Charming, that Brewster
We just love the warmth and intelligence of Brewster Kahle, the man with one of those enigmatic, unforgettable names (Cf. Ayrton Senna). He’s some kind of majordomo at Alexa, which does something or other. Search or something. We’re not sure what.
Nice interviewette in Feed:
- “[I]f you are the 100,000th Web site there’s nothing really startling to stop you from becoming the top 100th. You’re just have to be better to more people. [...] And we’ve studied Web sites that have broken into the top 100. And where did they come from? There are some portals in foreign countries that are breaking into the big time. Italy and Korea have three portals break into the top 100 in the last eight months, coming from pretty far down. So welcome to the Net, Italy.”
- “And what we’re finding is, people are interesting, diverse and peculiar. They are constantly looking for new things that are of interest to them. [...P]eople don’t just find the five Web sites in general. People think they do – if you ask people, what are the five Web sites you go to, there’ll be five of them on that list because that’s kind of all you can remember, plus or minus two or something. But, in general, people do stray around.”
Yes. People doggedly insist on using the Web to slake their own thirsts. Take that, Mickey Mouse.
Posted on 2000-10-18