My Predictions for 2018

My Predictions for 2018

The post My Predictions for 2018 appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (cross posted from NewCo Shift) So many predictions from so many smart people these days. When I started doing these posts fifteen years ago, prognostication wasn’t much in the air. But a host of way-smarter-than-me folks are...Read more
Predictions 2017 – How’d I Do This Year?

Predictions 2017 – How’d I Do This Year?

The post Predictions 2017 – How’d I Do This Year? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Every year, I make predictions, and every year, I score myself. As I wrote nearly 12 months ago, 2017 felt particularly unpredictable. As it turns out, my musings were often on target. Except when...Read more

Data Concentration In Platforms – A Modest Proposal

The post Data Concentration In Platforms – A Modest Proposal appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. image (I’ve been writing on NewCo Shift for the most part, but I wanted my Searchblog readers to know two things: One, I’m working on getting this site totally redone, and will be...Read more

Amazon’s HQ2 Isn’t a Headquarters. So What Is It?

The post Amazon’s HQ2 Isn’t a Headquarters. So What Is It? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Crossposted from NewCo Shift. Everyone’s favorite parlor game is “where will Amazon go?” Better to ask: Why does Amazon needs a second headquarters in the first place? It’s the future! Rendering of Amazon’s new...Read more
This Is What Happens When Context Is Lost.

This Is What Happens When Context Is Lost.

The post This Is What Happens When Context Is Lost. appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (Cross posted from NewCo Shift) Facebook and Google’s advertising infrastructure is one of humanity’s most marvelous creations. It’s also one of its most terrifying, because, in truth, pretty much no one really understands...Read more

The Data Deal Is Opaque. We Should Fix It.

The post The Data Deal Is Opaque. We Should Fix It. appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. I wrote this post over on NewCo Shift, but it’s germane to the topics here on Searchblog, so I’m cross posting here… What Did You *Think* They Do With Your Data? Admit it,...Read more
No. Social Terrorists Will Not Win

No. Social Terrorists Will Not Win

The post No. Social Terrorists Will Not Win appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.                           A small group of social terrorists have hijacked the rational discourse led by society’s most accomplished, intelligent, and promising organizations. (cross posted from...Read more

My New Column – Please Sign Up!

The post My New Column – Please Sign Up! appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Hi Searchblog readers. I know it’s been a while. But I’m writing a new column over at NewCo Shift, and instead of posting it verbatim here every other day (it comes out three times...Read more
Uber Does Not Equal The Valley

Uber Does Not Equal The Valley

The post Uber Does Not Equal The Valley appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Now that the other shoe has dropped, and Uber’s CEO has been (somewhat) restrained, it’s time for the schadenfreude. Given Uber’s remarkable string of screwups and controversies, it’s coming in thick, in particular from the...Read more

Is Humanity Obsolete?

The post Is Humanity Obsolete? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. image Upon finishing Yuval Harari’s Homo Deus, I found an unwelcome kink in my otherwise comfortably adjusted frame of reference. It brought with it the slight nausea of a hangover, a lingering whiff of jet exhaust from a...Read more