More search and knock-off news

More search and knock-off news: As I seem to be developing a theme for today, here’s another item about search engines and “knock-offs.” Google has launched a “U.S. Government Search” page at the URL, http://www.google.com/ig/usgov, which is, in effect, a pre-configured version of their personalized, customizable portal page. Wow. Think about this a minute: With a room full of interns, they could roll out hundreds of pre-configured versions of this page for every type of interest, lifestyle, hobby, location. Heck, they could even let people start sharing their personalized page. Yikes, those Google people could take over the world.

What will be next: http://www.google.com/ig/?????

But I digress. In this case, the federal government actually has a product superior to Google’s (I never thought I’d write that sentence), Firstgov.gov. Granted, the government’s site won’t give you all those cool Adsense ads. Other sites knocked off in the preparation of the Google page include:

  • Govspot.com
  • Searchgov.com
  • Govengine.com
  • (via: Washington Post)

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