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SDForum SearchSIG – “Product Search” – Tuesday Feb. 13, 2007 – 6:30 PM at Yahoo! with Yahoo! Shopping, Shopzilla, TheFind, DottedPair

January 30, 2007

So it’s all set. The next SearchSIG will be on product search. The panel will have representatives from Yahoo! Shopping, Shopzilla, TheFind, and DottedPair. It will be moderated by Brian Smith of ComparisonEngines.com.

Expect a lively discussion on the future of product search, monetization, user experience, and technology. Yes, I said lively. These guys all have a different approach to guiding customers to and through their site to find the right product at the right price.

Product search engines were the first true vertical search applications. Anyone interested in vertical search, e-commerce, feed management, and advanced search user experiences should check this out.

When: February 13, 2007

Time: 6:30 (registration) 7:00 (presentation)

Where: Yahoo! Main Campus, 701 First Ave. Sunnyvale Classrooms 4 & 5 in Building C

Register today!

Feel free to comment below or send me an email if you have suggested questions or topics that you’d like to cover.

beach [@] wink.com

SearchSIG – Product Search on Upcoming.org

January 29, 2007

Here is the upcoming.org event: http://upcoming.org/event/146278

I’ll update the blog with the final information tomorrow.

Thanks,

-beach

Next Search SIG – Feb. 13

December 13, 2006

Hello out there in search land. My name is David Beach… or just “Beach” if you prefer… a name that has stuck since grade school. I’m Director of Product Management for Wink.

I’m now a co-chair here, and I thought I’d dust off the blog a bit.

We’re planning the next SIG for February 13, 2007. The topic is “Product Search.” A subject close to my heart as I was at Yahoo! Shopping for the past 5 years. The details are being worked out right now, so we’ll keep you posted, but it should be a lively discussion. We’ll go over new trends, innovations, the role of advertising, product tagging, and will wrap up holiday 2006 to start.

Stay tuned, and have a great time shopping online this season.

Please let me know if you have any questions. beach [at] wink.com

-beach

SDForum Search SIG: The growing online video ecosystem – October 10th 6:30pm @ Microsoft – Featuring VideoEgg, Dabble, CastTV, POSTRoller

September 30, 2006

Close to 300 video hosting, sharing and editing sites have been counted to date, serving hundreds of millions, if not billions, of videos a day. Video creation is also growing exponentially, and the availability of decent video recording capabilities in cell phones will only accelerate it. It therefore made to us to organize a session on the developing online video ecosystem, ranging from editing, hosting, advertising to search and aggregation. And to make the picture complete, we have also invited the video content production side of things. We expect, and actually wanted, that we’ll discuss topics broader than search per se – but as we’ll establish it, search and discovery mechanisms are fundamental enablers in the world of videos.

To MC the event, we have also decided to innovate: we will have two moderators, who – amongst so many things – produce the “Om & Niall Podsessions” podcast. Om as in Om Malik and Niall as in Niall Kennedy, who are both actors and commentators of the evolving development of online media. Their recent podcast on the topic of video led to their leading this session.

Will be joining us on October 10th for that session:

  • Video Editing and Hosting: VideoEgg – Matt Sanchez
  • Video Search: CastTV – Alex Vikati
  • Video Bookmarking: Dabble – Mary Hodder
  • Video Advertising Network: POSTRoller – Tod Sacerdoti

The event will take place at the Conference Center of the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus (Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View) which has a capacity of 270 attendees. We suggest that you pre-register on this page of the SDForum web site. Note that we will only be able to accept sign-ups at the door based on the remaining capacity. This will also help us figuring out required food and beverages. To speed up the signing process, please print, fill in and bring this form if you are parking your car on the Microsoft campus

The now well established Search SIG Agenda format will be used:

6:30-7:00pm – Registration / Food & Drink
7:00–7:05pm – A few words about the Search SIG
7:05-8:15pm – Act I: The growing online video ecosystem
8:15-8:30pm – Intermission: Search Networking & Geeking Out
8:30-9:00pm – Act II: Product Demos from VideoEgg, CastTV, Dabble and POSTRoller– and Q&A with the audience
9:00-9:15pm – Open Mike Geek: Announcements (30 seconds of fame & fortune)
9:16pm – You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here

Do get in touch with us (searchsig [at] gmail [dot] com) if you want to use a demo slot to launch a new search startup (one, and maybe two companies can take advantage of that).

And remember, there is a distribution list for Search SIG announcements – if you want to join, send an email to sdforum_searchsig-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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May Search SIG: gone fishin’…

May 8, 2006

Apologies for the late notice, however Jeff & Dave are taking the month of May off for the Search SIG… Jeff is hard at work both in LA & Silicon Valley, and Dave is hardly working while on vacation in Tokyo with the in-laws.

We’ll get back to our regular Search SIG meeting in June July… soon as we have an update we’ll post it here.

until then, here’s hoping you catch yourself a big one!

Feb 8th Search SIG: Classified Search (GoogleBase, Oodle, Edgeio)

January 21, 2006

Mark your calendars folks — here’s the lineup for our Wed Feb 8th Search SIG:

Classified Search: All Your Ads Belong To Us

*PLEASE PRE-REGISTER* on the SDForum site — last month over 200 people attended, and previous Search SIG meetings at Google have drawn 300+. don’t be the last kid on your block to register, we WILL sell out.

Search SIG Meeting Agenda & Format:

6:30-7:00pm – Registration / Food & Drink
7:00–7:05pm – A few words about the Search SIG
7:05-8:15pm – Act I: State of the Art of Online Classifieds & Search
8:15-8:30pm – Intermission: Search Networking & Geeking Out
8:30-9:00pm – Act II: Product Demos / GoogleBase, Oodle, Edgeio
9:00-9:15pm – Open Mike Geek: Announcements (30 seconds of fame)
9:16pm – You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here

UPDATE: location is now confirmed, at the GooglePlex, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View (click link for directions).

SDForum Search SIG – Search Different: Tagging, Social Bookmarking and Sharing – Jan 10th @ Yahoo – Featuring Del.icio.us, Digg, Kaboodle & Wink

January 4, 2006

As already announced before the holidays, we are looking forward to a great event for the first session of 2006 of the SDForum Search SIG, and hope that you will be able to join us.
The session will focus on “alternate? search mechanisms that have been developed over the past 12 months such as bookmarking, tagging, rating, sharing and any combination thereof – generally in a social context. These concepts have grown to being at the core of many Web 2.0 companies, and offer a different way of finding or discovering “stuff? online – as a complement or alternative to traditional search engines.
As usual with Search SIG events, we will have a panel moderated by the host of the session, followed by demonstrations from presenting companies. Our host for the event will be Charlene Li, from Forrester Research and will be joined by 4 founders of exciting startups:

• Joshua Schachter – Del.icio.us (recently acquired by Yahoo)
• Kevin Rose – Digg
• Manish Chandra – Kaboodle
• Michael Tanne – Wink

This session will take place on Tue Jan 10th at Yahoo’s HQ (701 First Avenue, Building C, Room 4&5 in Sunnyvale, CA), and will promptly start at 7:15PM (registration from 6:45PM on).

As to the agenda:

6:45-7:15pm – Registration / Food & Drink
7:15–7:20pm – A few words about the Search SIG
7:20-8:20pm – Act I: State of the Art of “Searching Different? through a panel discussion led by our moderator, Charlene Li
8:20-8:30pm – Intermission: Search Networking & Geeking Out
8:30-9:00pm – Act II: Product Demos from Del.icio.us, Digg, Kaboodle and Wink – and Q&A with the audience
9:00-9:15pm – Open Mike Geek: Announcements (30 seconds of fame & fortune)
9:16pm – You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here

Attendance is free for SDForum members, and charge is $15 for non-members – paid at the door. You can register for the event on the SDForum website, where you will also find the latest information about the session.
Note to Yahoo employees: the session is free of charge for you, but the pre-registration system does not handle your specific case. Just identify yourself at the door on the day of the event.
And remember, there is a distribution list for Search SIG announcements – if you want to join, send an email to sdforum_searchsig-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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SIG Session on Alternate Search: tagging, bookmarking and social sharing – Jan 10, 2006 at Yahoo HQ

December 22, 2005

Before everyone disappears on holidays, here is a quick pre-announcement regarding the January session of the Search SIG, which should take place on Jan 10th (though the date is not 100% confirmed) and will be hosted by our friends from Yahoo at their headquarter in Sunnyvale.

The theme of the session will be Alternate Search, and will cover the mechanisms developed over the past 12 months to create new ways of indexing and discovering information: tagging, bookmarking,… shared amongst friends or communities.

Charlene Li has kindly agreed to be the moderator of the event, that will involved Wink’s Michael Tanne, Kaboodle’s Manish Chandra and a few other executives who have not confirmed yet.

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January Search SIG: Tagging & al

December 18, 2005

As most of you have now figured out, the Search SIG has taken a break in December because Dave and I were both busy with a number of things, and we did not find the time to organize our usual event. We are now planning the January session which will be focusing on Tagging. We will publish more information in the coming days about who, where, when, etc.

Until then… Happy Holidays!

Search SIG – The Search: A ten year perspective with John Battelle – Nov 10th – Microsoft Campus, Mountain View, CA – Pre-Registration Required!

November 4, 2005

Search SIG Mashup

Apologies for the very short notice about this month’s session but we have run into a few logistics issues that led us to publish this program only one week in advance. We are bringing you a great program anyway :-).

Quick logistics note: the event requires a pre-registration and will be limited to 270 attendees, the capacity of the  Conference Center of the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus (Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View). We will only be able to accept sign-ups at the door based on the remaining capacity, so we suggest you do register in advance. This will also help us figuring out required food and beverages. To speed up the signing process, please print, fill in and bring this form if you are parking your car on the Microsoft campus.

The topic of this month is “The Search: A ten year perspective”, during which we will look back at the early days of the search industry, its key turning points, and discuss its short term outlook and its future.

John BattelleIn order to address that topic exhaustively, we could only invite one expert to be the host of our session: John Battelle, the author of the reference book: The Search. John has kindly accepted to share his views, and interesting anecdotes with us in a fireside chat with Dan Farber, the Editor in Chief of ZDNet. John will then moderate a panel gathering  founders or executives of new search engines, all having launched in the last few months. John will ask them about their aspirations, motivations, and potential concerns in entering this large market already counting a number of 800–pound gorillas.

Our panelists will be:

  • Adam Beguelin, Truveo
  • Pete Flint, Trulia
  • Gautam Godhwani, SimplyHired
  • Tony Gentile, Healthline

Here is the agenda:

6:30-7:00pm – Getting your pre-registered badge, and mingling over snacks and drinks
7:00–7:05pm – Welcome
7:05-7:55pm – Act I: John Battelle on “The Search: A ten year perspective”, interviewed by Dan Farber
7:55-8:05pm – Intermission: Search Networking & Geeking Out
8:05-8:55pm – Act II: The vertical search market – a SWOT analysis
9:00–9:20pm – Act III: Demos from Truveo, Trulia, SimplyHired and Healthline
9:20-9:30pm – Open Mike Geek: Announcements (30 seconds of fame & fortune)

Note: at the end of our meeting, we will provide audience members with the opportunity to make very QUICK 30-second announcements of community geek benefit. however, if you exceed the time limit, you WILL get the hook ;)

The charge ? Free for SDForum members, $15 for non-members – paid during the pre-registration.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Please note that we are also arranging for a book signing session of The Search at the beginning and the end of the event.

Any question ? Feel free to leave a comment, or send an email to searchsig [at] gmail [dot] com.  And remember, there is a distribution list for Search SIG announcements – if you want to join, send an email to sdforum_searchsig-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. And do pre-register!

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