• I was thinking recently about all the work being done around "natural language" search with several startups (notably powerset.com and textdigger.com) looking to make everyone's search experience less frustrating. Let's face it; despite all the work going into algorythms behind the scene, I don't think that search today is significantly different than 5 years ago. You type in your word combos into the box and hope and pray that something relevant comes back in the first 10 entries on the page. Or you can repeat with a slightly different boolean combo. And still hope and pray... But maybe its not simply in the initial search terms that determine how successful the search for information will be. Maybe if we acknowledge that its really really hard to

  • This was based on a talk by Dion Hinchcliffe at the Web2.0 Expo, Tuesday April 17, 2007 Important trends- Web sites with portable content and functionality Putting modular web parts on the blogs and profiles to host the pieces of the web that they want to share Realization the there is limited value being on one site Atomization of content – smaller pieces are easier to reuse Microformats are the smallest pieces Do it yourself trend is combining with the rise of web portable content and functionality- people help themselves Web as a parts “Superstore” Little question that the web is turning into a sort of online Home Depot with its shelves line with thousand of useful off the shelf