Search & Portal Features Charted

Reading
the Google Tea Leaves
has Tristan Louis doing a nice job charting various
search and portal features that the major services offer, reminding me exactly
what I used to do back in the late 90s. But maintaining those charts is a
nightmare! If you need a quick rundown, definitely check it out. Tristan also
uses the charts to speculate on what products Google might offer. No real
revelations there, however.

Audio search? Sure, that’s kind of obvious without the charts and overdue,
especially with Yahoo’s continued expansion.

An encyclopedia partnership? Google kind of has that already with the
existing Answers.com deal, which
sometimes
brings up encyclopedia info along with dictionary definitions, including that
from Wikipedia.
Plus, it’s hard to do a search these days it seems and not run into Wikipedia on
the first page of Google results.

Google also
talked
with Wikipedia about a hosting deal, though I don’t recall seeing
anything further on that. FYI, Yahoo did do a partnership with Wikipedia, but
looking today, that seems to have ended, with the Columbia Encyclopedia being
used instead.

Clustered results? Google’s got the technology already, just not the desire
to use it nor really a pressing need since clustering’s hardly been a category
killer (Ask Jeeves used to offer it. So did FAST. Clusty still does. None of
them have seriously rivaled Google for traffic).

Calendar? Again, obvious portal feature, especially for a company with a
mission of helping people organize information. So much info is calendar driven
that this is a necessity. Jeremy Zawodny
asked for one
earlier this year, and we’ve had recent
signs one may
be coming.

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