Archive for Search

DMOZ accepting submissions again?

DMOZI just read that DMOZ is accepting site submissions again, apparently they had technical difficulties that didn’t allow editors to aprove or edit sites.

The truth is I don’t have very high expectations about DMOZ, I think their model has not been able to keep up with the times. I was an editor for a while and found it to be very bureaucratic and not dynamic at all. There are many categories that don’t have an editor but it is still very difficult to be accepted to edit those categories. Site submissions take months to be reviewed and web site owners don’t get any feedback about the process.

I think the directory model of DMOZ, where a reduced of people are responsible for the content of the site, does not scale well enough. Other social sites like del.icio.us do a very similar job in a much more dynamic way.

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Startups want to beat Google search

GoogleA very interesting article in the New York Times about startups in Silicon Valley trying to grab a piece of the search market, and an even better post in Read/Write Web categorizing the different approaches of those startups are taking to try to beat the big players:

  • Better technology: either through the application of artificial intelligence (AI) or using people’s votes to rate results
  • Better interface: which includes previewing, clustering results or visualization improvements
  • Vertical search: search focused on a narrow segment (classifieds, jobs, blogs, music, etc)

Read/Write Web is asking users what technology they think has the best chances of beating Google, people-powered search seems to be winning. In my opinion vertical search is going to be huge, the question is if it will be the startups who take that market or Google (and the other big players) will be fast enough to grab it… I bet some of those startups will be acquired.

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