May 11, 2007

Information Anxiety

I used to read Search Engine Watch but got bored. That's changed because Read/WriteWeb (a Web 2.0 blog) made search engines interesting with regular lists. Sure Google destroyed Altavista and now rules, but they're not that strong on information design and will have to innovate like everyone else to be able to filter the explosion of multimedia, location, and other information now available. It's not just a matter of semantics.

Not incidentally Read/WriteWeb also has a good post on Mozilla and the future of the browser, which looks at recent presos from Mozilla designers, as well as commentators concerned with an open web and stuff in the works from Adobe, Microsoft, Apple, Sun, etc. This really is a concern because of neocon Rupert Murdoch's News Corpse statements about further consolidation by the oligarchs: Peter Chernin and the Time Warner CEO weren't talking about Dow Jones/WSJ but Google, Yahoo, eBay, and Amazon.

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