Thursday, January 12, 2006

My Blog Is My Web

Posted by Phil Aaronson at 6:27 AM

Dave Winer writes:
Let me tell you where my weblog is. Then it knows what my interests are. Give me search results relevant to who I am.
Which I think is exactly right. It's almost exactly the feedback I gave during the Q&A portion of an internal talk describing Yahoo!'s MyWeb algorithms. My blog is my web, so why not use that for MyWeb instead of making me save and rank search results? But we shouldn't stop there, we need an additional set of markup so that you can be absolutely clear about what your blog is saying. The obvious example, if I link to something and say, this is terrible, the search engine should know this. If I link to something and say, this is terrific, it should know that too. And if I link to another blog and say, I trust this, then absolutely the search engine should know this. Not so much for ranking results in general, but for ranking results for me.

Disclaimer, I work for Yahoo!

  1. Dave Winer's search suggestion.
  2. My My Web, article I wrote about MyWeb.
  3. Yahoo!'s MyWeb Beta.


Anonymous King Bastard said...

Check out Dave Winer’s Bastards of the Blogs card at Those Bastards!

1/12/2006 2:42 PM  
Blogger Steve R said...

Besides things like "I trust this blog" and "this is bad", what about "this blog represents X% of my interests"?

There's probably a better way to say it, but what I'm think of is my cycling blog. The blog is a great indicator of one of my main interests, but there are unrelated things on the web at least as important to me. I just don't blog about those things.

Maybe what I want to say to MyWeb is "look for things like this, but don't let it dominate the page".

1/13/2006 8:00 AM  

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