Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Google is like kratom

Well... using Google Correlate, it is anyway. If you go to the site, you can type in any search query, and (if it is popular enough to have enough of a hit history with Google), you will get a list of other searches that have a high correlative search history with yours.

Typing in "Google" came back with "kratom" with a correlation value of 0.9807.

What is kratom? It's a "trendy" medicinal herb. So, I guess that Google is as correlatively as trendy as a medicinal herb. (Or is it the other way around?)


Anonymous said...

how do you see the future of the web?
more disciplined, we all hope; less 'trashy'
Google can't possibly drag all the mistakes, misprints, misinterpretations etc. of the world!

Umlud said...

I think that the web will become increasingly 'nodal'. It's been migrating in this direction over the past years, and it's likely that it will continue to do so.

I hope that there will continue to be places for people to blog (at multiple scales of blogging) that remains effectively separated from advertising. However, on the whole, I think that it will move to greater consolidation within a relative few nodes, with new nodes popping into existence with the creation of new technologies or new social needs/interests/desires/etc.