10 April 2006

Webaroo - Yawnaroo

Convincing proof that Web 2.0 is a replay of Web 1.0 comes in the form of Webaroo. As this piece from Om Malik explains, this start-up aims to offer users a compressed "best of the Web" that they can carry around on their laptops and use even when they're offline.

Sorry, this idea was invented back in 1995, when Frontier Technologies released its SuperHighway Access CyberSearch, a CD-ROM that contained a "best of the Web" based on Lycos - at the time, one of the best search engines. As I wrote in September 1995:

Not all of the Lycos base has been included: contained in the 608 Mbytes on the disc is information on around 500,000 pages. The search engine is also simplified: whereas Lycos possesses a reasonably powerful search language, the CyberSearch tool allows you to enter just a word or phrase.

Only the scale has changed....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I dont think Lycos updates the content frequently as these guys are planning to do.

glyn moody said...

I think you're right - not least because I was referring to the Lycos of 1995, which is certainly out of date....

Anonymous said...

Hi Glyn

It was great to see a mention about Webaroo in your blog.

I work for Webaroo and would recommend you to check out the latest 1.3 version of Webaroo with its new added features and multiple languages.

Priya

Do visit the Webaroo site and share your feedback with us

glyn moody said...

Thanks, I will.

Technocrati said...

Hi, Webaroo has released a new version of our product - Webaroo 2. This version lets you download YouTube videos, Flickr photos and more... Check it out at http://my.webaroo.com

Vishy - VP, Engg - Webaroo

glyn moody said...

Thanks for the update.