Sunday, February 10, 2008

Focused Search tools - Searching for a better "search"

"Search" is increasingly becoming a favorite; everyone wants to have their own. Recently I stopped by a magazine to read the new search technologies and their founders. Here are some of the excerpts:

silobreaker - Deliver the sort of valuable insights that professional researchers or the simply curious crave.

Hakia - Understands the concept of search queries using sentence analysis, as opposed to the popular Google and others who use keyword based search. This is called Semantic search.

jodange - This is based on what is called as Sentiment analysis, focuses on the opinions and appeals to users in the security and financial service sector.

delver - Aims to deliver more relevant search results by tapping into a user's friends and online social networks.

Iterasi - This is something like a tool to help bookmarking search easier, instead of just saving the link to the content when someone bookmark's, it actually captures the full content and then track and analyze changes over time.

I came to know about the one below from the reader comment:
kartoo - It shows a map with the keywords that link each site. And the size defines "how much" the site matches the result.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Microsoft swaying to persue the goals of competitor?

Microsoft being forced to buy Yahoo!? Some say they have to be offensive since Google is targeting the core business of Microsoft, being desktop computing and the two monsters in that domain the Windows OS and MS Office.

But for a company so behemoth, why couldn't they generate the next wave of revolution?
Why haven't Microsoft taken a different step to tackle the challenges posed by Google? It is already too late, I can hear that. Microsoft known for it's marketing and bullying might, for sure knew the growth of Google and the impact.

In this world there are generally three well known rules to play such battles. Either hit hard at the competitor's core by own or by diverting the focus of all to a new paradigm or the last option to outplay the competitor by combination. By what I mean by the second attack is; shift in locking to the current technology.

Microsoft failed in the first two and is trying to bet on the last option, that is to buy another company to compete in the space.

Well no company is always superior in this sense, if it is for Microsoft today, the days for some one taking over Google is not longer. (It could even be as the result of this Microsoft acquisition.)

History repeats itself !!!

links on the discussed topic:
1. NY times
2. The Wall street journal