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Top 17 Search Innovations Outside Of Google

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, May 8, 2007
12 years ago1,834 views

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<<There are an abundance of new search engines (100+ at last count) – each pioneering some innovation in search technology. Here is a list of the top 17 innovations that, in our opinion, will prove *disruptive* in the future. These innovations are classified into four types: Query Pre-processing; Information Sources; Algorithm Improvement; Results Visualization and Post-processing.>>

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Veky [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

1. I'm not so sure Google discards stop words. Compare google.com/search?q=love+proxy with google.com/search?q=love+by+pr ... Yes, first few results are the same, but "by" is surely not ignored.
And that illustrates the problem with such lists... they are mostly developed over months or even years, and in the meantime Google changes so much that many details aren't true anymore.

2. "a way to provide personalization, albeit in an anonymous fashion" seems to me like a pretty obvious contradiction. Of course you can give Google whatever data you want when you're opening an account — even not give any at all. What makes it "yours" is not your name, surname, or credit card number, but the queries themselves — that the engine must remember and trace in order to personalize results for you.

(("many users are understandably reluctant to [log in to Google account], since this has the potential to provide Google with a complete trail of their particular individual searches": such users would also, if they think a little, be reluctant to search on an engine described above. If it is personalized, it's not by deep magic, but by analyzing your previous queries and your interactions with the results. And if the results are always personalized just the way you want it, the engine knows you better than any spying agency could hope to.))

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