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Monday, January 15, 2007

Findory To Fade Away

Greg Linden writes,

development on Findory now will slow to a crawl. There may be new features, but they will be rare. I no longer will spend time exploring funding, biz dev deals, or recruiting. Findory appears to have sufficient resources to run on autopilot through most of 2007. Findory will eventually fade away.

He explains that Findory built around the idea of applying Amazon.com-style personalization and recommendations to information as against search, personalization helps one discover things that could not have found on one’s own. Findory would have been a great tool, for it is aimed at addressing the most critical need of the times –information overload. I like Greg Linden’s writings and love reading his amazing insights into the search and personalization space. But somehow I was never able to find specific results out of Findory which I could not find elsewhere nor was it the first to show up such results.(Techmeme scores very high on this). Findory’s neighbour ranking did not appeal to me all that well. The number of sources from which Findory synthesized information were quite less. Sad to see Findory go down like this. A few months back PubSub took a simialr decision.(Findory was miles ahead - no doubt, when compared with PubSub). The ideas behind Findory are really good. I still think that there may be some out in the world who may find findory to be good, and invest in building and extending it.

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