Ask Jeeves (now known as Ask.com) appeared around 1997 and gained lots of buzz. The site encouraged users to search, by ask one question and the keywords were filtered by company personnel in order to present more relevant results, just like if you have a personal steward who gives you the answers to your enigmas and requests.
Despite its relative success, at the end of the decade, a startup called Google erased all that market competition.
Is interesting to note that more than 10 years later, new applications where questions are asked, grow every day just like mushrooms. Of course they are adapted to the present reality and use technologies and concepts that just weren’t there in the beginning of the Web, but the concept is quite similar. Supported through a social network based architecture, sites like Yahoo Answers, Formspring, Quora, the all Stack Exchange Network or Mahalo allow users to ask questions about particular subjects, usually categorized in different domains, and obtain results, answered and ranked by the community. This kind of services are already being outsourced (like Qhub) and they can leverage some business opportunities based on third-party applications.
I also believe that there is much to explore in some non-technological fields such as arts (movies, music, etc.), sports and economics. And of course all the niches within each of these areas.
Collective intelligence communities allow an effectively knowledge management when you live on an information society. The dissemination of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets increased the group of information junkies. In urban places and big cities of modern countries, is now unthinkable for an individual not to be connected 24 hours a day.
While mathematical algorithms processed by computer, such as Google, are continuously being improved, I also believe there is a lot to explore in areas such as artificial intelligence and semantic web. So for now, nothing better to have humans answering my questions.
Once again, it’s that time of the year when you look back and start to think about what you have accomplished in the last 12 months.
The first thing that pops into my mind is that I didn’t blog here at all and instead of that used twitter daily. I’ve also done some writing for TheNextWeb Portugal.
In August I’ve started to talk about some technological weekly news at Patrulha.TV with my fellow friend André Tavares. Since both of us were doing a video podcast for the first time, it was a very good experience where we’ve learn a lot about communication, we’ve met a lot of new people, played with some gadgets, and above all, had lots of fun while doing it.
I don’t think that independent online video is very relevant in Portugal but I believe teenagers will consume more video content that TV in the years to come. That being said, the way content is produced and consumed is beginning to change and internet platforms will play a major role in this chenge.
At Patrulha.TV we want to be a part of this revolution.
I’ve also started an event social network TYMR.com. During the last months it has been responsible for 95% of my time and were I spend all my focus on. I’ve traveled thousands of KMs, stole hundreds of hours to my sleep, met dozens of people and made some of the toughest decisions of my life, but finally now it’s taking shape. This SaaS is currently in a very active development process and more features will be released very soon. Someday I’ll write a more detailed post about all this entrepreneurial experience, that still lasts and I hope it’s only in the beginning.
I want to believe that 2010 was just a warm-up year and that 2011 will be the year where the game really kicks off, that’s why I intend to be more active than ever and to keep on growing my skills. I feel that I have to push harder and that’s why I’m taking again the Red Pill.