Friday, March 17, 2006

On commoditisation, gear indicators, and web search - part 3

In part 1 and part 2, I'd written about commoditisation and some responses from web search engines. The responses included new features built on the top of their core engines, and personalisation. The next logical step would be using social networks. Myweb 2.0 seeks to do that. Can totally unsupervised machines come up with neat clusters like these in flickR? May be, but why not use the humans where possible? That's why, answers, etc., are being given additional attention even while there are people like Andrei Broder working on "searching without a box".

So, can these companies come up with all possible applications that can be built atop web search by themselves? If not, who'll do that and what will these companies do then? Web 2.0 is not just about user-generated content, but also about small enterprises and individuals building cool applications using web as a platform. So, if you want to build your own search engine, go build it! Just use the APIs from Amazon, Yahoo!, Google or numerous others. If you're an AJAX dummy, you can even get ready-made UI components. But, we all know that there's no free lunch. So, what would the platform guys do if they were to let anyone use their platform for commercial purposes? Yes, they're slowly evolving a business model around APIs. So, anybody listening?


Blogger sri said...

So, anybody listening?

Well, it looks like nobody (neither the "anybody" URL nor the "listening" URL) are listening.

Try telling them how much money they can make and you may get some response.. ;) Worse, you may get some CVs in your mailbox.. ;)

March 23, 2006 4:20 PM  
Blogger Sundar said...

Actually, those behind the url from listening are better placed as they have little to lose with such ventures. Definitely, these get big money on success. But, it's more than that. Perhaps they should read,, and more essays.

March 23, 2006 4:31 PM  

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