April 23, 2004
Googleplex Synthetic Memory, Chapter 57.

I don't care one way or the other that this regards an Anglican web site. What interests me is the use of Google's cache as a last-resort backup server.

We remember when every search engine sought to capitalize on high traffic by becoming a "portal" for "entertainment," or whatever it was they became portals for. But Google, by increasing the richness and complexity of information it provides, shows that the greatest value is the information itself. The raw and valuable commodity that we call information.

Posted by kevin slavin at April 23, 2004 04:37 PM

I wonder, without thinking about it too long, whether the value is in the information or the access, and what, if any, is the difference.

Posted by: dbrown on April 26, 2004 09:52 PM

that is to say, Lexis-Nexis is a gas-pump model -- you pay for the gallons of information that comes out of the spigot. Google's value is more in the navigation of information (coming from a trillion sources) than the information itself.

which makes the google book of answers a more difficult proposition

N.B., yahoo is now a Life Engine, not a portal

Posted by: dbrown on April 26, 2004 10:32 PM

I can't even believe you put "the Google Book of Answers" in print form. Or whatever the fuck form this is.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on April 27, 2004 01:59 AM

I can't believe I used the phrase "gas-pump model" in front of you. or whatever I am, spatially, to you right now.

Posted by: dbrown on April 27, 2004 10:47 AM
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