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Bob Caswell [PersonRank 1]

Friday, November 24, 2006
12 years ago3,333 views

Here's my question: Why hasn't Google done this already? And not only for blog searches but perhaps even for news, pictures, and/or video. The big three, for me at least, would be regular search results, blog posts, and news. I'd say that over half of my searches I do three times. Why not put in my search query once and get the top 10 results from each category on the same page?

I explain how I could see this working over at Computers.net:

computers.net/2006/11/what_goo ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Bob, Google are (kinda) trying that on SearchMash.com although you have to expand the results. I could live with that though. Usually I do a Web search, followed by a Blog search and then maybe a News search if I'm still struggling.

BTW, A9.com has always shown multiple results types IIRC.

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Bob:
Quick note to point out a few services already out there.

1) Images
Google and Yahoo started inline images(last year)IF the context of the query suggests images might be what the
search is looking for.
Ask was the first to do this back in 2003.
See: blog.searchenginewatch.com/blo ...

Examples:
google.com/search?hl=en&q= ...
search.yahoo.com/search?p=pics ...
ask.com/web?q=pics+of+london+e ...

2) Blogs/RSS
Ask began our Smart RSS program this Summer. It continues to expand.
It works with Blogs and non-blog feeds. More here
blog.ask.com/2006/10/update_rs ...
and here.

blog.ask.com/2006/07/introduci ...

Examples:

ask.com/web?q=google+blogoscop ...

and

ask.com/web?q=phishing+scams&a ...

3) News
I've seen news headlines on web results pages at Google, Yahoo, and Ask for some time.
search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A ...
google.com/search?hl=en&q= ...
ask.com/web?q=playstation+%5D& ...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Comparing

google.com/search?q=google+blo ...

with

ask.com/web?q=google+blogoscop ...

shows some weird results from Ask (related blogs about Google).

Gary Price [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

My point was to show the near real time results from GB at the top of the results page. Sorry for not being clearer.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I got that. I just pointed that the search results are strange.

Bob Caswell [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Thanks for all the good links! I think SearchMash.com is the closest thing to what I envisioned. Most everything else seemed to revolve around me having to type in "pics of..." or "news about..." rather than it being implicit that when I search I may be interested in all of these things (or whatever combination of these things I choose before I begin the search).

Here's another way to explain it, right now I have a customized Google homepage with all sorts of widgets aligned however I want in three columns.

What I'd love would be the same sort of flexibility for my search results as I have with my widgets, if that makes sense.

Regular search, Blogs, Pics, Videos, etc. or whatever combination of whichever categories organized in whatever order I decide with X number of results per category (as I decide). That way each time I search, I search once and receive the type of information I want to receive exactly how I want to receive it, all with one query.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The predictions for 2006 are incredible! (blogoscoped.com/archive/2005-1 ...)

Many of them are true today.

Bob Caswell [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Actually, now that I've played with A9.com a bit, I'm extremely impressed. Now if I could just get the Google version of it!

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