Google Suggest

I see Google has finally put the Google Suggest functionality on their home page. I’m a big fan of this feature and use it all the time in their toolbar. We’re recently started offering our equivalent functionality (that we call Auto Complete) to all of our site search customers. This is being well received – […]

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Related Searches with Search Results

Aaron Wall spotted Google showing Related Searches below search results. This is his image. I really like these – we’ve been generating them for almost a decade. They made their first appearance on the original snap.com (which later became NBCi.com) using our GlobalBrain technology. We now show them on most of our customer’s site searches. […]

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YouTube Search Suggestions

Last week You Tube announced that they will optionally show you search suggestions as you type. I really like this feature – it helps people formulate queries in an intuitive and familiar way. Most browsers have a similar functionality that will show previous queries you have entered – so people don’t have to learn anything […]

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RedZee – another way of viewing search results

I came across a new search engine today: RedZee. Apart from the cute but slightly annoying logo the main thing that is different about them is the way they present their search results. I am always interested to see new ways of presenting search results – maybe there is something we use to improve the […]

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Google’s search within a search

Google’s new Search within a Search offering seems to be getting a fair amount of attention, but not necessarily for the right reasons The New York Times piece this week: A New Tool From Google Alarms Sites touches on some issues that should be of concern to retailers. A recent blog by Alan Rimm-Kaufman: Google […]

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Watch people shop

This is an interesting site that allows you to watch what people are finding at a variety of retailers. It’s a cool gimmick but it’s not the sort of thing I could watch for long. It might be useful if you’re looking for a gift – to get some random ideas. It could then be […]

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Wikia now on the search scene
Wikia Search launched this week to much fanfare. The new community-based search engine from the same people behind Wikipedia intends to shake things up for Google and other major search engines by “democratizing search” – that is, delivering results based on what USERS think is important instead of a mathematical algorithm. I like the basic [...]
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Yahoo Search Suggest and Search Assist
In the last few weeks Yahoo has launched Search Suggest and they're testing an enhanced version of this called Search Assist. This is part of a growing trend of using AJAX in search. Yahoo's new tools are really useful - they help you complete your search query as you start typing. Search assist goes a [...]
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Yahoo trying new search interface
Technology Evangelist spotted that Yahoo is trying a new search interface at AllTheWeb. I love seeing this type of experimentation and am always looking for new ideas that we might be able to apply to site search. Google has a similar test area at searchmash.com. The Yahoo experiment has an ajax search box that shows [...]
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More on site search vs web search
Following on from my earlier post speculating that there are way more site searches than web searches. Why is it that we hear so much less about site search? Both site search and web search are important for a site owner - web search helps drive people to the site, while site search helps people [...]
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