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Google's self-promoting video search engine?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

Sunday, December 16, 2007
13 years ago6,172 views


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Almost everything on the newly redesigned Google video meta search engine homepage is pointing towards Google's own properties, or partner properties (YouTube, Google Video hosted content, and AOL videos).

Looks biased, but we don't know for sure as we can't see how it's done. But even IF you'd assume that YouTube and Google Video content is so much more popular, hence getting all the "algorithmically highest" places (not completely likely, but can't be ruled out either I guess), then the algorithm could be changed to show more diversity. Imagine a Google web search only showing stuff from one or two domains in the whole top 10 – it would be less useful, just like Google Video is less useful today.

Another sign of potential greediness in Google Video remains the over-large top frame wrapping all external sites, instead of linking out straightaway (like web search, too, does better).

[Via googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007 ...]

Ben Allen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I saw one metacafe result somewhere in the mix.

Filtering buttons have changed linking you to histories of popularies by date. Kind of useful.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> I saw one metacafe result somewhere in the mix.

On the homepage itself, or in results? Results do have "external" sites, yes, though on the homepage right now I can't find a single Metacafe video being linked (unless perhaps you click all the more buttons etc., I haven't tried that...).

Keifah Thomas [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

I can't stand the new video home page. It isn't even possible to search by genre anymore. Useless!!!! First they blew it last week with the mobile web page changes, and now this!!!!

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<<It isn't even possible to search by genre anymore. >>

Not true. Check the advanced search page. And I'm not sure you could actually restrict your search to a certain genre, Google only displayed some links to 5-6 video categories.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<<...Google Video is less useful today...>>
Than when?

i think this is the best generation of GVid...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<<i think this is the best generation of GVid>>

* it's not comprehensive (it includes very few videos from the web)
* it's biased towards YouTube and Google Video
* it only indexes metadata (no speech recognition or video precessing)

Trueveo has more balanced results truveo.com , Everyzing and Blinkx use speech recognition (everyzing.com/index.jsp?il=en& ... , blinkx.com/). I'm not saying that other search engines produce much better search results, but Google doesn't do anything clever in video search. It just indexes YouTube/Google Videos faster than anyone else.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> <<...Google Video is less useful today...>>
> Than when?

Than if they would show more diverse results (sort of like web search).

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

They do, but not very often:
video.google.com/videosearch?q ...

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Wll aren't the best video's usuallyon googles servers :P:D:P

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