18 May 2005

Search Engine Customization

They've got search engines for different countries and languages.

Why not have a search engine for:

  • cities,
  • continents,
  • dialects within a major language,
  • career fields,
  • technical languages?

    Meaning: Allow users to tailor their search to choose from specific geographic regions, not just countries, but also cities.

    Or: Just as we can have a language-specific-search, so too could there be a specific-city-focused web-browser-search-engine.

    Or: How about a feature that allows users to build their own search engine, to tailor the commands to their field, or the way that they search.

    Example quirky search features to place in a user-specific search engine:

  • X-number of words must/may separate/fall between the target words

  • Words fall within a specific order (Ex: [cat dog house] is different than [house dog cat ])

  • Ability to find a bridge between two different/unrelated search concepts, and find all the content that links these two different concepts

    How about a search tool that allows users to focus not on the popularity of the content, or the words, but on how well the arguments are put together. [They have essay-grading tools; apply that to search engines to find/rate quality of logical arguments]
  • They've got search engines for different countries and languages.

    Why not have a search engine for:

  • cities,
  • continents,
  • dialects within a major language,
  • career fields,
  • technical languages?

    Meaning: Allow users to tailor their search to choose from specific geographic regions, not just countries, but also cities.

    Or: Just as we can have a language-specific-search, so too could there be a specific-city-focused web-browser-search-engine.

    Or: How about a feature that allows users to build their own search engine, to tailor the commands to their field, or the way that they search.

    Example quirky search features to place in a user-specific search engine:

  • X-number of words must/may separate/fall between the target words

  • Words fall within a specific order (Ex: [cat dog house] is different than [house dog cat ])

  • Ability to find a bridge between two different/unrelated search concepts, and find all the content that links these two different concepts

    How about a search tool that allows users to focus not on the popularity of the content, or the words, but on how well the arguments are put together. [They have essay-grading tools; apply that to search engines to find/rate quality of logical arguments]
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