tangor - 7:00 am on Oct 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
In my part of the lily pond, on a rather small pad, I am seeing BOTH B and G dealing a tad more harshly with <title></title>
Almost as if they are done and weary with stupid user inquiries... of which there are many... and the extraordinary amount of 1,2,3 word searches possible that still won't get you where you want to go.
WAKE UP, PEOPLE! There are only so many ways to search/find your pile of farmer's... er... your STUFF and only so many CPU clicks which can be wasted, or the number of results per page.
Long tail worked for quite some time... I don't think it will for much longer... at least until the users figure out 1,2,3,4,5 or more is better than 1,2,3...
The web can be parsed only so many ways and with (I love Carl Sagin in this regard) billions and billions of pages! What, aren't we approaching a trill and a half at the moment?
Just pick a language (English in my case) with 400,000 possible words, including slang, too and divide that into the billions of billions sites and see how many actually hit 1 word, or 2 or 5...
Absolute fact long tail is not going to work much longer because the average computer idi... er... user can't put more than three together at a time unless B or G suggests something else. AND DO YOU REALLY WANT TO LET B OR G DO THAT? (See below for answer)
Put another way, you visit your city library from time to time, right? How many books can you find in the cardex (remember those?) Forget that, how many of those books have you read? Most city libraries are 20,000 books or less. Merely a point of perspective. Not looking for agreement or dissent, merely reporting that I gave up on long-tail three years back and have been a happy camper ever since BECAUSE every landing page leads to those long-tails and I don't have to depend on B or G to get'em there. I just need one page and I'll do the rest.
Final edit: What I mean is I go for the ordinary search and each page delivers the deep content. Simplification is what is required, not complexity... Google has gone complex and screwed everything up, Bing hasn't... yet... but might. Why take chances?