By some measures. we're hitting an Internet age that leaves Google behind. But here's a prescription to keep search relevant in the face of Facebook's social empire.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
Being king of the web is a short-lived gig. Only several years ago the web was navigated by search and Google was the clear king of innovation. Now, as the web takes on an increasingly social structure we seem to be heading into the Age of Facebook.
By some measures, it will be an age where Google isn't welcome. The company has long been seen as a one-trick pony, gifted at search and little else. It's stumbled again and again in social media with Orkut, Buzz and Wave – efforts that were at best mixed successes. Increasingly, executives and engineers in Silicon Valley openly declare that Google can't beat Facebook at its own game. Underscoring the pessimism, several key employees have bolted Google for Facebook in recent months.
Meanwhile, Facebook is expected to earn $3.2 billion in revenue next year, mostly from online ads – which is more than Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) makes on display ads alone. Time is running out for Google to find a way to keep its revenue and profit growing. More
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Paul Rademacher, maker of "the first true Web 2.0 application," is leaving Google. Rademacher, an engineering manager for Google Maps, made his name with HousingMaps.com, which mashed up Google Maps with Craigslist data. (TechWhack)
Facebook's new features are positioning it to organize the Web. Can it best Google?
Can Facebook out-Google Google? The competition is mounting between the Web's two largest destinations as Facebook unleashes a string of new features. Set to debut at Facebook's April 21 developers conference, they may lay the groundwork for reorganizing the Internet according to the relationships between people instead of pages—with massive implications for both search and advertising.
Back when MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Apr 21, 2010 6:52 AM ET
Foursquare and Gowalla are squaring off for the title of top tagger at Austin's annual tech-fest.
By Caroline Waxler, contributor
The annual South By Southwest Interactive conference kicks off Friday and the advance buzz is all about a fierce competition between two location-tagging social networking companies: Foursquare and Gowalla. (Disclosure: I know the Foursquare co-founders.)
These services help you locate where your friends and contacts are at any given moment -- perfect MOREMar 12, 2010 9:24 AM ET
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