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Travel Back in Google Time to the Year 2001

Travel way back to Google-date 2001 thanks to Google’s 10th year birthday celebration. The company has made its oldest recorded index live and searchable through an easter egg. Search results include links to the wayback machine.

Ah, 2001. Webmonkey was there and owned by Lycos. The internet bubble broke, and there was a brief period of time when it was considered a fad by middle managers and financial pundits everywhere.

When miserable failure meant prohibition and a search for “paris hilton” delivered a hotel in France.

You know, sometimes I miss those wild, wacky, simpler times.

File Under: Humor, Software & Tools

MSN vs. Google: Search Engine Rap Battle

The search engine battle lives on between Microsoft and Google, but which engine has the skills to win in the battle of lyrics?

Find out for yourself in the video below and vote on searchenginerapbattle.com.

File Under: Web Basics

What’s to Come: Google Contemplates the Next Decade of Search

Google LogoWhat does the future of search look like? That’s the question Google’s Vice President of Search and User Experience, Marissa Mayer, recently tackled over at the official Google blog.

Mayer’s post outlines some areas where Google plans to expand in the next ten years — Universal Search, more mobile device options and other nebulous ideas. The post is reportedly a response to a recent LA Times interview where Mayer says that “the search problem” is “90-95 percent” solved.

Mayer’s more recent post backpedals from that statement invoking the well-known 80/20 rule to suggest that while search maybe 90-95 percent done, the last 10 percent will be 90 percent of the work.

Got that?

Another interesting thing that jumps out if you read both articles is the conspicuous absence of financial goals in the Google post. In the LA TImes piece Mayer talks about “monetizing new forms of content” and Google’s advertising aims, but in the Google post there’s no mention of money, just warm fuzzy we’re-working-hard-to-help-you anecdotes.

So what is Google planing for the next ten years? Well Mayer doesn’t get too specific, but she does say that, “search needs to be more mobile — it should be available and easy to use in cell phones and in cars and on handheld, wearable devices that we don’t even have yet.”

One idea (which Mayer calls far-fetched) is “a wearable device that does searches in the background based on the words it picks up from conversations, and then flashes relevant facts?”

Along with ads we presume.

But fashion faux pas aren’t Google’s only vision for the future of search. Other ideas include making Google’s Universal Search experiment more prominent. “For the past year, our goal has been to take advantage of these new types of results and evolve the interface design and user experience in response,” Mayer writes. She goes on to say that we’ll “see the fruits of this experimentation in the coming months.”

So Google is aware that the ten blue links per page isn’t going to cut it for another decade, but how does that dovetail with expanded mobile options? Media rich search results like Universal Search require more bandwidth, speedy mobile search requires less bandwidth, where do the two meet? Mayer doesn’t say.

About the same time Mayer’s post went up, long-time Google watcher Philipp Lenssen posted his own fictionalized take on the next ten years of Google, looking back at the company’s demise from the year 2018. While Lenssen’s piece is fictional, and intended to be humorous, there’s something about it that rings true.

Just as few in 1998 could have predicted that Google would grow the way it has in the past ten years, we suspect that the major search player of the next decade is probably a yet-unknown identity.

Does that mean Google will disappear? Of course not, but no one stays on top forever, just ask the once mighty IBM.

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File Under: Software & Tools

Google Looks Me-Too As Suggest Launches

Did you hear about the news from Google? Okay, so the Chrome browser is big news, but there’s something else we wanted to bring to your attention: Last week Google Suggest graduated to the front page of Google.com.

Google Suggest on the home page

The feature finds possible matches to search terms as the user types. While it may seem old now, it was a Google innovation. Suggest was first created in 2004 and made developers clamor to figure out how it was done. This was before the term “Ajax” was coined and well before it was overused.

Google does not make a homepage change lightly. For this reason, many assumed Suggest would never be made the default experience of most users who go directly to Google.com to search.

The feature was incorporated into many other tools over the years, including the Firefox search bar. Yahoo added a similar feature to its homepage over a year ago.

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File Under: Mobile

Yahoo iPhone Version Is Best Of Yahoo Search

Yahoo Search AssistEarlier this week Yahoo quietly released search for iPhone, a snazzy web app. It looks a lot like regular Yahoo search, and I mean that as a compliment. It’s fast, full-featured, and looks gorgeous.

Developer Ryan Grove said his three person team were given this challenge to match the desktop experience:

Bring the full Yahoo! Search experience—including SearchMonkey, Search Assist, shortcuts, and other awesome Yahoo! Search features—to the iPhone with as few compromises as possible.

Yahoo Search Assist on the iPhone? Slow, right? Nope. Even over an Edge connection, it flies.

Yahoo Local and Yelp results

The results have all sorts of handy Yahoo search features:

  • Yahoo Local, with a map of nearby businesses if your search is something like coffee san francisco
  • SearchMonkey, which shows expanded results for selected services (services can be customized if you’re logged in)
  • Movie reviews and times if you’re logged in.
  • And more: images, weather, news

Even though it’s fast, I’m not sure iPhone users will see much of the new service, unless perhaps they place a bookmark on their home screen. The search box in mobile Safari is so handy, and it doesn’t require loading a web page before typing search terms. Then again, if keystrokes are more important than load time (which, again, is fast, this become the choice of the iPhone finger weary.

[via SearchEngineLand]

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