Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Digital Swiss Army Knife

Google has a new feature called 'Web Alerts' that lets you specify a web search to be performed daily or weekly; any results are emailed to you. They've got a similar search (NewsAlerts) that limits the search to news items. This isn't quite the 'intelligent agent' promised in the Sci Fi books, but it is a step in the right direction. Add these to Google's local search (that returns results that are near a physical address) and some of the other interesting tools coming out of Google Labs, and we might someday be able to navigate the infospace without drowning in advertisements and porn.