Tag: search

  • Reading vs. Scanning, Browsing vs. Searching

    A common objection to blogs is that because the medium is so easy to update and the cost so low, too much unedited drivel makes it online to make the material useful as a source of business information. I have to say I don’t mind people speaking their mind in an unedited stream. I describe […]

  • Yahoo Search API

    Just in time for it’s 10 year anniversary, Yahoo opened up API access to its search platform.  Allowing programmatic access to search services via URLs is a trail that Google has already blazed but in what maybe another arms race as we saw with hosted email storage, Yahoo allows five times the number of queries; […]

  • Ask Jeeves launches blog on TypePad

    Ask Jeeves moved to a shiny new office tower in Oakland and launched a shiny new blog to boot! UPDATE: and buys online RSS reader, Bloglines.

  • A9 Yellow Pages, teaching an old dog new tricks

    I would be remiss if I didn’t pile on to the hubub about Amazon’s new Yellow Pages search over on the A9 site. John Battelle’s got the scoop on how it was put together. In short, Manber and co. (urged on by Jeff Bezos, who Manber says was "very involved") strapped GPS-enabled digital video camera-cum-terabyte […]

  • Higher Relevance = Lower Ad Sales

    Kind of obvious when you think about it but if the industry were to continue down the path of developing the perfect search engine that could find you exactly what you were looking for, would you even bother clicking on a context sensitive advertisement?

  • WinFS as a GUI to Search

    Microsoft blogger Dare Obasanjo digs at Google’s Desktop Search and points to data visualization as the key to the success of Microsoft’s delayed WinFS. While Google and other “command line” search tools are useful for finding that one file that lays somewhere on the internet or on your hard drive, there is clearly a need […]

  • Google Desktop Search

    In a move that took everyone by surprise, Google announced a new downloadable product that installs on your hard drive, indexes your email, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and AIM chat logs and adds them to the Google Search results window. The expected move was that Google would launch their own, Google-centric browser but they have once […]

  • Snap.com

    At Web 2.0 this week and saw Idealab’s Bill Gross announce the release of snap.com – a new search engine designed to address comments that Google’s interface is looks like a command line. Based on the premise that search engines need to give control back to the user. You can change the focus of your […]

  • From Vivisimo comes, Clutsy the Search Engine

    From Vivisimo comes, Clutsy the search engine which has elicited guffaws over it’s name, coined to evoke a clustered set of search results but instead brings to mind a buck-toothed, all-thumbed version of the more refined Mr. Jeeves. The jury is still out for me on this as I’m so well-trained that I usually am […]

  • More ways to get there. A9 from Amazon

    Amazon’s A9 came out of beta with much fanfare and continues to get rave reviews because of a new feature which keeps track of your search history. This can be quite useful for those that are trying to retrace their steps to get at a vital piece of information. Bookmarks are single points of reference […]