The father of the Internet, Vint Cerf (who now works at Google) talked with Catherine Girardeau at the Web 2.0 conference.
Channel 9 has a video with Jim Allchin that says that Windows Vista has shipped.
Here, let’s try a few things and see how Like.com works.
Let’s look for these things:
Watch with square face. Worked pretty good. I loved the square dancing face.
Steel tipped shoe. Found only three results. I’d expect more.
Black dress shoe. Lots of nice results.
Diamond and garnet ring. Maryam would like this.
Silver watch. This brought back a lot of silver watches.
Pretty good, although I want a lot more choices than what they’ve given us.
The problem is it’s taken 250 servers with four processors each to do just this small subset.
OK, so, what’s the 250 machines for?
A better way to find stuff. A way better way.
Just don’t tell Maryam, OK?
Well, it’s the first time you can search for “red strappy shoes” and have every type of shoe show up VISUALLY.
This is cool stuff.
It’s called Like.com.
I hear that Like.com will be turned on shortly. Like.com is up now.
This is a lot of fun.
Some stories about Like.com.
1) The URL cost him $100,000. In the interview he explains how they bought it. It involved finding the guy who owned it, jumping a fence, and leaving a bottle of wine with a note on it (he wouldn’t answer his email).
2) Riya was pretty close to being sold to Google. If it had been, they never would have worked on this search engine. So, by getting turned down by Google Riya came back with a much better business.
3) Just the jewelry set takes 20GB of RAM.
4) Munjal still believes in blogs, but for this launch Riya talked with fashion bloggers, and journalists outside the tech world like at People magazine. Why? Well, this site — in its current incarnation — will be most interesting to women and non-geeks. If you’ve looked at who participates here, it’s heavily male.
5) Why not keep working on face detection? Because they learned through user testing that they’d never be able to make it good enough. They found that by focusing on visual image searches they can get a much more satisfied user base.
What do you think? It is the most interesting search experiences I’ve had since I first laid my eyes on Google about eight years ago.
UPDATE: Liz Gannes of GigaOm has a report too, but isn’t as impressed. “I do think this is a cool idea but it’s not dazzlingly good yet.”