Thursday, March 24, 2005

Welcome to Dumb Search

All of us have been subjected to using, as I like to call it, "Dumb Search". In other words, the most popular search engines like Yahoo, Google, MSN, Webcrawler, Alta Vista all use simple algorithms that base search results on Precambrian methodologies resulting in less and less relevant and effective search results. All of these Dumb Search services pride themselves on indexing the most pages or returning search results to the user in a thousandth of a second; who actually cares if my search service is looking at 6.2 billion pages vs. 3.0 billion pages or that the query is returned in 0.43 seconds? I often find myself searching manually through endless pages of nonsensical output. I don't believe that my search queries are unusually sophisticated or demanding, but I think that dumb algorithms coupled with increasing spam are producing polluted and diluted search results. I would gladly spend a few more seconds on the front end and/or wait a few more seconds for the query toward the prospect of a 'smart search' result.

Every new technology has modest beginnings. It is clearly time for internet search to evolve to a second generation technology. This blog is, therefore, dedicated to studying query results, various search products, and entertaining ideas and solutions to better said services. I hope that many people will contribute to this discussion because I strongly believe in the usefulness of the internet and see that search services are key to gaining access to untold volumes of useful information.