Interesting idea though - but only if it is heavily used I would have thought - otherwise data would be very patchy.
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I didnt get past question 2...
Doesn't work for me - can't get past the sign-up screen (I get an ASP error)
Reaction to Yahoo's Buzz watch?
Very nice idea. Gives me somthing to do!
Although I found it quicker to use Google and not their interface to search ;)
Ok, on the whole I am a fan of MSN search but it is quite bad when two or three times on this now i have got the wrong answer from msn and only spotted the right one when trying on Google instead.
It's not even about the data, I bet. What better way to get people to use your search engine than to make a game of it?
You play the game and find some of the answers in the time. You think to yourself, wow, that was a hard game, but I did find some of the answers. Then next time you need to find an answer, you will think, hey MSN had a search engine and I could find the answers to hard questions. I bet it will be a snap to find the easy questions I have (or I bet I can find answers to me hard questions, too)
I think it's also a great way to get the non-expert user to dig deeper into more advanced search techniques. That would be a big win for the engines, webmasters and the users.
Plus, the buzz factor can't be beat.
I played twice already, the first time I didn't realize that a wrong answer stopped the contest.
The second time I was doing very well after 7 questions (700,000+), and I got a question about the distace from the earth to the sun... Well, I forgot that the earth's orbit is eliptical, we are not 150 million kilometers (my quick guess, based on reading a quick blurb). I later found out that the average is 108 million :(
From the bottom of the page:
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Does anyone else find this a little funny? In fact I think it's quite funny. W3C compliant, e.g. IE 5?! Neat to see them recommending FireFox or Safari, though.
I tried the test but found the prize was in British currency. Is L500 a lot of money? (Their search engine stinks; I couldn't get beyond the third question! ;) )
I got eight question right (three of them by guessing without searching) and then they hit me with a question that had too many answers in the SERPs: what is the oldest known goldfish? I cry foul.
They don't seem to have checked their questions very carefully. One answer definitely had about half a dozen answers, depending on which site you believe ("When did the last dodo die?")
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Wrong. Search Supremo just cannot tell what resolution my Mac monitor has... In fact, I have never used anything but 1024x768 on my iBook.
Woohoo, I'm currently at number one, I wonder when the contest ends. 64812 points, the second one has slightly over 20000 points. I guess they just cleared the results ;)