Adds Search Suggestions

The Yahoo Search Blog announced that the search box on now offers search suggestions as you type. For example, as I started typing "danny s", Yahoo offered suggestions, including "danny sullivan." What is important to note is that search suggestions are not the default at Don't like the search suggestions at Yahoo? No worries, you can turn them off by clicking on "more" and then selecting "Disable Search Suggestions," as I show in this screen capture. Danny gives some further background about how Yahoo and others have used predictive query refinement opti [...]

Looking At’s New Home Page Features

The blog posts today about Ask's new home page, which they are particularly proud of, and I think rightly so. They talk about their icons, suggest feature and skins, all of which are worth a quick peek. The nice neat new icons are consistent across the interface and across country versions. There is the "suggest as you type" feature, although there's nothing particularly new about that, since Google has had Google Suggest for some time now. Interestingly though, Google Suggest kicks in immediately you start typing, while with Ask, it takes two characters. However, from a very brief [...]

Google: 25% Of Queries Are New & Adding Question Engine

Google's Udi Manber - Search is a Hard Problem from Read/Write Web has an interesting write up on a presentation that Udi Manber, Google's VP of Engineering, gave the other day at Supernova. In his presentation, he covered why "search is a hard problem." But a few of his statements really stood out from the others. Manber said 20 to 25% of the queries that Google sees today have never seen before. Wow, 25% of the queries people enter into Google today, were not seen before today? Manber also said that Google is rolling out a new search function that interprets questions better. Manber ga [...]

Court: Google Suggest Feature Not Responsible For Encouraging Software Piracy

Belgian company loses lawsuit against Google from IT World reports that Google has won a suit brought against them by ServersCheck, a Belgian company. The company complained that the Google Suggest feature was helping people find pirated versions of its software. ServersCheck said that Google Suggest returned results for "ServersCheck Crack," ServersCheck Serial," and other suggested searches of illegal versions of the ServersCheck products, when a user began to enter in "ServersCheck" into Google Suggest. ServersCheck sued Google on May 17, 2006. The Commercial Court in Leuven, Belgium, ru [...]

Google Adds Related Phrases To Definitions

Threadwatch spotted that Google has added "related phrases" to the Google definitions feature. For example, a search on define:car shows at the top: Related phrases: car rental cable car trailer on flat car stock car tank car pace car car kit champ car box car racer Here is a screen capture: [...]

The Pros & Cons Of Personalized Search

In the past two weeks I've had the opportunity to talk to both Marissa Mayer and Matt Cutts about the impact of personalization at Google. While the initial storm following Google's announcement seems to be dying down somewhat, the ripple effects can still be felt throughout the SEM industry. In future columns I'll probably be coming back to the personalization angle on a semi-regular basis because I really believe it's fundamentally important to the next evolution of search. But in the next little while I'll probably move on to other topics. Before I do move on, however, I did want to [...]

Quintura Relaunches With New Interface

Quintura recently relaunched with a new interface, which has been receiving a fair amount of comment. I originally wrote about the search engine back in November, and I was fairly lukewarm in my praise of it; while it was a nice idea, the interface held it back. Well, the relaunched version is now much better, with the tag cloud appearing on the left hand side of the screen, with results appearing in the right hand side. This reduces scrolling and makes the whole process of checking out results much easier. For those who haven't looked at Quintura, I should explain that when a search is run a [...]

Search Suggestions The Default At Google China?

Philipp Lenssen reports that when you begin typing a search in at Google China, Google begins offering you suggestions. At, the default is not to give you suggestions, you have to go directly to Google Suggest to get that feature. It appears that Google China, by default, has Google Suggest turned on. Interesting. [...]

Disclosing When Queries Are Autocorrected

Google Auto-correcting Queries from Google Operating System notes that Google seems to have moved beyond suggesting spelling corrections and now automatically does them for you. Actually, I think this is the stemming feature kicking in. However, it highlights that it's useful for search engines to tell you exactly what they've modified, if they do so. Years ago, Google would automatically change your spelling if it found no matches for what you looked for. That annoyed me, to the point I pushed for it to change in 2002. It annoyed several others in the search and research fields. [...]

More Spotting Google’s Related Searches At Bottom Of Page

Last month, we reported how Google was testing related searches at the bottom of search results pages, which Google's Matt Cutts confirmed in comments on our post. In the past few days, I've seen a flood of further posts about related searches as more and more people spot these. Yes, they do seem to be more noticeable and frequently appearing. I've been getting them myself over the past two days. You get a series of eight suggested searches as links, under the heading of "Searches related to:" followed by the original word you searched for. They come up for things like cars: an [...]

Q&A With Jimmy Wales On Search Wikia

News came out earlier this week that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had a new project in mind, to build a community-driven "Google-killer" search engine. I've just finished talking with Jimmy about his plans. Here's a rundown on his vision and what may come as his Search Wikia project grows over the course of the next year or two. Note that in the Q&A, I've had to recreate my questions as best I remember asking them. I was focused more on getting down Jimmy's responses. Q. Since the news emerged, there's been some confusion about Amazon and Wikipedia in relation to Search Wiki [...]

Google Tests Related Searches At Bottom Of Page

I reported at Search Engine Roundtable that Google is now showing related searches at the bottom of the search results page. An example query working now is for michael jordan, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you might see the "Searches related to: michael jordan" area. If not, I have a screen shot in the link above. I believe this is new. If it is not, then Google may be showing them more often since yesterday. [...]

Decipho Personalized Search Engine

Decipho officially launched on December 14th after having been available since October. It's an interesting search engine because it takes the concept of social search another stage further, while at the same time offering very useful personalisation. There are lots of things that you can do with it, but I would recommend registering and then uploading a list of your bookmarks to start you off. Unfortunately these have to be from your browser, rather than any other bookmarking services at the moment. Once you've done that, take a look at the search interface itself. Very straightforward, fol [...]

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