Monday, January 03, 2011

Will there be more search engines?

Google dominates the search engine space. Bing seems to be a solid second place. But if Tom Annau is right, there is opportunity for more search enginees. Tom used to work at Google. He is now at a startup.

You, Too Can Be the Next Google starts with:

"I was at Google for four years and Google obviously has a few more computers than we do," says Tom Annau, VP of engineering at Blekko, the search engine that claims to be every bit the equal of existing search giants Bing and Google--minus the spam.
"But the amount of actual, useful, interesting information on the internet is not increasing as fast as Moore's law," he adds.
Moore's law isn't so much a "law" as a general trend in the microprocessor industry--as much a product of a decades-long R&D effort on the part of companies like Intel as the result of any underlying physical principles. It states that the number of microprocessors you can get for a buck roughly doubles every 18 months. This means smaller, faster chips whose powers have grown exponentially since the 1960's, at least.
In contrast, the growth of the Web
may be leveling off. Even so, how could any company, much less a startup, possibly hope to compete with the truly gigantic server and network infrastructure of companies like Google and Microsoft?

The technology world has come the accept that Moore's Law is part of life. Kind of interesting to think that maybe it doesn't apply to "Useful information."

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