A thought…

So I am searching google for stuff, like one is prone to do, and it hits me: Man this search engine is good at finding what I’m looking for. I mean, really good. If I’m looking for a video, there’s usually a couple video links up at the top. If I’m looking for an image, there’s usually a few image links up at the top above all the actual website links. It’s truly amazing to think at one time I was using Lycos, yahoo and AltaVista; hoping beyond hope that my search terms weren’t so poorly thought out that I would get nothing but meaningless links.

Now when I watch my mom use google… it’s a horse of a completely different color. Her experience and results are the polar opposite of mine. So this leads me to wonder if I am the difference maker in this equation. Have these terrible search engines prepared me for the wonders of google? Have I been so well groomed that my brain is programed for google and not the other way around?

Some one do a study about this… or something… Get on that internet.

6 Comments

  1. ColeNo Gravatar
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

    “Google be with you” and the crowd answered, “and also with you.”

    • CarlNo Gravatar
      Posted April 16, 2011 at 2:49 am | Permalink | Reply

      Let us now pray The Wave….

  2. Posted April 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I see the same thing – I instinctively know how to phrase my search to get the results I want. At the same time, I know that one of the big goals of search engines in general is to better understand what your search phrase means and be able to match that to what pages are actually about.

    Going beyond word matching to conceptual searches is something you’ll see in the next couple of years across the internet.

    • CarlNo Gravatar
      Posted April 16, 2011 at 2:53 am | Permalink | Reply

      I honestly find some of these search engines have dumbed down their search to the point I can no longer use it. I’m shocked by how many search engines and site search engines don’t even support boolean logic anymore.

      I understand they want to make it accessible to as many people as possible, but come on…

      Strangely enough, do you think that the computer Watson that was on Jeopardy recently could be the next big step in search engines? It would be like Ask Jeeves… only it would, you know… work.

  3. hykerNo Gravatar
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    hmm…
    has anyone done a study on this? let me google it…

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