Instead of semantic search or intelligent search agents from big companies driving the web’s evolution, I contend that each person’s ability to drive trust into every web action will be the animating force that moves us from centralized search paradigms to a new, decentralized one. In the new model, we will be able to search better because our trusted communities are doing search for us. We can better trust sites, because people we know had good experiences and we will learn about new things on the internet with services like Twine or HopSurf that gives us ideas based on people who are similar to me.
I was having dinner with a dear colleague one night after a long day. He was trying to explain how uTube will becomethe video search engine in the future and that fact was key to understandinga new way to optimize search in video. “Nothing will come close” he said.
Rather impolitely, I kept saying, actually insisting, “No – they won’t be”. He looked at me rather incredulously and not without good reason. He was well ensconced within bosom of the techno-glitteri and he moved in the high-glam world of high tech. He knew stuff about uTube that most people didn’t. I was not just challenging him; I was challenging most of the accepted wisdom of the techno Silicon Valley world; that in the internet game there will be a few search winners, Google and uTube. Game over. That belief was required for the rest of our conversation to continue.
Poor man. He could not get me to agree to that simple, well understood principle. I could not buy into a monopolistic search belief system. I sense the centralized search model is ready to fall apart. I was not just being argumentative or combative, but I sensed a “new” trend that has been operative for 20 years was starting to asset itself andonly few people seem to see it.
I call the trend, “the techno-edge effect” and the main principle is that new technologies migrate from the enterprise levelto the consumer level, to the “edge”, at some point. Some simple examples to illustrate my point:
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