Search attracts innovation from established firms, start-ups
Facebook, start-up CrowdEye launching tools; Google developing microblog search tool?
Computerworld - The search business has quickly become a hotbed of activity among a variety of companies in recent weeks.
For example, Facebook Inc. says it's testing a new version of its search engine, start-up CrowdEye today launched a real-time social search site, and market leader Google Inc. is said to be developing new microblogging search technology.
"Search has become a primary interface for people getting information," said Hadley Reynolds, an analyst at IDC. "It's been like a snowball rolling downhill. I think we're going to be seeing increasing innovations in search. Search simply is being adapted to meet our different needs."
Kari Lee, an engineer at Facebook, disclosed in a blog post yesterday that the social networking firm has started testing a new version of Facebook search with a small group of users. The update focuses on real-time search, which Lee said will enable users to search news feed for posts, pictures, video and links.
"I'm interested in the latest updates on the aftermath of the Iranian election," wrote Lee. "By entering the term 'Iran' in the search field in the upper-right corner of any page on Facebook, I will see up-to-the-minute results from my friends and the Facebook Pages of which I'm a fan, not to mention people who have chosen to make their profile and content available to everyone. I'm able to discover what blogs and news sources my friends are following, what my friends are saying about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and how people in general are reacting to the election results."
Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group Inc., said avid Facebook users could find the new tool irresistible once it becomes generally available. Facebook didn't say when it will ship.
"The ability to get streaming subject search results in Facebook could be a feature that increases the amount of time that people spend there as they monitor friends' posts for interesting tidbits," Olds said. "It's a smart move for Facebook."
Olds pointed out that Google is also rumored to be casting an eye toward creating a tool for searching social networking sites.
A possible Google microblogging search service that would focus on finding Twitter posts has been the subject of much online chatter in recent days. A Google spokesman wouldn't confirm or deny the talk today. "While we don't have anything to announce today, real-time information is important, and we're looking at different ways to use this information to make Google more useful to our users," the spokesman said in an e-mail message to Computerworld.
- 6TB Oracle Ecommerce Stack Deployed on AWS in 7 Days A Fortune 1000 company was told that it would take more than 6 months to deploy their ecommerce stack on AWS. CloudVelocity deployed...
- Advanced Attacks Demand New Defenses Cyber-criminals wielding APTs have plenty of innovative techniques to evade network and endpoint defenses. It's scary stuff, and ignorance is definitely not bliss....
- Mission Critical: Managing Mobile Applications & Content Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have become embedded in enterprise processes, thanks to the consumerization of IT and a new generation of...
- Securing Mobility, From Device to Network At one time, the process of managing and securing mobile devices and applications was fairly straightforward. Most organizations worried about one application (email)...
- Keep Servers Up and Running and Attackers in the Dark An SSL/TLS handshake requires at least 10 times more processing power on a server than on the client. SSL renegotiation attacks can readily...
- On Demand: Mastering the Art of Mobile Content Management Mobile device usage in the enterprise has skyrocketed, and it continues to escalate. IT must answer to users who demand access to their... All E-business White Papers | Webcasts