quickly connecting two ideas

Sunday, March 9th, 2008 at 2:16 am

Jimmy Wales (Wikia) and Jason Calacanis (Mahalo), with Marissa Meyer (Google) discussing human-driven search (Mahalo and Wikia) vs. algorithmic search (Google). “Esther Dyson says the problem with their model is the long tail. If she were starting a company she’d do something else. “Ok, I’m going to kill myself now,” laughed [Calacanis] He says that the fat tail will be human, the medium tail social, the long tail algorithmic. And he says that the advertising interest is in the fat tail.”

Revenge of the Experts – The individual user has been king on the Internet, but the pendulum seems to be swinging back toward edited information vetted by professionals.