"They are going to have a link: 'Find this in a Library.'

We’ll see about that, right?

Chris Sherman started his keynote on the state of search by telling us that the media are obsessed with covering Google, and that there’s other interesting stuff going on. I therefore thought he wouldn’t talk about Google very much. While he did cover some new features of Ask, Yahoo and MSN, like most other search coverage, he talked mostly about Google. Totally fine, I understand.

He claimed that Ask now has “true natural language search” now. I find that a bit hard to believe, but I do like one product of theirs. The map feature on Ask doesn’t look extremely special, but it can give both driving and *walking* directions.

His views on Google’s responsibilities of privacy and freedom of information in China were 99% positive. Phrases he used were:

“I still trust google, but I am a bit more cautious.”

“Trust but verify.”

“Savvy Chinese know they can use proxies.”

This last attitude seems prone to reinfornce any digital divide that’s in China.

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