martinibuster - 10:15 am on Dec 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
Searching with training wheels
Just a few hours ago I was searching for a music video and Google returned results that included gay pron sites. I was shocked. What part of the phrase "music video" did Google not understand? I would have been very upset if that happened while my child was sitting beside me.
I sometimes search with the modifier "forum" to read what people are saying about a product. But Google mixes in results from shopping comparison sites, amazon, and other shopping related sites, mixed in with the results I want to see. It's really frustrating.
If I type the word FORUM, I want to see those results, don't second guess me. Yes I can dig around for three or ten clicks and find Google's community search. Typing the word FORUM should be enough.
Search queries have been migrating to longtail phrases for a few years now. People pretty much know what they want. I don't believe putting training wheels on the search box is helping.