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  1. Search Engine Showdown Update The Shifting Sands of Search Greg R. Notess SearchEngineShowdown.com

  2. Year Worth of Changes • Google Prominence & Dominance • Other Search Engine News • Ownership Shuffle • Vital Statistics • Mortality & Natality Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 2 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  3. Google Prominence • Often now: first & only search engine • Heavy traffic & time spent • Now claims 250 million searches per DAY • Very active early in 2002 • Partnerships at end of 2002 • Portal / Destination Move? Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 3 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  4. Early 2002 Activity • Google Catalogs • Google APIs • Google Programming Competition • Google Labs • Voice search • Keyboard shortcuts • Google sets • Glossary project Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 4 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  5. More Recent Activity • Froogle • Product (Shopping) Search • Buys Blogger • Not Directly Search Related Combined with News = More Destination • Google Labs Adds • Google View • Web Quotes Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 5 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  6. Revenue Generating Activity • AdWords Select • Competes with Overture, Espotting • Google Search Appliance • Google Answers • Content-Specific Ads • Not Search Related Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 6 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  7. Evolving Partnership Deals • Switched from Inktomi to Google • AOL • CompuServe • iWon • Made Google more Prominent • Yahoo! • Netscape Search • Go Goes from Overture to Google Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 7 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  8. Google News • Expanded scope • Over 4,000 news sources • A 30 day archive • Emphasis on Algorithmic Browse • Commercial Online • Has Much More Archive Depth Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 8 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  9. Search Feature Changes • Aggressive spell checking in English • automatic correction if misspelling = 0 • Now turned off? • Stop words searchable in phrases • Even ‘the,’ formerly non-searchable • Wildcard in phrase • “addictive * vice of biblioscopy” Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 9 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  10. Google Backlash • Banned in China for awhile • Censored at google.fr, google.de • cyber.law.harvard.edu/filtering/google • Sued in U.S. • Privacy Concerns • Dominance / Monopoly Concerns Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 10 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  11. Other Search Engine News • Google is not comprehensive • Others offer unique features, content • FAST at Lycos & AlltheWeb • AltaVista • Inktomi at MSN Search & Hotbot • Teoma Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 11 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  12. FAST Activity • Starts Indexing PDF, Flash, Word Docs • Lycos adds Fast Forward • Main Activity at AlltheWeb • Overture Announces Intent to Buy • AlltheWeb and Web Search Portion of FAST • Not the Enterprise Search Side Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 12 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  13. AlltheWeb Changes • Full Boolean Searching (finally) • Size limits, IP address limits • PDF and Flash file limit • User-customizable date limit • Embedded content limit • KWIC display • Home page/doc depth limit (now gone) • FAST Topics also gone Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 13 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  14. AltaVista • Overture to Acquire • Remodeled: Larger, Fresher • Geo Targeting • Added PDF indexing • Prisma (11% Usage, More Languages) • Truncation Improved (* = unlimited) • News Search: More Depth & Features Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 14 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  15. HotBot Relaunch • Now with 4 Databases • AlltheWeb, Google, Inktomi, Teoma • Sequential, not simultaneous searches • Emphasis on Customization & Advanced Search • Some Inktomi Search Features Gone • No truncation • No page depth • No unclustering Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 15 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  16. Inktomi (at MSN Search, HotBot) • Yahoo! Buys Inktomi • Indexes PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint • Larger, Fresher Database • Geo Targeting • Smart Abstracts • KWIC, editorial, or custom Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 16 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  17. Teoma • Bought by Ask Jeeves Last Year • Teoma Adds More Advanced Features • Field searching • intitle: • inurl: • site: • Boolean capability expands • OR available, but does not yet combine well • Advanced Search Page Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 17 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  18. Search Engine Vital Statistics • Mortality • Northern Light • Direct Hit • Natality • OpenFind (Taiwan research) • Large, but very much a prototype • Gigablast • Advanced Features, Cache, Honesty in Dates Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 18 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  19. Current State of Search Engines • Google Remains Important • Sole source for some info • Google Groups • File types such as .rtf, .ps, .wpd • Size and scope • Cached files • Other Search Engines • Offer additional content & features • Still surviving • New ones still being created Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 19 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  20. Current Status of Major SE Databases Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 20 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess

  21. Search Engine Update SearchEngineShowdown.com More on Advanced Features Feature Chart Detailed Reviews greg@notess.com Search Engine Showdown Update Slide 21 CIOL 0’3 - Greg Notess