Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Search engines offer new ways to find results

By Eric AuchardSan Francisco - For information seekers, the days of culling Web search pages, ten machine-generated hyperlinks at a time, may be numbered.On Monday, Yahoo takes the next step to realise its vision of combining human advice with machine automation to offer more relevant ways of searching the Web.It is using the millions of human suggestions from its recently introduced Yahoo Answers to complement the mathematically organised features of its core search system."

It's the right time now to augment Web search results with some human touch," said Tim Mayer, Yahoo's product manager for Web search. "We are making search better by allowing users to tap into the collective knowledge of other people."Meanwhile, Bill Gross, the inventor of paid Web search who sold the system to Yahoo, is set to unveil a new version of his latest project. Snap.com is aimed at broadband users and gives people visual snapshots of Web sites before they click.

These innovations in how to search for information on the Web aim to compete with the dominant search provider, Google, which analysts say still has a big lead in the current generation of Web search technology.Google's dominance is pushing rivals to seek fundamentally new approaches to searching, and Google cannot sit still either, analysts say.For its own part, Google last week began offering Google Co-op, an early effort at human-organised search to boost its algorithmic page-ranking system.To begin with, Co-op is working with a very fixed set of experts, such as the Harvard Medical School or the Mayo Clinic in health and Fodor's and Lonely Planet in travel guides."

Some questions need different formats and answers," said Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products.Snap.com has the classic set of 10 links down the left side of its search results page, but each link a user selects is displayed in a half-size screen-shot of the website's home page.Thus users can scroll down a page of links using visual cues instead of reading text. It is surfing by pictures, like flipping through television channels using a remote control.

The user can skip over bad pages or broken links before they load."Look before you leap," Snap.com Chief Executive Tom McGovern said in an interview. "People who are more visually oriented will gravitate to this."Google runs advertisements alongside search results and only gets paid when consumers click on the ads. Snap.com argues it can take advertising a major step forward by charging only when consumers complete transactions.But Snap.com also breaks potentially controversial ground in how the site blurs the distinction between sponsored search results and results returned by popular demand.

By contrast, major search sites clearly fence-off sponsored results.Yahoo Answers, an online site where people can ask and have other Yahoo users answer questions, has grown to store nearly 11 million answers related to technical matters or everyday life in more than 800 categories, the company said.The service has more than 7.2 million users, Yahoo said, citing data from market research firm comScore Networks.The Sunnyvale, California-based company said it is now weaving Yahoo Answers into its core Yahoo Search system.Yahoo Answers, which the Internet media company introduced in December in trial mode, is designed to allow users to ask questions on the Web in plain language.

Question to you student: Read the comment below:-

"A lot of people find it difficult to formulate how to come up with the right query," Mayer said.

Is this True? Write about your experience (in two paragraphs)
What are your experiences when it comes to using the internet as a tool?
When you where doing your assignments you had to use the internet to search for topics relating to the assignment, How was the experience?
What is it that you would have done differently?
The article above does it offers new ways to find results?

yes it is difficult to formulate a querry. i have experience that many people we formulate queiries which are broad. this kind of question give many researcher problem to find the solutions. some of us we formulate a queries that doesnt specified or give a straightforward question.

internet as a tool for research is good provided you know how to use it. the problem of internet is that it can give the researcher lots of information . if you dont know what is really need you will find yourself writing irrelevant information

according to this article i think is very easy for me to find the relevant information, and very quick
I agree,people find it difficult to come up with the right query.

My Experiences
-One day when i was busy searching for information i realised that the format of the question was wrong and i got a links that were not relevant to what i wanted.

i had to rephrase the question so as to get the relevant info to my topic.i then realised that inorder for me to get the correct results i had to stop adding question marks at the end of my query.

My experience when it comes to using internet as a tool.
-It is fun in that one gets the correct info first attempt when the query is correctly stated.

Experiences when doing assignments.

-The iformation i got was helpful in that i had a wide variety of relavant info to choose from,frm the links i got.

I would have use the other search engines for more information.

yes the article above offers new ways to finding results.
e.g Google has began offering Google Co-op, an early effort at human-organised search to boost its algorithmic page-ranking. system.
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