everybody together now: “holy crap!”

Dan Gillmor: Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time
Gbloogle: what it all (may) mean

I missed all this last night because I was reading Smart Mobs (excellent exciting/depressing book, btw) and this morning because I was serving as an ad-hoc research assistant.

dude. I have no idea what this means. 🙂 I hear/read the wild speculations about intranet appliances, strange new search features, a battle with Yahoo…but I honestly have no opinion. (yet, anyway.) it’ll be nice if Google gets Blogger a little more stability, and us users some more nifty features. (and might make Blogger a much stronger contender to keep running the various blogs that we use at work.)

I’m nervous about the question of Google’s potential monopoly power, but only in a vague way.

Mark P. quotes Vannevar Bush, which seems like a good place to return to. (Smart Mobs mentions “As We May Think” as well…is there a book on computing and human behavior that doesn’t?) “[The memex] is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.” Google is our group record of what is, and the weblog is an individual’s record of what was. (or at least mine is…YMMV.)

and I’ll leave it at that for now.