|Search Engines Vs the Directory concept|
Both realities - both needed
These are both important for ultimately finding what we want. In the red corner, we have the all dancing, multi-talented search maestro -- the search engine! In the blue corner, we have the highly targeted, niche filled prospector -- Mr Directory. They both need each other, perhaps the directory needs the search engine more, but once established, a helpful directory really comes into it's own.
This is where I see the web going. If I have a question about my broken computer, I won't go to google and ask 'why doesn't my PC work' - I'll go to a computer portal/site/directory. If I want to know all about films, I won't go to google and ask 'latest releases' - I'll go to an <online movie database/directory> where I know the results are simply superior in every way possible.
So as starting points, search engines are great, but for accuracy and speed, 100% specialist directories are worth their weight in Gold.
[edited by: Webwork at 8:27 pm (utc) on Aug. 9, 2007]
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I suspect that as we - the users of the WWW - mature that we will find that specialist tools do work rather nicely. It's just a matter of time, maturity, etc.
I used to drink Boone's Farm wine. Then I matured to Mateus. Then sangria. Then cabernet, always cab, because "it was the best". Oh, but then Merlot came along . . and it was good . . then German varietals . . and a French Fume Blanc . . and Australia lately has been impressing me for price & performance . .
Time, experience, maturity, exposure: Now I consume a great variety of wines and, for different reasons, they all win - they're each "the best" - when time and circumstance are right.
Search, food, exercise, sex, reading material, socializing . . variety has its allure and its benefits.