john battelle

Battelle on Cutts on Webspam

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John Battelle has posted an excellent interview with Google’s Matt Cutts on the subjects of webspam and human influences to search quality. Regarding “human contribitions” to search quality, for some reason, lately I’ve been wondering if Google will acquire or implement something like StumbleUpon?

In other Matt Cutts’ news, does he have an evil twin? via Barry at SEW

Battelle’s SearchMob

John Battelle has launched a new Digg style service on his Search Blog called SearchMob. It allows registered users to submit articles and vote on them based on the Pligg content management system. via Google Blogscoped.

Similar services that I’ve found very useful include Piers Fawkes’ Marktd for marketing related stories upon which SearchMob was inspired and Constantine Basturea’s New PR for new media public relations articles.

It seems there may be opportunity to for many of these types of sites to emerge in niche topics. My question is, will they augment or compete with search engines?

Update:  I am a bit red in the face for not mentioning Search N Sniff, a similar service launched by Jonathan Nelson a week ago.