The personalized search engine Findory will shut down Nov. 1, founder Greg Linden announced Sunday on his Geeking with Greg blog. Findory, which was launched in 2004, has been on auto-pilot since January, when Greg said development was being shelved as he focused more on his health and family. Here’s Sunday’s update:
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. On November 1, 2007, Findory will be shutting down. It was a wonderful experiment building Findory. Information personalization is in our future. Some day, online newspapers will focus on your interests, building you your own unique, customized front page of news. Some day, search engines will learn from what you do to help you find what you need. Some day, your computer will adapt to your needs to help with the task at hand. Some day, information overload will be tamed. But not today.
On Friday, Greg wrote about his experience scaling Findory’s infrastructure, which offers an interesting window into how to design a personalized service for speedy performance and growth.