Tailored search results



  • Continuing the discussion from Cuil?:

    Fun fact, there are two Side Bar WTF categories, which I was not aware of until I tried to navigate to Side Bar WTF via drop downs, and the first one in the list is of course the one with the old community forum posts.

    Anyway, while checking out the trending topics from 2008, I came across this from the launch of Cuil

    @anonymous_person_133 said:

    From the article you linked to...

    Sollitto said there were two issues affecting Cuil search quality currently. First, he said, "We are trying to give people different results." Cuil is pitched as an alternative to traditional search engines, and users should not expect the results to be the same.

    Say what? What if the result they decide to exclude for the sake of "giving them unique results" was the exact page the user was looking for? Sometimes when I tell a friend of something I found on the Web, they'll ask me for the address. Usually I don't remember it, so I just tell them what I typed into Google, and about how far in I found the result. Most of the time, they can then replicate my actions and find what I was talking about. The way Cuil does it just potentially screws it all up. Google killer? No chance. "Ask Jeeves" gives me better results.

    Which caught my attention because the last I remember hearing that's exactly what Google does now.



  • @fwd said:

    Which caught my attention because the last I remember hearing that's exactly what Google does now.

    Google did that then.

    The actual thread, on a reliable site: http://forums.thedailywtf.com/forums/p/9443/174845.aspx




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    @fwd said:

    Which caught my attention because the last I remember hearing that's exactly what Google does now.

    Google has long been tailoring search results to what they have on record about you – browsing habits, search history, shopping habits, etc.


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