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Google have already been experimenting with adding pictures to the SERPs, but you'll see a lot more in searchmash.
I wonder if this could be the forerunner of a new froogle/base interface?
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I thought I was getting the best deal in town until I opened it up and realized that I had no use for little green army men and a stick of gum.
If this is an engine, I want to see search results as my main focus. On most searches, I'm instantly drawn to images and then the site's header... not the results.
As a searcher I don't care what number result I'm viewing. Having the numbers on the left and allowing me to move them around is too gimmicky. If they'd actually take note of where I move them and try to figure out why -- then I'd be all for it. As it is though, the format of the rankings seems poor at best.
Overall, the features are not accessible enough for me. I've always been a fan of dumbing things down. Having to click on the URL to access the sub menu of window control, cache, similar results, etc. is a wasted click. Make those things stand out and offer them in a different format -- and I may like them a bit more.
Bottom line for me is that SearchMash as an engine itself offers me nothing to hold onto. If it did one thing well enough to stand out, it'd have some value. As it is now though I can only sit here and wonder what Google's doing with it and what their intentions are.
Search for images on the web
...in google, just because i needed 10 seconds of distraction the first result was:
News results for Search for images on the web - View today's top stories
Google's search sandbox - San Francisco Chronicle - 19 hours ago
Huh? Sandbox? Article?
Got to admire the "techie" journalists.
The article was about searchmash.
Or in other words in this case: searchmash = sandbox...
Wow. They should watch what they're saying O.O
( "Sandbox" is used in the context to mean "playground". Not in its more common meaning when it comes to G. But i sure WAS distracted for those ten seconds. Mission accomplished. )
Imagine if word got out ;-)
Okay, silly articles aside,... if you aren't looking for the word Google on the site, or didn't hear about it from the news, you won't notice it's theirs. It's not hidden, but it ain't blown up either... It's probably easier for them to play with any possible future update by giving a testsite a distinctly (lame but) unique design... as opposed to a test version Google that every second SEO would take screenshots of.
What made me wonder was that most of these "new features" have been implemented in many other experimental search engines, at least the last time i checked. This site seems to be a survey and a testing ground to decide about their usability, right?
I'm glad to see they're experimenting though.
I'm not sure if i glad to see that they don't want the experiments to run under a google sign, but... it's the results that matter...
...or... so i'd like to believe... O.o
Deff not. One of my new sites only got to rank #1 on google.com about 8 days ago, and has only been indexed for <28 days, but its showing up as #1 on sesarchmash.
Did anyone figure out the purpose of shifting your results around? Obviously everyone will put their site on top.
LOL. What hard working honest webmaster would do that? :)
Seriously, I think it is probably built more for surfers than webmasters.
Suppose SearchMash eventually allows you to login and create your own personal page. Than they allow you to basicaly bookmark your favorite sites, according to keywords, by moving them up the list.
This way you can go to searchmasm.com enter your keywords and all your favorite sites will appear in the order you requested.
P.S. This is just a theory so don't flame me too much :)
/edited to clarify myself/