Maker Community News

by | Jan 14, 2022 | Featured, News | 0 comments

I did a quick Google search to find some topics to write about. 6.4 billion results. Wow, um, thanks?

How I Got Here

I’m busy designing our home page and I think I have the main body section complete. I have a “featured” blog post on the right side of the page and I don’t know about you but when I see a “post”, I always what to see what other fresh content might be related to that post. All too often, embedded posts became static and old by the time I see them.

The home page, I think to myself, should be about “news” so I decided to add a row of recent posts from the news category to the bottom of the page. The problem is, this is a brand new site and I don’t yet have enough news posts to fill out a single four-column grid. I. need. more. content.

Google To The Rescue!

We all love and hate Google, but it is the immediate ubiquitous answer to many of life’s problems. In this case, surely Dr. Google (think of Siri, but with a PhD) will come to the rescue and pop out a nice collection of news topics. I’ll just browse the search results and pick a few…

But you know, of course, what the results will be without even looking, don’t you? Here we got 7.6 Ba-Billion results and we know that nothing past the first page will be of any value. But what a great topic to write about! It’s a Meta topic!

Can We Do Better?

No, of course not. Google has total control over what content anyone will ever find. Think I’m kidding? Check out these numbers:

Credit: StatCounter Global Stats - Search Engine Market Share

We Can Do Better

It will be a lot of work, but there are plenty of examples of curated content out there. I’m sure you know about Wikipedia, Stack Overflow, Ballotpedia, Reddit, and Fandom (RIP Gamepedia). Of course, there are many collections of information maintained by private companies, almost always behind a pay wall. We need to find which content curation model best fits our needs, and then just get on with it.