Jon Fine regarding search at Web 2.0

Jon Fine regarding search at Web 2.0

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Jon's most current column from Business Week is here:

The conference's one reality check came during a panel that brought onstage a clutch of Web newbies. When asked to cite their favorite search engines, one woman named Google and online marketplace craigslist. This response brought the house down; geeks found it hilarious that a sellers site could be mistaken for a Google. But there was something to her point. Craigslist indexes so much stuff it practically qualifies as search. And, most important, she showed that a lot of people use the Web only for very prosaic pursuits.

This is the problem with constantly inventing the future: The version of it beloved to propeller-heads is rarely universally shared. In other words: maybe there's hope for the storytellers after all.

I hear this was a panel of older newbies.

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Amanda Aubry

Amanda, I'm really sorry to hear that, and would appreciate suggestions for how to warn people better.
(I've been asking that for years, nothing yet.)
thanks!/craig
So, I was on Criagslist. I was scammed by two con artists in Nigeria. I did not see a large PSA on your site. I am completely disappointed in the site.
Needless to say, I will spread the word about your site, and advise not to use it, especially since there was just a murder this week overseas linked to Craigslist
At no time did I feel I was being misled. I do not feel the warnings on your site are adequate. I have lost over 3200.00 from this incident. Typically I am a skeptic of people in general. However, this plan was methodical, leaving even the strongest of skeptics at theor mercy. I am so upset that there was not appropriate notification on your site, only a small link in red to read about scams. ( I did not see in the Phoenix rentals section) however. It was not on this link in particular. Again, needless to say, I will spread the word about your site, and advise not to use it, especially since there was just a murder this week overseas linked to Craigslist.

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Amanda Aubry

Craig,
It is nice to see your reply. Also I have seen a tremendous change with respects to posting online scam notifications. Much better. Job well done. I am greatful that you will be saving others the trouble I went through by being frauded by scammers. I appreciate your concern, and steps toward notifying the public.

Amanda Aubry

Craig,
It is nice to see your reply. Also I have seen a tremendous change with respects to posting online scam notifications. Much better. Job well done. I am grateful that you will be saving others the trouble I went through by being frauded by scammers. I appreciate your concern, and steps toward notifying the public.

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