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Our search service isn't here to make any money, so our results are the ones that best match your search words - not the ones advertisers want you to see.
it is still only a trial though isn't it, /tryout/ is a bit of a giveaway, the search on the home page defaults to a search of the bbc website.
if it gives good results i imagine word will spread and make it an even more important web destination.
hopefully they will invest a lot more in the web side of things including search ... there is of course internal debate about wether they should even be on the web in that is it proper broadcast within their remit
joined:Nov 20, 2000
It is a safety net for if/when Google and the rest of the free search world sells out. It is there to rank sites on content when the rest of the search world has been polluted itself via deep pockets.
On the other side of the equation, it is there to deliver what the public want... whether they currently see it or not. At present most don't see it, but down stream? Think about how Google actually emerged.
Assuming big budgets eventually prevail on commercial search engines, who is to say that this will not become the Google of the future? A search engine snubbing short term gain for pure returns? Sounds familiar? Sounds a bit like Google circa 96/97?
At the very least it should serve as a warning to commercial search (I wrote that in the last thread... tell me if I'm boring!). A warning that if you sell out totally your days as a major search player may after all be numbered.
Maybe it comes through in the words above, but I for one would LOVE the Beeb step in like this and help keep true search alive. They are one of only a few who have the independence and the clout to do it... and they are making all the right noises.
Rock on Beeb!
joined:Sept 26, 2001
Well I can, at least on the search I did. Where my site is #3 on Google for a certain KW, I'm #6 here with an additional 3 UK domains above me that are "BBCi Recommended". Sites I've never seen before.
the bbc search pages say they use "family friendly" filtering - i went to check the google filters and they now have 3 options instead of just the two - they may well have implemented other filers for the bbc and other partners...
joined:Feb 4, 2002
I think it looks pretty smart, and they say it is 'family friendly' which is very much in keeping with what you would expect.
They could tie this in with all kinds of stuff and even jiggle the results to provide a less English oriented search for the BBC world service side of things...
Anyone know if this was developed themselves or if they license?