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Google’s Marissa Mayer: Social search is the future [venturebeat.com]
In a recent interview with VentureBeat (see Q&A below), she says she considers social search to be an essential part of the leading search engine in coming years.
She hints Gmail may be used to identify your friends, using their search history to influence search results for you and those in your social network. While this network would likely first be built on Gmail contacts, Marissa wouldn’t rule out importing friends from third-party networks down the road. But it’s clear Google wants to have the user explicitly approve them.
[edited by: jatar_k at 2:03 pm (utc) on Feb. 1, 2008]
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I'm not a fan of social search <grunt>to put it mildly</grunt>, but sometimes we have to get dragged kicking and screaming into things whether we like it or not.