NYC Transit system Google map mashup: Haven’t seen this before: A New York City “Interactive Transit Map.” When you click on a point, you set the starting point of your route. When you click on another point, the program will display the shortest subway route between those two points, including walking time.
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Google homepage modules: Google is inviting developers to create “modules” that people can use on the customizable version of the Google homepage (or, as we call it here on the rexblog, a Portal 2.0). Actually, anyone with an RSS feed already has created a module. Unfortunately, Google makes it a little confusing by not calling it an RSS feed.
Demo: How to add a “rexblog headline module” to your Portal 2.0 Google homepage: On your “personalized” Google homepage, click the “Add Content” link and under the “Create a Section,” paste in the following URL: http://www.rexblog.com/xml/rss.xml . Tah-dah: a module.
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Darknets vs. Lightnets: (From Publish.com) A Darknet is a hidden Web nook where a small group shares digital files. Lightnet refers to a theoretical push towards an Internet where sharing and remixing files is encouraged.
More: The story’s author, Jason Boog, blogs his interviews with J.D. Lasica and Lucas Gonze.
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Alexa announcement reality check: Search guru Danny Sullivan says “wait a minute” on all the genuflection taking place regarding the announcement that Alexa will start offering a “fee-based vertical search service.”
How about more rain on the parade? Well, what could you use instead of Alexa? Let’s see:
Just out, allows you to create a vertical search engine by giving it a list of
sites. Under the hood, Rollyo is tapping into Yahoo and refining it.
- Gigablast: Get your own
custom vertical search engine right now, for free, by using
Custom Topic Search. It’s been
out for nearly
a year. Want some type of hosted service or something special. If it’s not
listed here, I’ve no
doubt Gigablast will step up to deliver.
- Vortaloptics: This specialty
firm began offering services back in 2003, offering to create vertical search
engines for anyone. I
wrote about them at the time as perhaps signaling a return to easy-to-make
vertical search engines that looked likely before the dotcom downturn. They’ve
been quiet, so perhaps no one’s taking them up on things. But then again,
perhaps the Alexa move might revitalize things.
- Google AdSense For
Search: Want to search the entire web, just as Alexa offers? Out
last year, Google’s more than happy to give you access to its entire
database, for free, along with ads ready to go right alongside it. Nope,
vertical search isn’t as easy. You could try
Google search, or the Google API
might help. If not, fair to say Alexa’s move will spur Google along to
offering more and probably for free, if you want to carry ads.
- Yahoo Search
Marketing Partner Solutions: Yahoo doesn’t have a self-serve custom web
search program similar to Google, but that’s only a matter of time. Until
then, if you’re big enough, they’ll do custom solutions. Not big enough?
There’s the Yahoo
Search API you can tap into.
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Is there something I’m missing? I can’t figure out whether this “opinion” column in eweek.com is a ploy to attract in-coming links or a parody piece with no humor.
“There is a stupid notion going around that the news media would be better off if anyone and everyone got to make a contribution to it. Blogs and podcasts are examples of this and reader-generated electronic “newspapers” are beginning to spring up. People who should know better see this as democratizing the flow of news and information.”
To use the analogy of “open source software” as the basis on which to fear-monger the perils of “open source content” ignores the sausage-making process of open-source software. The culture and hierarchy of control surrounding the development of a Wikipedia entry can fail or succeed — but so can the culture and control hierarchy of a software project. Therefore, it’s a bold mischaracterization of what Wikipedia (and blogs, for that matter) is to compare a few false sentences posted on a Wikipedia entry by a self-confessed prankster to the end product of an open-source software development process.
Note to those actually trying to understand the issues surrounding Wikipedia: Use editorials like the one in “eweek” as a gateway to facts, not a source of them.
Note to those actually wanting to go deeply into this topic: If you really want to ponder this topic on an intellectual and theoretical level (and you probably don’t), spend some time with the writings that link off of the Coase’s Penguin entry in Wikipedia.
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