17 May 2004
Microsoft Focuses on Research. Recognizing that computing is about more than creating work documents, sending e-mail messages or putting a photo online, the software giant gears up to make the best tools for users to find things online. [Wired News]
It’s not going to happen in0.23 seconds… but there has to be a better way to present results than a simple text list. That way works well when the right results are close to the top of the list – and falls apart rapidly when they’re not.
And with luck the research will filter back into core ms products – where navigability is a continuing mystery tour.
05 May 2004
Google is my preferred search engine. Has been for years… but I’m getting restless.
First there were ideas on how to display results. Webmap was the first that I noticed. (now dead 🙁 It presented Google results graphically – as a map (duh!). Where Webmap was first to tread, others have followed.
Touchgraph produces a simple relational map – as does Grokker. I like the thinking behind Mapstan, which builds a profile of the pages you’ve visited, and maps related sites that may be of interest. Oops, no, that’s gone too. Investment tip for ’04 – think twice before putting money into searhc engines (unless they’re called Google.)
Kartoo is still around – better (faster) than ever. Free, and no download. Arguably the best of the graphics results search engines.
Lassoo allowed searchers to home in on a map to find services in their area. It was ahead of its time – which is not always a good thing. (yep, it’s gone too 🙁 But Google labs is trialling something similar.
Vivisimo still clusters results into folders (as Northern Light used to do, when it was a public search engine: it’s now an enterprise search service.).
Search the web on Vivisimo:
Yahoo AltaVista MSN Fast HotBot
Search TheCustomer on Vivisimo
… and on Google
Search WWW Search www.TheCustomer.co.uk