Archive for the ‘Search engine tips’ Category

What happens to search in a recession?

26 October 2008

Good article here on search behaviour and the economy.

Here’s the killer quote:

…while the overall search volume numbers are likely to keep climbing, the nature of those queries is likely to shift in response to macro behavioral trends. Here’s how it works: a barrage of news stories about global economic meltdown causes consumers to get nervous and rein in spending. They don’t shop as much, and even when they do, they buy fewer goods and/or shop less often. This doesn’t necessarily cause them to spend less time online (God forbid) or search any less. It just means they search for different things. So the number of purchase-related queries may decline while the number of information or entertainment-related queries increases.

On a trawl through Alt Search Engines today, I’ll admit to a raised eyebrow having read this press release for new car search engine CarZen earlier in the week.

Given current problems in the US auto market (leading some to contemplate the hitherto unthinkable notion of state-ownership in that industry), it would seem that good timing in the world of search is about more than just how quickly your results are returned.


Whatever happened to Advanced search?

19 October 2008

I was mulling this over the other day while looking for a present for my Dad’s birthday on Amazon. OK, you can refine your search, and browse by category. But is it just me, or is Advanced search within sites becoming less and less easy to find, if they exist at all? (more…)

Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR): some theory

14 October 2008


Here follows the lecture prompts for part I of my 2008/9 lectures on Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR). For part II on sources – see here.

Because of the speed at which new initiatives (and relevant research examples) come and go in this field, I’ll be adding updates on this post from time to time.

But to stay fully up to date with developments, keep an eye on my blog and website. (more…)

On the need to *capitalise* Google’s 2001 index

8 October 2008

Late last week I read of Google’s latest anniversary gift to search.

Charles Arthur at the Guardian took a look at a fascinating little search experiment – for one month only you can search for results within Google’s Index from 2001 alongside those same results from today.

Of course much focus has fallen on the absence of products and services which we take for granted today. But in form and content, this initiative speaks both to the development of the search experience, and of our life and times. (more…)

Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR): some sources

30 September 2008

Here follows the lecture prompts for part II of my 2008/9 lectures on Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR). For part II on theory – see here (more…)