The number of web sites in the world is already around 250 million and growing very fast. Also almost every body who sells something wants to have a web front end too. In this scenario of e-commerce website explosion, it is becoming increasingly difficult for a user to find the relevant information based on her needs. Below are some questions for which we will seek the answers:
- How does an Internet user know which site to use to pull out the information?
- Will the user get the best price and the best fit for her needs, just by searching the few sites she knows?
- How does the user know which sellers (sites) have what she needs?
- Also if she wants to compare the price (or other attributes of the product) from multiple vendors (web sites) how does she do?
- Won’t she be overwhelmed with data after just accessing a handful of seller web sites?
Read the white paper on Vertical Search to know the answers to the above questions.
We wrote this white paper a while back and sent it to some people, with the intent of introducing them to vertical search concepts and hoping to cause a change in how people think about their websites and data on the Internet.
Now trying to reach out to a wider audience, with the same intent. So please do read it and feel free to circulate it to anybody.
Key messages are:
1) Vertical Search is the future way of how people access any information on any domain, including travel.
2) Railways organizations like CRIS/IRCTC can really help catalyze the growth of innovative travel applications by making all their data public. There is already a precedence in the form of dataSF.org (this guardian article covers the benefits that the city of San Francisco is already reaping by putting their data out in the open)