January 17, 2006

Update: Tim O’Reilly on “Search Engines as Leeches”

Tim O’Reilly posts on the O’Reilly radar that Jakob Nielsen’s concern about search engines “strikes a chord.”

It’s easy to see why folks with paid content businesses would be concerned about giving away too much information via search engines, but it’s really interesting to see the same concerns springing up around free content sites. Google and Yahoo! have done a good job of providing ad revenue back to small content providers with AdSense and Overture, but their model is also a threat to many prevalent kinds of advertising. And of course, the search engines get a huge amount of revenue from advertising on the index pages themselves. I tend to think that the search engines earn their keep, but I’ve got my ear to the ground, and Jakob makes a thoughtful case.

Since Tim authored the Web 2.0 piece I linked from my previous post, I thought I should note that his take on the Nielsen piece was more supportive.

1 Comment

  1. Tim O’Reilly calls folksonomy “a style of collaborative categorization of sites using freely chosen keywords”. But where is the collaboration, really? If I tag a link “cars” and you tag the same site as being about “autos”, wouldn’t real collaboration suggest that we get together and say “hey, in the future lets both use ‘autos’, so we both can find each other’s links”? I have used Delicious, Furl.com, BuddyMarks.com, etc… none involve real collaboration in this sense as far as I have seen.

    Comment by Peter — January 21, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

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