History tells that Massimo Marchiori, Computer Science professor at Padua University (Italy), known mainly for creating (in 1997) Hyper Search, the first search engine ranking web pages based on links, inspired Larry Page and Sergey Brin to create PageRank first, and then Google(with the authorization of a 24 years old Marchiori, who back then did not patent the technology).
Now with Volunia, Massimo is ready to write a new Internet history page and "re-invent Google the second time over".
On February 6th 2012 Volunia will launch its world-wide service, beginning to grant system access to selected users (Power Users). "Power Users will find an entirely new application on the Web, whose innovation will not consist just in the search engine," Marchiori says, "which will be exclusively concentrated on the search for the most important sites world-wide, rather in the whole user experience with the Volunia system."
Diretta live dell'evento previsto per il 6 Febbraio 2012 alle 12.00. Il servizio è offerto in collaborazione con l'ufficio stampa dell'Università degli Studi di Padova.
La RAI (Italian National Television), sostiene che "Massimo Marchiori, di fatto è l’inventore dell’algoritmo di Google, Hyper Search... ora con il nuovo motore di ricerca tutto italiano, Volunia, potrebbe far diventare Google preistoria."
Potremmo dire "se son rose fioriranno", ma nel frattempo una cosa e` certa: finalmente gli italiani stanno imparando l'uso dell'iperbole (all'americana...) nella loro comunicazione aziendale. :)
...se son cardi, all'italiana, c'inventeremo qualcos'altro.
...this is actually cute:
May be cute, but totally useless!
"Rimandato"... questo il giudizio "su strada" di laRepubblica/Tecnologia: "Dentro Volunia, il motore italiano ci sono ancora limiti".
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Perlopiu` per le stesse ragioni citate nelle critiche (costruttive) di questo thread.
Piu` un paio di test tecnico/statistici.
Beh... in un settore dove (a sentir tutti) per aver successo bisogna fallire almeno un paio di volte, essere rimandati quanto vale?
Some promising ideas with a very bad implementation both under the hood and in terms of look and feel. Unfortunately, once exposed to community, most of the good part could be more effectively adopted by someone else.
Many Italian hold this obsolete believe that ideas are the most valuable part of a business. It is just not true with very few exceptions, and in my opinion Volunia is not one of the exceptions. Nothing in Volunia is radically new, we already saw every single component in some other website or software program. If there is a value in Volunia, it's the vision and the way individual components are combined together. Even from this point of view, if there is something that nobody will ever be able or interested in stealing from you is your long term vision, if you have one.
As for the first part of your reply, I agree with you.
Concerning the second one, maybe I didn't get your point... do you consider the smart combination of some individual components fostered by Volunia as its long-term vision? If so, then I think someone interested in taking advantage of it would be present.
There are different projects targeted towards a new combination of web retrieval and social networks. First, most of the today search engines already consider social feedback in their web retrieval algorithms, hence refining the search. Second, there are also initiatives that slightly resemble Volunia's philosophy (as a stupid example, think about Google's social services: Buzz and Google+). Even a simple positive or negative feedback coming from Volunia's launch can determine a strategic change in these other projects as well.
I don't think Google or Facebook will ever need to look at Volunia to validate their vision and plans for the future.
It's a nice idea for those who have little or nothing to do in life except to see what other people think about them and who thrive on synthetic relationships with 10,000 of their best friends. Frankly, the world's apetite for more information is dwarfed by its thirst for communication in which people actually talk to and to understand each other. We gravitate toward information because it is easy to produce. We flee communication because it takes so much effort. So, as long as the world continues to spin toward more narcissism and self-trivialization, volunia will probably fit in very nicely because its value is really the meshing of the features of social media with our relatively recent willingness to confuse data with communication.