Alexa turned into web service - Amazon back to its innovative best
John Battelle just posted that Amazon is opening up its Alexa search data and tools to the world! According to John, Alexa has about 5 billion documents in its index, which is about 100 terabytes of data. With this move anyone will be able to use Alexa's index to develop their own services. As John wrote:
"Anyone can also use Alexa's servers and processing power to mine its index to discover things - perhaps, to outsource the crawl needed to create a vertical search engine, for example. Or maybe to build new kinds of search engines entirely, or ?well, whatever creative folks can dream up. And then, anyone can run that new service on Alexa's (er?Amazon's) platform, should they wish."