January 24, 2008

My _Guardian_ column on Wikia Search and Google-FUD

Even search engines have an axe to grind

"Wikia Search tries to draw on the fear and doubt stemming from the dominance of Google"

I've tried to pack a lot into this column, everything from the $50K price for the "Grub" crawler" to pointing out how the politics of search can be used for free labor. I also bent over backwards not to even seem to be using the column to retaliate against Jimmy Wales's conduct, and he ends up only being mentioned in specific for identification (sadly, as far as I've ever seen, it's never done me any good to be morally better my attackers in terms of not abusing power, but I think I read too many comics books as a kid with Good triumphing over Evil - it doesn't work that way in real life).

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google , press , wikia-search | on January 24, 2008 01:00 AM (Infothought permalink)
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It might work that way on the web though...

The long tail of the worm may be about to turn. ;-)

Posted by: Crosbie Fitch at January 24, 2008 08:20 AM