Tim Bray, in reporting on a visit to an Intelligence Technology gathering said:
They’ve also done something way cool with their Google appliance; one of the bright geeks there has set up a thing where you can subscribe to a search and get an RSS feed. Well, duh. Anyone could fix up one of those using the Google API, I wonder why Google isn’t supporting this already?
I can't help but to laugh because at this point we all know that "way cool" means "shockingly obvious". Hell, we've all seen it coming a mile away, but... when?! In fact, I'd go so far as to say we've been waiting far too long now. Years.
What's it gonna take for some visionary search company to pop this out? You'd think that in a company where engineers spend 20% of their time doing whatever they want, this would have been conceived, designed, built, and shipped a long, long time ago.
I want the future now, damnit!
Oh, wait. That's right. Technorati and Feedster have basically been doing this since day one. You wouldn't think this is one of those Feed Search vs. Web Search issues, but the line seems quite clear.
Sure, a few "verticals" have this stuff--notably news. But that's only a small piece of the web. It's a toe dipped into the RSS pool. That "search, find, subscribe" notion doesn't exempt web searches.
Remind me to come back to this topic when it's time for my 2005 predictions in a few months.
Posted by jzawodn at September 09, 2004 11:04 PM