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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

More Serendipitous Search.

Most of the time when we do a search we want the most precise answer possible. When we do a Google search we almost always get something that is in total very imprecise with dozens of pages of hits. People also rarely browse beyond the first few pages because they have learned that the way that Google's pagerank works, later hits are usually too broad with regard to the search terms, and usually worthless. The search site BanannaSlug adds 'random' search terms in the same category to broaden the topic, which can produce more useful search neighborhoods, especially where an exact hit is not sought. Testing now. Mentioned in Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman's recent book "A Perfect Mess", which touts the benefits of messiness versus order.

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