Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google’s butt in four years

The only reason you’ll watch these two videos is because you trust me to add value to your lives and not sell links.

I explain how SEO-resistant technologies like Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are about to upend the search industry.

Part I of Social Graph Based Search. 14:41 minutes.

Part II of Social Graph Based Search. 15 minutes.
And a bonus round III. 6 minutes.

Oh, and the only way you’ll watch these videos is if someone tells you to watch them. No Google. No TechMeme (this post is too short to show up there).

351 thoughts on “Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google’s butt in four years

  1. I am not sure I totally agree with Blog Archive Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google’s butt in four years «

  2. I am not sure I totally agree with Blog Archive Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google’s butt in four years «

  3. It’s already 2009..well, almost..

    Do you still stand by what you said Robert..At least replace that Mahalo thingy with Twitter to make it sound more ‘intelligent’.

  4. It’s already 2009..well, almost..

    Do you still stand by what you said Robert..At least replace that Mahalo thingy with Twitter to make it sound more ‘intelligent’.

  5. Jason Calcanis is “selling” links on his blog to himself, by gratuitously linking to Mahalo. He’s making blog posts solely for the purpose of building anchor-text rich links to Mahalo. That’s SEO spam — pure and simple.

    Mahalo isn’t a replacement for Google — it’s a low-quality commercial competitor to Wikipedia.

    Your prime example is flawed. When I search for “HDTV”, I am not looking for manufacturer sites. I am looking for trusted reviewers. Your perfect world is my absolute hell.

    Have you seen the TechMeme’s Alexa rating? That project is going nowhere.

  6. Jason Calcanis is “selling” links on his blog to himself, by gratuitously linking to Mahalo. He’s making blog posts solely for the purpose of building anchor-text rich links to Mahalo. That’s SEO spam — pure and simple.

    Mahalo isn’t a replacement for Google — it’s a low-quality commercial competitor to Wikipedia.

    Your prime example is flawed. When I search for “HDTV”, I am not looking for manufacturer sites. I am looking for trusted reviewers. Your perfect world is my absolute hell.

    Have you seen the TechMeme’s Alexa rating? That project is going nowhere.

  7. Hi Robert…

    I haven’t had a chance to watch your videos, so can’t make any comments about the videos. I do want to comment though, that putting ideas out in video only is rather limiting. I’d rather scan an article and decide if I want to read it slowly, in more depth, rather than wade through 30-something minutes of video to see if there’s anything of interest / value to me in there.

    I always enjoy reading your ideas here on your blog, in twitter / wherever, but I’m not sure I want to spend 30-something minutes very often to watch something that just might be interesting.

    Thanks for all your ideas and desire to contribute..

    http://www.computersolution.co.cc

  8. Hi Robert…

    I haven’t had a chance to watch your videos, so can’t make any comments about the videos. I do want to comment though, that putting ideas out in video only is rather limiting. I’d rather scan an article and decide if I want to read it slowly, in more depth, rather than wade through 30-something minutes of video to see if there’s anything of interest / value to me in there.

    I always enjoy reading your ideas here on your blog, in twitter / wherever, but I’m not sure I want to spend 30-something minutes very often to watch something that just might be interesting.

    Thanks for all your ideas and desire to contribute..

    http://www.computersolution.co.cc

  9. I think it is funny that this is one of the “site links” google has chosen for your site.

    I don’t disagree, entirely… But you need a Google with Gate Keepers. Mahalo won’t answer every query, that is a problem. Because when I search for how to do a convert to lower case in PHP, I want a result, or if I want to look for Scoble’s video of Diet Coke and Mentos at Makers Fair, I want a result.

    That is why I have been building a Spam Free or atleast very spam resistant search engine at http://www.isayhello.com
    You have to be on our site list to be returned as a result, and results are tuned to what type of category we think you are searching so you are more likely to get good results. Then on top of that we do Mahalo style hand edited results for a lot of terms. not the 200k that Mahalo has yet. we are only at 40k but we have only been at it 10 days, and the project is funded off my blog earnings, so it isn’t a princely sum of money.

  10. I think it is funny that this is one of the “site links” google has chosen for your site.

    I don’t disagree, entirely… But you need a Google with Gate Keepers. Mahalo won’t answer every query, that is a problem. Because when I search for how to do a convert to lower case in PHP, I want a result, or if I want to look for Scoble’s video of Diet Coke and Mentos at Makers Fair, I want a result.

    That is why I have been building a Spam Free or atleast very spam resistant search engine at http://www.isayhello.com
    You have to be on our site list to be returned as a result, and results are tuned to what type of category we think you are searching so you are more likely to get good results. Then on top of that we do Mahalo style hand edited results for a lot of terms. not the 200k that Mahalo has yet. we are only at 40k but we have only been at it 10 days, and the project is funded off my blog earnings, so it isn’t a princely sum of money.

  11. Great Podcast, really useful stuff, well explained tutorial! Actually got to this via a Google search. I wanted somebody to explain how Techmeme works and I got that and a lot more. “Watch Yahoo the wild card”. I guess Microsoft did that!

  12. Great Podcast, really useful stuff, well explained tutorial! Actually got to this via a Google search. I wanted somebody to explain how Techmeme works and I got that and a lot more. “Watch Yahoo the wild card”. I guess Microsoft did that!

  13. Right now there doesn’t seem to be anything that can stop Google. These sites have a lot of work to get anywhere close to Google.

  14. Right now there doesn’t seem to be anything that can stop Google. These sites have a lot of work to get anywhere close to Google.

  15. Hundreds of Larry Page and Sergey Brin were born and will challenge the good King Google. Mahalo, TechMeme, Wikia Search, and Facebook, thier founders could be ones to beat Google.

  16. Hundreds of Larry Page and Sergey Brin were born and will challenge the good King Google. Mahalo, TechMeme, Wikia Search, and Facebook, thier founders could be ones to beat Google.

  17. I think google will be around a lot longer than facebook. Facebook is just turning into myspace and will eventually be useless.

  18. I think google will be around a lot longer than facebook. Facebook is just turning into myspace and will eventually be useless.

  19. Ironically, I found this video through Google!

    I had seen it before when it was referenced from webbalert.com, but its been a few months and I wanted to watch it again (we had a discussion about search engines in school).

    Unfortunatley, Webbalert, doesnt have a darn search bar to search through her site for the link!

    Anyhoot, I just typed some words that I remember from the videos:

    future of search engines video google mahalo

    Sure enough, the first link! Yes!

  20. Ironically, I found this video through Google!

    I had seen it before when it was referenced from webbalert.com, but its been a few months and I wanted to watch it again (we had a discussion about search engines in school).

    Unfortunatley, Webbalert, doesnt have a darn search bar to search through her site for the link!

    Anyhoot, I just typed some words that I remember from the videos:

    future of search engines video google mahalo

    Sure enough, the first link! Yes!

  21. Techmeme?

    Rivera’s sites use a variant of the PageRank algorithm, tapping link-rich blogs for their pointers to link-sparse mainstream media (and nascent online media) articles.

    It’s Google rehashed, repurposed, retreaded. Google could reproduce this site in a weekend.

  22. Techmeme?

    Rivera’s sites use a variant of the PageRank algorithm, tapping link-rich blogs for their pointers to link-sparse mainstream media (and nascent online media) articles.

    It’s Google rehashed, repurposed, retreaded. Google could reproduce this site in a weekend.

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