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6:50 pm on Jul 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Need in-depth research information about a product? Google won't provide it so searchers have to go elsewhere.

Yes, and in most cases, they go elsewhere by clicking on Google search results.


12:02 am on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Alternative to google is qwant.com

Arghhh ... you have to be joking?

That's the last thing I ever want to see even though I rank extremely well, horrible, plus it's not responsive!


2:35 am on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Non-responsive was my first impression (well maybe the second). Come on, this is 2014. If they can't figure that one out, I wonder what other shortcomings will pop up the minute the system gets any kind of real load on it. The Social Media stuff looks like an afterthought/overreach. There are some basic ideas that make sense but the implementation of them in the UI really sucks. Not that that can't be fixed if the underlying engine is robust (more robust than the interface at least).

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6:13 am on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Redbar, you can change the layout to list view. Then it looks like you are used fo SEs. But this one is not tracking, personilizing or cheating like google.


6:31 pm on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

Imagine it. A webmaster is approached and asked how they feel about becoming a fully fledged search provider.

Webmaster: Err, well sure that sounds interesting. How much is it going to cost?

Search: It is absolutely free to download the tools and get set up. All it will cost is your time and server resources depending on how much you get involved. The basic set up can be done in just 20 minutes so you can begin serving results immediately.

Webmaster: Google already offers a branded search I can put on my site. What is the point of your search engine?

Search: This isn't a branded search engine. We are talking about you becoming a fully fledged search partner with the tools to make your own indexes and enhance your website not only with your own search engine but resource and related links content. We can help you increase your visitor engagement and traffic dramaticaly.

Webmaster: Ok that sounds great. How do I sign up?


7:24 pm on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

Hmm, maybe throw a randomize option into the search e.g. "Show me 10 random results for "How to trim a cat's toenails." If every result returns a really good answer to the question, who cares. I'm thinking that if you make getting into the index at all the real Holy Grail

There could be a whole bunch of options like give me results from more indexes. I want goofle 2001 type results. Give me the alphabetical results. I want to boost links popularity as a factor in my results. I want smallest site first.

There could be options so that users could actually choose their own algorithms and play with the rankings using different dials. There could be customisable filters to tone down rankings for corporate sites or sites containing marketing jargon or legalese. It could be called Panda strikes back.


8:53 pm on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

Sorr but I could't resist

{ robots.txt; bot: googlebot = false: return result;
else end

If {footer notice = false: return result;
else end}

If {whois lookup = "individual": return result;
else end}

Start FearOfGod algorithm; Launch


3:50 pm on Jul 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

The Panda strikes back phenomenon could really happen! Sites effected would however be able to find out exactly why they were effected. As a search engine it would be all to the good if user x said to her friend, "OMG! I found this AMAZING site using the new FearOfGod algorithm for search". User x2 says, "I will definately be checking it out." Our position would be to remain impartial on such issues and just provide the functionality. Think of all the implications. How the world will change for the better. We must act fast and decisively. Anyone have any thoughts?


8:08 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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More food for thought:

The search holy grail is less of a general per topic or term indexing strategy, but more of a per user individual response strategy, meaning, what does this specific searcher "has in mind" when translating that need into a search query.

Bit of a mind reading race, currently lead by Google by knowing as much as anyone can know about that person though opt-in services, incentives & plain old ad tracking...

Mind you they're not doing a great job yet due to privacy constraints, their failing to acquire Facebook (which would have completed the circle), and finally plain old lousy searcher self expression, users have not been well educated on how to talk to the machine yet. It's also note worthy that we as humans barley know/understand our own spouses, children, parents or even ourselves enough, making the machine's task even algorithmicly harder.

If I were to wild guess the future of search, I'd say it will be money related, micropayment relieving the stress of the ad funded model, not necessarily replacing it, back to real good traffic = money, visitors automatically contribute fractions of cents on each site they visit & resource they download, money is shared among content owners & isps, original content is registered like all original ideas should be..

That leads to flipping current rules, very high speed access becomes free, good content becomes not, companies pay you to visit their sites, info sites get paid when you visit them, search engines & webmasters focus less on ads and more on good original or fulfilling content, content takes its place as king.

That's just a very general 0.0001 cents, many details left out due to incompetency, age, lack of knowledge, space & time. <-- just in case Google does manage to travel though time, this should send me to the bottom of the hit list.


10:02 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Alternative to google is qwant.com

Why would anyone pick a name that few people could spell? I still haven't got a clue how to spell cuill (is that correct)?

The first law of marketing is KISS; keep it simple, stupid.
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