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Previously I’ve covered what I dubbed Search 3.0, how search engines have evolved toward blending vertical or specialized results into "regular" web listings. Today, the step beyond that: Search 4.0, how personal, social and human-edited data can be used to refine search results.
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from drenader 2254 Days ago #
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What about sites like ChaCha.com?  They are using human guides to generate results from searches.  The database that sites like these compile could lead to what you are talking about as far as "search 4.0".  Interesting article.

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from garyprice 2254 Days ago #
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I think it’s important to remember that the library and academic communities have been building HUMAN built search tools for many years. Here’s a list of just a few of them. They are not only well-built be also (and this is important) well maintained. These sites are general-knowledge tools. 1) Librarians’ Guide to the Internethttp://www.lii.org2) Internet Public Libraryhttp://www.ipl.org3) Intute (from the UK)http://www.intute.ac.uk4) Infominehttp://infomine.ucr.eduAdditionally, thousands of subject specific (aka verticals) also exist. Examples include:http://www.eldis.organdhttp://globaledge.msu.edu

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from SEOIvan 2254 Days ago #
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I think you hurried with this one Danny. There is no doubt that human element is going to heavily invlolved in search, but not now. I agree with Aarron as he predicted search engines will be incorporating user behaviour, more and more, but i think it is too early to say this already happend. It is definately a part of it right now, but not to a degree to be called search 4.0.Let me put it into perspective, about 5 years before digital became the stantard a guy(forgot his name) said it’s a digital era, when it was not yet so. He was right about it coming, no doubt, but he mentioned it too early. I think the same is with search. You should’ve held the column for another year or so.

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from dannysullivan 2253 Days ago #
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@SEOIvan, I’m not saying Search 4.0 has hit now. I’m saying it’s a next step that will be happening in the coming years.

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from neyne 2253 Days ago #
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it is only a natural development. if we look back at the academic roots of the Pagerank algorithm, where article citations served as an inspiration for importance through link voting, it makes perfect sense that the development of the search will continue to be inspired from the academic world where one of the most important concepts is a peer revision of published work. So how is it going to work ? I guess it will be a combination of the regular ranking algorithms, combined with the input of the "power-users". Until a site is reviewed by such "power-user" it’s ranking is based on pagerank algo + keyphrase relevance + input from the vast statistical data Google has (CTR, Adwords, toolbar data, analytics, etc.)And the SEOs? We will evolve. Again.

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from xoost 2239 Days ago #
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We strongly believe in Social Search and we are developing a new concept named Xoost. We are looking for beta testers to test our features and improve the product. Here’s the pitch, thank you. Xoost - Your Social Search Do you Search the Web for your favorite topics and you would like to share your search skills with your friends? Xoost is the only place for you. With Xoost you will web search what you like most, your search stream will be continuously added to your profile, and you will socialize with other Xoosters on the basis of common search interests. Your searches and related websites will be automatically stored in your account and you will be able to access them anytime. In addition, you can share your Xoost searches with your friends on other networks such as Facebook or Twitter and you can tag or delete any search and related website as you like most. Xoost is simple, viral, scalable, enjoyable and is currently in private beta test: join the beta if you like the concept. Xoost Beta Test

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from theGypsy 2239 Days ago #
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.uh, well it’s a good thing Xoost isn’t into comment spamming right?

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