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Search Engine versus Directory Or Search + Directories + Social Networks + ???

In the future will the search landscape look considerably different? Why?



5:37 pm on Oct 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator webwork is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Should it be all search engines all the time?

Should it be YellowPages.com all the time?

Human edited directory or algo?

Social networking votes?

Such an interesting future. So many versions of search and directory and . . . opportunities to spam and exploit systems.

What does the future look like to you? The present? All efforts to spam and exploit whereever possible? New approaches = new leagions of manipulators?

What's your vision?

I see lots of flavors of "find this" and lots of people finding different approaches that work best for different search issues. Lots and lots and lots, especially as people who have grown up online begin to change the search demographic.

Still, even the old folks seem to be learning new tricks and looking for new ways to get things to work. By old I mean the babyboomers. The old old folks, well even they sometimes get beyond figuring out how to send an attachment. ;)

[edited by: Webwork at 7:30 pm (utc) on Oct. 28, 2006]


1:51 pm on Oct 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator webwork is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

What I find interesting is that people "tag" - they categorize. People "digg" - they vie for the best "title" for an issue and then people vote on competing titles. The organize. We search by keyword.

In my view there are myriad versions or flavors of "directory based search" - human categorized, organized, en-titled/labeled subject matter search.

It's within reason, given enough support, that ODP could out-search Google and be the better resource for all manner of search.

Google holds sway. Yahoo holds sway. But both are advertising driven. Both are morphing into "media companies". Why? Perhaps because the future of search is in search's transformation - into what it inevitably IS to become: A multifacted, niche market driven, multiple approach, . . . all sorts of things thing. ;)

So, I see lots of room for lots of players and models.

And 1, 2 or 6 billion people to rummage around in the search bins.


4:04 pm on Nov 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Considering the amount of spam in search engines i think that some level of human editing is needed.

Put it this way, if an human expert from a particular field told which were the best sites, those sites would be better than the ones google would list in their first 10 results.


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