Thursday, February 27, 2003
Dave Winer [userland.com]: "Here's what Google can do for weblogs that would be a service to the weblog community -- classify and group them. Give me an accurate list of all the librarian weblogs, and all the lawyer weblogs, and all the weblogs of people who have implemented an XML-RPC stack. You get the idea. They have been able to do this with news stories, it seems they should also be able to do it with weblogs. This is the biggest unsolved problem I see in this world, and I don't know how to solve it, it's not what I do. Postscript: Tom Matrullo wants this too."
My suggestion is use the Open Directory categories -- maybe enhance them -- and let weblog writers self-select. There's no reason to restrict this to weblogs, of course. It would let you establish a context for your search phrase. Search for "mustang" under horses, or under cars.
Google's trick of categorizing news articles is slightly different from categorizing weblogs and websites: Google has a very small number of categories for news, and most news articles are about one topic. If the software isn't sure about one article, it can just leave it off the front page. If it ever guesses wrong about an article, the article disappears off the front page in a matter of hours.
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