there are very few doorways into the WWW · posted by vaibhav bhawsar Jan 29, 2007
This article briefly talks about how wikipedia is a growing source of references for ‘credible’ information. So much that there are more first ranking search results that point to wikipedia! What does this mean? Is this ‘collective’ knowledge base turning into what google is for searches? If so then does it mean that this is a triumph of the commons over the printing press- in the realm of digital publishing on the WWW? Can I even call it collective knowledge when a large percentage of the world doesn’t even use the internet?
We all have probably heard and experienced about how Google has a profound influence on how we FIND information on the web. Personally this is sort of discomforting to me- the idea of relying at one single location or algorithm or corporation to find access points to the rest of the WWW. There has been a lot of talk about this on the web and off it. I am interested in finding out more about initiatives/projects that have dealt with this issue of building flat and seemingly friendly and SIMPLE doorways into the WWW or information.
Here is an article that talks about google and how flat it makes the www. What I like about it is that it provides some interesting business insights about why its better to collaborate with google than to compete with!!
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