Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Square Search

Square your search results with Google Squared Google Blog requiring you to visit ten, perhaps twenty websites to research and collect what you need. ..... I'd find roller coaster sizes on one website, heights on another, and speeds on a third. By manually comparing the sites, I could get the information I was looking for, but it took some time. With Google Squared, a new feature just released in Google Labs, I can find my roller coaster facts almost instantly. ....... As you remove rows and columns you don't like, Google Squared will get a fresh idea of what you're interested in and suggest new rows and columns to add. ..... Once you've got a square you're happy with, you can save it and come back to it later.
Wolfram Alpha says it is an answer engine, not a search engine. Microsoft's Bing says it is a decision engine, not a search engine. Yahoo wants to "kill those 10 blue lines." Twitter claims to have real time search. All such premises are enticing because search is so raw still.

And now we have Google clamoring with Google Squared. Google would also like some of the search buzz. Can you imagine?

Raw search is great. I like to know there are a million pages on the term I am searching. And raw search should stay the center of the action. But maybe Google would like to service an alternate version on the side to face the reality that most users don't go past the first page of search, and most certainly don't go past page 10. So they should go find many interesting ways to display the first 10 pages of search results. That would not be Google Squared, that would be Google to the power of 10.

Google still has the best search algorithms, and I still prefer "those 10 blue lines" to any other search display formats that I have seen. I like to do my own exploring. But for the sake of the consumer maybe Google wants to work as hard on display options as it has on search. It has been super at search and it started out super at display. The simple search results page had and still has its allure. But Henry Ford stuck to his generic model, and competitors created new niches by designing fancier cars.

Maybe Google does not want to keep the search market to itself and give the display market to others, especially when display is where the interaction happens with the end user.

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