Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Search Engine Results - Let's Define Terms

Today, Microsoft introduced a new version of its search engine. MSN Search now uses its own database and technology to generate its search reports. Before today, Microsoft relied on Yahoo's search engine.

In forums, blog postings and journal articles, the terms "better" and "relevant" are used when results from different search engines are compared. But how meaningful are these appraisals, and how are they made? Are these assessments purely subjective opinions, or are they conclusions based on accepted and valid metrics?

For now, I'm sticking with Google -- until I'm convinced that there is something "better".


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