Oct 9th. The Search for Better Health: Empowering Consumer Health

Posted August 22, 2008 by searchsig
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  • Yahoo‘s Director of Product Management, Don Chennavasin
  • RightHealth/ Kosmix‘s RightHealth Product Manager, Saumil Mehta
  • Healthline‘s Chairman and CEO, West Shell

Moderator: Matthew Holt, The Health Care Blog and The Health 2.0 Conference

Thursday, October 9, 2008
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Microsoft Silicon Valley Conference Center
1065 La Avenida, Building 1
Mountain View, CA

From health search engines and widgets to social networks and web med journals, consumers have access to more medical information than ever before. A recent PEW report estimates 75-80% of all Internet users have searched online for health info. In fact, 75% of e-patients with a chronic condition say their last health search affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition.

How consumers search for health data and interact with information in cyberspace is changing the way we live. From developing healthier habits to asking better questions with their doctors and controlling online medical records, the web is empowering patients around the globe.

In this discussion, Health 2.0 experts from Kosmix’s RightHealth, Healthline, Yahoo! and others will discuss the rising popularity of online health information sites, and its impact on the medical field. This panel, moderated by Matthew Holt of the Health 2.0 conference, will also provide insight into health user behavior, lessons learned and plans for the future.


Search SIG Tomorrow Night.

Posted July 7, 2008 by searchsig
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At least one of the panelists, plans to make a major announcement tomorrow night…

Join the lively discussion with Facebook, FriendFeed, Mahalo, and Wikia Search.

Date: July 8, 2008

Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Cubberly Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Pizza will be served.

New Search SIG Co-Chair

Posted June 25, 2008 by searchsig
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Please join me in welcoming Aditya Agarwal as the new co-chair for the Search SIG. Aditya is Director of Engineering at Facebook, has deep experience in search, and brings great enthusiasm to the Search SIG.

Robert Tri, Co-Chair

July 8th Event. Social Search.

Posted June 22, 2008 by searchsig
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Social Search

Will Community Wisdom Take Search and Discovery to the Next Level?

With your moderator Safa Rashtchy, join a lively discussion with

  • Facebook’s Ari Steinberg,
  • FriendFeed’s CEO Bret Taylor,
  • Mahalo’s CEO Jason Calacanis, and
  • Wikia Search‘s Jeremie Miller

on what up-and-comers are doing to provide improved search and discovery capabilities through the wisdom of the crowd and how it will impact the overall consumer web search marketplace. We will address questions such as:

  • What is social search and discovery? Why and how does it enhance the user experience?
  • What are the potentials for social search –what are its limitations?
  • When will social search reach an inflection point?
  • What are the best platforms/networks or technologies for social search and discovery?
  • Who are the most successful existing platforms on social search and discovery?
  • Will social search supplement or replace current search and discovery processes?
  • What types of players are best positioned to capture the largest market share?
  • What are the roles of social networks and “traditional” search sites in this new area?

Confirmed Panelists:



Moderator Safa Rashtchy is well known for his expertise on search and for hosting the teen panel at Web 2.0 Summits and for his prescient investor analysis on the search space as Piper Jaffrey’s Managing Director for Global Internet Media.



Date: July 8, 2008

Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Cubberly Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Registration: http://www.sdforum.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Calendar.eventDetail&eventID=13050

Search SIG Tonight!

Posted February 12, 2008 by searchsig
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Using the Social Graph / Social Platforms to Enhance Search & Discovery

When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008
Where: Yahoo! Main Campus, Sunnyvale, CA – Building C. Classroom 5.

Kevin Marks from Google
Aditya Argarwal from Facebook
Kent Brewster of Yahoo!
Eve Phillips CEO of Chirp

With Dave McClure moderating. This should be a good one!



Register here: http://sdforum.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Calendar.eventDetail&eventID=12986

Search SIG Feb. 12, 2008 – The Social Graph & Search

Posted January 31, 2008 by searchsig
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Hey, I know it’s been a long time. But we’re getting back up to speed with an awesome event.

Dude, Where’s My Car?  Using the Social Graph / Social Platforms to Enhance Search & Discovery

When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008
Where: Yahoo! Main Campus, Sunnyvale, CA –  Building C. Classroom 5.
Who: Dave McClure will moderate! (more to come soon)

topics to cover:
– platform overviews / highlight unique features of each platform (API overview / features)
– explore social graph search / friend list lookup — as API feature  (on platform vs embedded external)
– discuss targeted search vs serendipitous discovery (search box vs news feed)
– enabling friend lists / social graph lookup from email / IM / other data sources
– opportunities for 3rd-party developers — distribution / viral acquisition / monetization
– review privacy mgmt / data portability — high priority or not?  alpha geek issue, or mainstream?

Upcoming: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/421044/

Register for the event (these fill up fast!)http://sdforum.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Calendar.eventDetail&eventID=12986

People Search – Search SIG – Tuesday, May 8th

Posted May 1, 2007 by searchsig
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This should be a good one! People search is fast becoming a leading vertical search category, with many different approaches to solve the problem. We have three of the leading thinkers in the game on our panel, plus Michael Arrington of TechCrunch Moderating. “Find yourself” at this awesome event!

Michael Tanne – CEO Wink

Jaideep Singh – CEO Spock

Bryan Burdick – COO ZoomInfo

  • 30% of all searches on Google or Yahoo! are for specific people or people related.
  • Marge Simpson “googled” herself for the first time on the latest episode of The Simpsons
  • Is there room for a smart new company to take the place of a general search engine to provide better and more accurate results for people queries?
  • What’s more important… the head or the tail?
  • What about disambiguation? How can that be achieved?
  • How does the concept of identity management play in to all of this?
  • more more more!

Come and join us…

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

Where: Building 43 – Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043

See you there!

Here it is on Upcoming: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/183783/