Google = Blind Evolution

Google = Blind Evolution

Summary: Speaking at the SIAA Information Industry Summit in New York, Esther Dyson succinctly characterizes Google and Yahoo. "Google is blind evolution.

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Speaking at the SIAA Information Industry Summit in New York, Esther Dyson succinctly characterizes Google and Yahoo.

"Google is blind evolution. They have this ... users-in-charge, bubble-up philosophy. Their employees can come up with ideas. There's this kind of Darwinian internal selection process. … They have a very clear vision; they’re not quite north to the North Pole. They're going west, they're going forward but they're blind evolution; they don't really see where they're going. Neither do we … Yahoo, on the other hand, is intelligent design. They have the vision of what they're trying to build … . Two very, very different models. The other thing that's really different is Google sees communication as a medium for the distribution of information. … whereas Yahoo, they see information as a medium of communication among people. They get people. They get communities and individuals in a way that Google really doesn't. Google is blindingly clever. … You have very, very different models of the world. I like them both, and think they will both persist."

Via Staci Kramer at paidcontent.org

Topic: Google

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  • i'm a person

    maybe yahoo doesn't "get" me. i don't think google is "blind", i think they're more clever. they're fluid, and adaptable, but they do know what people want.

    i want ease of use, i want fast service, i want results. these are things google gives me. yahoo doesn't do anything for me.
    glocks out
  • Unfortunate Choice

    Hmm. She wanted to promote Yahoo as being as good as google but underreported - yet she describes Google as being the widely accepted and taught Evolutionary model, and Yahoo as being the widely discredited and believed only by religious zealots Intelligent Design.... I suspect she should have chosen a more flattering analogy :)
    DaveHowe_z
  • Search engines without sales pitches

    With AOL and Yahoo talking about paid-for emails,is it time to have the option to pay a reasonable price to have info available with sales pitches excised but there if you DO want them?
    perr8me@...