This is very interesting. It’s no surprise that Wildfire got acquired. I’m just kind of surprised Facebook didn’t try and buy them (maybe they did and they just got outbid). Wildfire has received investment and deep partnership with Facebook. Or maybe Facebook sees it as a good thing if their competitors are selling their ads.
In response to a Wired article that ran yesterday, Google is fixing its archives of Usenet posts, one of the richest and oldest repositories of user-generated content ever to exist online.
For those of you under the age of 30, Usenet began in 1979 in Chapel Hill as a collection of newsgroups. In the years that followed, Internet history unfolded, jargon was coined, and lore was created in these discussions. In 2001, Google acquired two Usenet archives comprising 700 million posts and failed to index them in any meaningful way. As of today, that wrong is being righted.
I’m just old enough to have memories of Usenet sites. I hated them, and still to this day hate forums for the most part, because they are rich valuable sources of information but are horrible to navigate and search.