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John Battelle's Search Blog



Thoughts on the intersection of search, media, technology, and more.



Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:37:52 +0000

 



This Is What Happens When Context Is Lost.

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:37:52 +0000

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(Cross posted from NewCo Shift) Facebook and Google’s advertising infrastructure is one of humanity’s most marvelous creations. It’s also one of its most terrifying, because, in truth, pretty much no one really understands how it works. Not Mark Zuckerberg, not Larry Page, and certainly not Russian investigator Robert Mueller, although of the bunch, it seems Mueller […]

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The Data Deal Is Opaque. We Should Fix It.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:46:21 +0000

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I wrote this post over on NewCo Shift, but it’s germane to the topics here on Searchblog, so I’m cross posting here… What Did You *Think* They Do With Your Data? Admit it, you know your data is how you pay for free services. And you’re cool with it. So let’s get the value exchange right. Topping […]

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No. Social Terrorists Will Not Win

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 02:42:37 +0000

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                          A small group of social terrorists have hijacked the rational discourse led by society’s most accomplished, intelligent, and promising organizations. (cross posted from NewCo Shift) Let’s start with this: Google is not a perfect company. It’s easy to cast it as an omniscient […]

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My New Column – Please Sign Up!

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 13:12:35 +0000

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Hi Searchblog readers. I know it’s been a while. But I’m writing a new column over at NewCo Shift, and instead of posting it verbatim here every other day (it comes out three times a week), I figured I’d let you know, and if you’d like to read it (my musings are pretty Searchbloggy, to […]

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Uber Does Not Equal The Valley

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 03:56:25 +0000

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Now that the other shoe has dropped, and Uber’s CEO has been (somewhat) restrained, it’s time for the schadenfreude. Given Uber’s remarkable string of screwups and controversies, it’s coming in thick, in particular from the East coast. And while I believe Uber deserves the scrutiny — there are certainly critical lessons to be learned — the hot takes from […]

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Is Humanity Obsolete?

Wed, 31 May 2017 19:38:30 +0000

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image Upon finishing Yuval Harari’s Homo Deus, I found an unwelcome kink in my otherwise comfortably adjusted frame of reference. It brought with it the slight nausea of a hangover, a lingering whiff of jet exhaust from a hard night, possibly involving rough psychedelics. I’m usually content with my (admittedly incomplete) understanding of the role […]

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The Internet Big Five Is Now The World’s Big Five

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:11:05 +0000

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Back in December of 2011, I wrote a piece I called “The Internet Big Five,” in which I noted what seemed a significant trend: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook were becoming the most important companies not only in the technology world, but in the world at large. At that point, Facebook had not yet […]

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Dear Facebook…Please Give Me Agency Over The Feed

Sun, 07 May 2017 21:30:55 +0000

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(cross posted from NewCo Shift) Like you, I am on Facebook. In two ways, actually. There’s this public page, which Facebook gives to people who are “public figures.” My story of becoming a Facebook public figure is tortured (years ago, I went Facebook bankrupt after reaching my “friend” limit), but the end result is a […]

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Ads. Grrr.

Thu, 04 May 2017 05:31:56 +0000

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(Cross posted on Medium) I honestly didn’t want to say this, but. I did have other things to do tonight than write about advertising. Again. But g’damn, folks. Can we get our shit together? I know Google thinks it is doing something about it. But that Chrome feature you call ad blocking? Well, OK, there’s […]

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Please, Let’s Not Go There Again

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:00:28 +0000

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Here’s a top-of-my-head rundown of all the shit going down that promises to take us forty years back, to a time when, well…you decide what kind of time it was. Women had to fight for basic rights. Anyone remember “women’s lib”? That movement found its voice in the 70s, and made steady if punctuated progress […]

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