Check out DAR.FM my friend Michael Robertson’s new Internet Radio Recorder. Users can go to DAR.fm to search the programming schedules of more than 600 music and talk-radio stations around the country and schedule the site to record any radio broadcast. The recordings, complete with ads and DJ chatter that users can fast-forward through, are then stored at user’s password-protected account that can be accessed from any computer or smartphone.
Recently I came across a little frequented page on Google’s corporate website: Google’s Philospohy Page and read one paragraph that struck me: “Democracy on the web works. Google works because it relies on the millions of individuals posting links on websites to help determine which other sites offer content of value. Google assesses the importance of every web page using a variety of techniques, including its patented PageRank algorithm which analyzes which sites have been “voted” the best sources of information by other pages across the web. This technique actually improves as the web gets bigger, as each new site is another point of information and another vote to be counted.”
Where this might be a nice thought but the truth is that this paradigm is inherently flawed. As with the currently practiced version of US democracy this system is actually more likely to promote mediocrity and populism than value. Just as political system claiming to be democratically tend to promote schemers that learn to game the system than putting the most qualified subject matter expert in position of power. Moreover, though Google likes to position itself as close if not within the camp of open source proponents it inherently has a profit-driven motivation forced on to it by its status as a publicly-traded for-profit corporation with fiscal duties towards its shareholders (not its users).
Consequently top ten SERPs are still mostly dominated by tolerated Search Engine Spam, arbitrage pages and of course marketing messages generated by SEO experts. Nothing will change until the paradigm changes, which is unlikely to happen soon (see my outline for a better search engine).
Check out Kevin’s presentation on ‘Social Media and The Return of the Customer Relationship‘ from yesterday’s SDMMA Market Trends Seminar. Thanks for having me Kev!
1. Pandora – How wants to listen to the same songs all day?
2. FaceBook – If you are on it.
3. Mint – If you care about your money!
4. Bump – If you like other iPhone users.
5. LinkedIn – If you are in business.
6. UrbanSpoon – If you eat out.
7. Fandango – If you go to the movies.
8. Amazon – If you shop online.
9. Wikipedia – I you like to know stuff.
10. Camera+ – If you like to edit your pictures.
Sorry, games do not qualify as apps to me. Get a wii if you like games or get a life for that matter 😉
The social media world keeps turning blue with the exception of Eastern Europe and the Eastern parts of South America. This makes FaceBook the only startup that actually (almost) achieved world dominance since it launched on February 4th, 2004 – only six years ago! And didn’t we all go for world dominance at one point or the other?
Map created using Google Insights for Search. Unlike Google Trends, Google Insights for Search provides a visual representation of regional interest on a country’s map. It displays top searches and rising searches that may help with keyword research. Results can be narrowed down with categories that are displayed for each search terms.
Poll: Will FaceBook rule the World? Vote here.