand and

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realnames Search, Strategy

Beattie on RealNames

Russell Beattie ay Yahoo has a lengthy post about RealNames. It’s a generous and thoughtful piece. Thanks for the link Russell. There are a couple of things worth knowing. Firstly RealNames didn’t really crash in the bubble. At least not directly. We were profitable and growing fast (about 120% a quarter back in Q1 2002. Secondly, we had an awesome business model. Resellers all over the world were selling Keywords. Most uptake was in China, Korea and Japan where we were the only way to make local languages useable as navigational addresses. We had pretty strict controls on ownership but

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Internet Search,

Podcast: Google’s Earnings call

Google had it’s first earnings call Thursday. If you are interested in either search or advertising online it is really worth an hour of your time. Lot’s of questions out there. Is Google overheated? Are they doomed to fail? Are they the EBay of Data? Listen and decide for yourself. Then it hit me. This is perfect for a podcast. So… here is my first “Earnings Cast” – with no editorial from me.

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Internet Search,

Charlene Li of Forrester on Search

Charlene Li of Forrester has a new Blog. I met Charlene briefly at Web 2.0. She has comments on the search panel – specifically noting the large agreement between the panelists on what the future direction of search is from a features and functionality point of view. Then she hits us with a killer comment: “I don’t think the war will be won on features and functionality. Instead, the victor will be the company that is more comfortable with opening up their index and data from personalized profiles. By turning these assets into platforms for other companies to build on,

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Microsoft/RealNames, realnames Search,

Article of the Week

  RealNames’ fall may doom keywords Surveys show IT buyers, sellers have different views of market recoverySenator Lieberman to introduce broadband billOracle, Dell, others, in Linux partnershipNeoteris upgrades IVE with more app supportOpinion: What HP thinks of guys like usAll of today’s news By Carolyn Duffy MarsanNetwork World, 05/27/02 When keywords became available in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer two years ago, they offered companies a simpler way for their customers to find information about their products and services on the Web. Now the recent closure of RealNames, the Internet’s premier provider of keywords, leaves the technology’s future in doubt even as

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