Yet another Twitter/Google analogy...

I had a hallway conversation last week that triggered yet another Twitter/Google analogy for me.

Google is like a library, Twitter is like a bar.

Searching for something on Twitter e.g. "Michael Jackson dies" results in a lot of very immediate, very shallow, perhaps even inaccurate results but its interesting, has attribution, and satisfies a voyeuristic tendency we all have. The same applies for Facebook status messages.

Google is much more like a library: better quality, better sources, but a little more delayed and "stiff"

Even controlling for their other uses, libraries tend to be less popular than bars, so that's something I'm sure worries some folks at Google.
Possible solution for Google: Library Bar?:)


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