google’s purchase of outride sounds interesting, but the report is a bit skimpy on the technical details:

“”Outride has made significant advances in the field of relevance technology and we believe Google provides the ideal vehicle to continue the development of these technologies,” said Larry Page, one of Google’s co-founders.”

“Outride, based in Redwood City, Calif., was founded in May 2000 to develop “model-based relevance” technology designed to simplify information searches.”

if you want more information and attemt to visit the outride webpage, you’re out of luck sinse it already redirects to google’s page. ironically, the page is still in google’s cache, although it’s equally skimpy on details. tomalak points to an older article that gives a little more information [ when outride was called groupfire], but i’m not sure how up-to-date it still is:

“Called GroupFire, the service lets users access, search and share their favorite Web resources from any computer over the Internet. GroupFire has a surf-along user interface that automatically records an end user’s favorite URLs. The list of URLs is regularly updated to reflect changes in a user’s surfing habits. The list can be kept private or posted to a group.”

hmmm. i wonder how you get from sharing urls to “model-based relevance technology”. maybe it gives you recommendations of urls based on sites you visit? i wonder how this relates to opencola’s folders project?

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