Danny Sullivan interviews Jimmy Wales about the “Google killer” wiki search

I guess it must be some cool search-engine-optimization trick to release a newsworthy interview on a Friday night before a holiday weekend because search guru Danny Sullivan has just posted a Q&A With Jimmy Wales on Search Engine Land about the new wiki-powered search engine Wales (founder of Wikipedia) has announced. Wales says, once again, he didn’t tell the New York Times he was not out to “kill Google”:


It’s just the development starting. We’re not producing a Google killing search engine in three months.”

Underscoring his commitment not to kill Google, Wales says the search engine is being built with open-source software Nutch and Lucene. (Wait, that came out wrong.)

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The revolution will be DVR’d

Last night, I recorded Blog Wars on the Sundance Channel. Tonight, I am recording 20/20 because Jeff Jarvis says he was interviewed for two-and-a-half-hours for it, so I figure he’ll be on for at least 30 or so seconds.

Update: A shout-out to Jeff Jarvis, who actually had lots of air time and did a great job, however, about 90 minutes into the show, real-news broke in with the announcement of Saddam Hussein being executed. That is not a small TV story — unless, that is, the government decides to post video of the execution on YouTube.

Sidenote: ABC should immediately post the unaired portions 20/20 episode on their website and on YouTube. Indeed, it would be ironic if they don’t.

Transparent ads vs. fake “conversations”

Quote of the day from Scott Karp: “It feels like we’ve reached the point where good old fashioned, in-your-face, BUY THIS advertising is starting to look a whole lot more authentic than all of the fake ‘authenticity’ that the hyping of authenticity has engendered.”

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Yet another indication of the coming ‘bust’ of Major League Baseball

I’ll admit. I know absolutely nothing about the business of Major League Baseball (however, rumor has it that at least one person who is a professional on the topic sometimes monitors this blog’s RSS feed). Yet I do know that whenever a story appears about some outlandish-sounding investment in a new Web 2.0 startup, it results in lots of blog posts and financial-media commentary suggesting the inflated investment is a signal of some form of coming “bust” related to new online ventures. For that reason, I feel it’s only appropriate for me (who knows nothing about the business of MLB) to make the unsubstantiated, misinformed, but highly obvious observation that a $126 million contract for a left-handed pitcher who lives in the Bay-area and has the Web 2.0-sounding name, Zito, surely indicates that some type of baseball bubble is about to bust.

(Note: For drive-by readers of this post, it is a refrain of many earlier posts that suggest when rich guys [be they baseball team owners or investors in venture funds that place bets on companies with no revenues] are the only ones writing the checks, any “bust” in Web 2.0 or MLB is going to have little effect on those of us who are limited to booing or cheering from the bleachers — or who provide color commentary from the anchor booth.)

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