Search Engines

I started these readings expecting to learn about how search engines work. I honestly expected to read some technical jargon about how search engines do their thing.

I actually took away something about how I look for information on the web.

I remember when I first starting using the internet, back when I had to walk two miles through the snow up hill both ways to get in line for the 28.8 kbs modem. Way back then, the first thing I would do to find something was to type it into a web address. A few awkward conversations with my parents and some groundings after they found adult content in the history and I realized that typing in http://www._____.com probably wasn’t the best way to do things. So I found search engines.

The best methods out there were engines that searched multiple search engines at once. I used them but I never became fluent in them. They were a tool that I was forced to use. Google changed that. They made search engines better and now thats primarily what I use.

But it took more than Google’s website. When I bought my first Mac, it came with Apple’s Safari browser built in. In the top right corner of the browser, there is a Google search bar. I don’t even have to go a website now. I can search while my homepage is loading. And I do. I use that built-in search bar for every little request. I don’t even think about where something could be, I immediately search for it.

I think thats the magic of search engines. They appeal to the laziness in people. The Internet saves us from going to the library for data and search engines save us from thinking about where that data is. The billion dollar question is: what comes next? How can they make more data closer to our fingertips?

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2 Comments

  1. Jessica Fine said,

    November 14, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Implantation maybe??

  2. exploringinteractivecommunication said,

    November 15, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    By making search engines more mobile on cellular phones.


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