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How many people use the MSN visual search?

The search from the sitebar that give pictures of the top web pages

     
6:09 pm on Apr 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There are some issues around designing webpages to appear nicely in the thumbnails they display. I am curious if anyone has numbers on how many people use this type of search, or even better yet if someone knows a website that posts up-to-date stats.

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10:16 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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lol
Since I had never heard of MSN visual search, I searched for it using MSN (regular) search. The number one result is this page from WebmasterWorld! The second result is another (irrelevant) page from WebmasterWorld. I am no more educated. What is MSN visual search?
3:40 am on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If you open the search side panel on internet explorer and select MSN, and set it to display results in the main page... the results displayed have pictures of the web pages.
5:54 am on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the info, shymanhonor. I tried it. In one sense, it is sort of nice, BUT.... you get to see 6 sites (including the sponsored listings) and that's that! No link allowing you to see more results if you didn't like these. Talk about targetting your users where you want them to go...
12:51 am on May 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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When I finish designing anything, I always check to see if its Thumbnail looks nice. Because anything I design, its thumbnail always look stuffed up in Alexa, however, looks normal in Whois Source.

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