April 15, 2014

Russia’s Yandex Expands Size of Search Index & Launches New Browser Extension

Re: Size of International Index: From The Next Web: Russian search engine company Yandex has significantly boosted its global search index from 4 billion pages indexed to ‘tens of billions’ of pages, according to a spokesperson. Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh announced the expansion of its search index, which has happened gradually since its launch in […]

Research Paper: Impact of Gender and Age on Performing Search Tasks Online

Title Impact of Gender and Age on Performing Search Tasks Online Authors Georg Singer Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu, Estonia Ulrich Norbisrath Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu, Estonia Dirk Lewandowski Department Information, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany Source Paper to Be Presented at Mensch and Computer 2012 September 2012 via […]

Web Search: Google Offering Paid Inclusion in Some “Vertical Search” Areas

Danny Sullivan has the details and plenty of examples at Search Engine Land. Why are we sharing this? Here are even more reasons (if needed) to understand and share how the web search business works and how to interpret a search results page. Google changing its tune is important and interesting but what’s most important […]

New Report/Statistics from Pew Internet: Search Engine Use 2012

Search Engine Use 2012 Pew Internet & American Life Project March 2012 Direct to Report ||| PDF Version Summary of Findings Search engines remain popular—and users are more satisfied than ever with the quality of search results—but many are anxious about the collection of personal information by search engines and other websites. Most search users […]

A Roundup of News About Google (Google+, Privacy, New Features)

A roundup of some recent reports. Of course, this only roundup only scratches the surface of recent Google press. Google + Google+ Users Are Spending Just 3.3 Minutes a Month on Site, ComScore Says (via Bloomberg) Google’s arrogance exposed in Google+ (via Marketwatch) Note: This article includes a link to a WSJ with more statistics. […]

Web Search: DuckDuckGo Relaunches With New Visual Design

From Matt McGee at Search Engine Land: DuckDuckGo has just relaunched with a new visual design across its home page and search results pages. Founder Gabriel Weinberg has been taking feedback and tweaking the design for at least three-plus weeks in the site’s community forum, where he announced the new look and layout early Friday. […]

EPIC Urges Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Google Search

From the Electronic Privacy Information Clearinghouse: In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, EPIC has called for an investigation of recent changes by Google to Google Search, the dominant search algorithm on the Internet. EPIC cited Google’s decision to include personal data, such as photos, posts, and contact details, gathered from Google+ in Google […]

Google Web Search Results Get More Personal With Launch of "Search Plus Your World"

From a Search Engine Land Post by Danny Sullivan: Google’s search results are undergoing their most radical transformation ever, as a new “Search Plus Your World” format begins rolling out today. It finds both content that’s been shared with you privately along with matches from the public web, all mixed into a single set of […]

Research Article: Predicting Searcher Frustration

Title: Predicting Searcher Frustration Authors: Henry Feild, James Allan, Rosie Jones Date: 2010 Source: The Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) In: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM SIGIR Conference (SIGIR 2010) Abstract: When search engine users have trouble finding information, they may become frustrated, possibly resulting in a bad experience (even if they are […]

Hitwise: “Facebook” Was 4 Of Top 10 Search Queries In 2011

From a Search Engine Land Article by Greg Sterling: Following the major engines themselves, Experian Hitwise announced the top search terms of 2011. The company looked at the top 1,000 search queries of 2011 and found that Facebook topped the list for the third year in a row. Top 3 Queries for 2011 1. Facebook […]