Thursday, January 27, 2005

Google spawn

"Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." from the Google Print Page


We keep being told that users want Google. One box. They don't want to have to decide where to go to find stuff. That makes sense. But Google has more and more special search areas.

So some separate search areas are ok. But how many?

Or maybe the thing you do is start people out with the single box; once they've mastered that, then you move them on to other options.

MORE: 1/27 Elliot points out that Sherlock already does something like this using channels. It's an interesting point. I hadn't thought of it because I don't use Sherlock. It looks as if Sherlock seems to differs from Google in a couple of ways: 1. it searches other question answering services like Ask Jeeves & About.com 2. it is a piece of software you have to have on your computer rather than being a web-based service. So that goes to a later entry on this page, viz Desktop Search engines.

1 comment:

esm said...

they have more than one box, but they all work the same way or are very similar to each other. the user going to google is already asking a question and if the question is I want to buy something they may click froogle instead. but if they want to do research before they buy they may use google. the interface presentation and interaction with the user are very similar, which i think is part of users consternation with database x and database y.

its amazing how somthing as complex as google presents so simply, no matter if you are looking to buy somthing, read the news, etc. i have no technical understanding of what underlies google's mechanisms; all those things google has indexed may have rich metadata or may have poor metadata but the user doesn't know (should they?) or care (should they?).