The Future of Web Search: From Static to Social to Realtime

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The internet shift from static to realtime is palpable. The basic premise of realtime search is to answer the simple yet important question: “What are other people saying about my query right now?” The result is an intriguing blend of news, trends, navigation and discovery, all powered by information users are creating in ever-increasing quantities. Traditional search engines struggle to keep up!

Search panelists from Yahoo!, Facebook, OneRiot and Collecta, will come together to discuss the future of web search. As the usage of real-time search starts to vector towards the mainstream, there are important questions to be answered such as: Why are realtime search mechanisms necessary? What does this mean for classical search providers and can they coexist with realtime? What are the use cases for second by second indexing of the web? What are the primary use cases of real-time search?

Panelists will discuss the persistent democratization of the internet and how social behavior and graphing plays a major part to index the realtime web. Other topics of discussion around realtime search include monetization strategies, the challenges facing traditional search engines, creating viable business models and the pervasive issues of spam and scalability. Attendees will leave this panel with a better understanding of the nuances, the challenges, the consumer and business opportunities and ultimately the value of delivering a new generation of search that is social and realtime.

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Erick Schonfeld


Erick Schonfeld is the Co-Editor of TechCrunch. He has been covering startups and technology news since 1993.

Prior to TechCrunch, he was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine, where he wrote feature stories and ran their main blog, Next Net, which had nearly 50,000 RSS subscribers. He also does a lot of video work and hosts regular panels of industry luminaries.

Schonfeld started his career at Fortune magazine. In 1999, he won the prize for best information technology submission at London’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards, and in 2001 he won the prize for best space submission at the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in Paris. In 1996 and 1997, Schonfeld was recognized in the TJFR Business News Reporter’s list of the “best and brightest financial journalists under the age of 30.” He appears regularly on CNBC, CNN, and NY1, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Schonfeld graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1993.

Akhil Wable


Akhil Wable
Akhil is the Engineering Manager at Facebook, leading the search team at the company. He was part of the early engineering team at Facebook and has played an important role in releasing a wide array of products. Prior to Facebook, Akhil was a Software Design Engineer at Microsoft. Akhil attended Carnegie Mellon University.

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Tobias Peggs


Tobias Peggs is the general manager of OneRiot, a realtime search engine that indexes the social web. Tobias has worked across both consumer and enterprise web industries since gaining a PhD in Search Algorithms from Cardiff University, UK, in 1996.

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Vik Singh

Yahoo Inc.

Vik Singh helped create and architect Yahoo! BOSS, a popular open search platform.

He developed several real-time BOSS based examples like TweetNews and the Fresh homepage for Delicious.

MIT’s Technology Review listed him as one of the Top 35 under 35 Innovators of 2009 for his contributions to search.

Vik Singh previously worked at Google and Microsoft, both in research and products, helping ship Google Custom Search and Windows XPSP2 Wireless Networking. At Microsoft Research, he worked under Dr. Jim Gray, co-authoring a publication together on data mining the SkyServer logs. He has filed 9 patents in the areas of search, social networking, and web services.

Gerry Campbell


Gerry Campbell is the CEO of Collecta, a real time search and personalized newsfeeds provider. Gerry was previously head of search at AOL and Reuters, was with Altavista when they spun out of Compaq, and is an angel investor in and advisor to several companies in the real time space, including formerly Summize, which now powers Twitter search, and which is how Gerry came to be a shareholder in Twitter. Gerry blogs at

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