This was a quote i found on Chris Anderson’s – the author of The Long Tail – and it refers to how search will be done in the future. The short popular stuff will be pre-loaded results by humans, the medium will be populated by friends and the obscure long tail is found by algorithms. The quote from the blog post is:
“The short head will be human, the fat middle social and the long tail algorithmic” Still, that single sentence is worth another book. I won’t write it, but I’ll bet someone else does.
It is an interesting way to think about it. Of course, it is all ad-supported and it does make a good case for Mahalo.