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Marissa Mayer’s Next Big Thing: “Contextual Discovery” — Google Results Without Search

Marissa Mayer’s Next Big Thing: “Contextual Discovery” — Google Results Without Search
Today at LeWeb ’10 in Paris, France, our own Michael Arrington took the stage to talk with Google’s Marissa Mayer. Mayer recently took a new job within Google. Technically, she’s now the head of consumer products for the company. So what’s she working on? Well, as we’ve all heard, location is a big part of it. “The idea is to push information to people,” Mayer said. Mayer said they’re still thinking about how the UI for all of this should look, but they have some ideas. “We’re trying to build a virtual mirror of the world at all times,” Mayer said. Below, find my live notes of the entire discussion (paraphrased): MA: So, you now have a new job MM: We’re calling it consumer products broadly. MA: Why give up search and do something different? MM: Well I had done it for about 11 years. MA: Let’s talk more about contextual discovery. MM: The idea is to push information to people. MA: Latitude is one of your products. MM: (Laughs) I use it. MA: But you are an avid Foursquare user. MM: I am. Related:  Cool posts

Google’s Marissa Mayer turns LeWeb interview into an Android commercial 8 December '10, 05:19pm Follow What do you get when you combine Michael Arrington with Marissa Mayer? You get a show. Not just great entertainment but also neatly scripted and measured answers and a slightly predictable program. Opening with questions about the failed acquisitions of Yelp and Groupon, we got exactly what we’d expect — very little. We got an interesting look at the new Maps function in all of its beauty on the Gingerbread OS and we also got to find out that Mayer actually uses the device herself. So no, the interview wasn’t as hard-hitting or insightful as we’d have hoped, but it was every bit as entertaining as we thought it would be. Interestingly, Mayer even agreed with what we found yesterday, in that the majority of the “applications” on the Chrome Web Store are simply hosted applications with easily-accessed links. Overall, it was still a great interview, with some insight about Mayer’s business sense.

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