Have you heard the term, “vertical search”? If not, you can expect to hear a lot about it over the coming months.
These days it seems people can’t agree on what certain words or phrases mean. If you’re interested, here are two articles which explain what “vertical search” is. They don’t exactly agree!
I read about this first, from a third source which I can’t find at the moment. It defined “vertical search” along the lines of AI. Search results would be influenced by your search history…ugh.
Anyway, this got me thinking. I feel that some people have “vertical knowledge”. That is, they know a lot about a certain thing but very little or perhaps, nothing, outside their area of operation. “AO” as my retired military husband would say. Let me give you an example.
I had a client who claimed she knew herself very well. She had a stellium in Scorpio. I suspected there was a lot more for her to discover but that’s beside the point I want to make.
The consultation was about relating to other people. “Let’s say you’re right,” I said. “You know everything there is to know about yourself, but how is that going to help you connect with another person? That’s a whole new area!”
I pictured a tower, long and tall and narrow. That’s fine, but it stands alone. And this works for an inanimate object, but what if you’re human?
I then considered a group of people I know; groups like this are everywhere. These are like-minded people who unfailingly reassure and reinforce each other. They come to believe that they, in this this circle of friends or other group, have it all figured out. They are always, always, always right.
This seems like “vertical knowledge” to me. These people have no earthly idea what the person next to them is thinking or feelings. The stranger’s thoughts and feelings have been assigned to them but the BORG that is this the small group.
This is an insanely limiting way to life. Jupiter is what’s lacking here. Broaden your view. Open your mind to the possibility there may other horizons…
Well, in fact their are other horizons! This can’t be denied. Take a moment today to look around. There are so many people and so many things in so many directions. Could you benefit by considering that even if you’re extraordinarily knowledgeable, there are an endless number of things that escape you.
The building can’t relate to the park, three blocks away. But as people, we can move around and see what’s up, down the street or across the country.
Back to “vertical search”, it concerns me some. I can see how “specialized” can easily become “sheltered”. The machine thinks that you searched for this so you want to see “this other thing“.
Well, no. I want to see the whole menu and make a selection, based on a number of variables.
What do you think of all this? How did you feel, reading it?