Thoughts on Structured/Unstructured and Shared Information Management using Wiki and other emerging technologies
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Google can enable access-controlled searches!

With the current infrastructure, google is in inevitable position to enable Access controlled searches.

What is meant by access-controlled search? Basically I would like some of my own content to be searchable by some of my friends. This is probably something that most social sites want to add; but can't add because most of such information is in emails (or in desktop).

Why is google (through gmail) in a good position to implement this? Here is the recipe:

In essence, to me it looks like best possible UI for access controlled search based on contacts: Associate labels to contacts and mark the label with read permissions. One could even mark it as "public" and let it be searchable by google - after masking off From/To/Cc and dates.

In any case, the real problem is: "How do we label the content efficiently?" Labeling contacts is easy and done only once (such as "Family", "My School Friends", "My new startup biz contacts", "VCs".) This in turn allows emails from those contacts to have same label and this is good thing.

This might as well be a killer feature for google.


About this blog
All realms of collaboration:
  • Wiki. Weblogs
  • New Integration Platforms for combined structured and unstructured information: Wiki, Portals, Email Clients,
  • Collaborative Document editing, Collaborative knowledge building
  • Email Interfaces to collaborative shares
  • Information organization, management, Publishing: In context of organizations, individuals, Opensource projects etc.
About me:
Name:Vinod Kulkarni

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