LLRX — Coming Soon: the Death of Search Engines?

Do you think the search and indexing race is over? Is it all sewn up by a handful of state-of-the-art megaliths that have so much of a head start there’s no room for anyone else?

Not according to the following article. Searching is hard and getting harder. The old ways don’t work and there’s room for improvement.

LLRX — Coming Soon: the Death of Search Engines?

One Response to “LLRX — Coming Soon: the Death of Search Engines?”

  1. Tom Booth Says:

    The concluding remarks: “…the Internet …is also about to cement its position as yet another mass medium ” as “free” search engines give way to paid content providers I think is false and seems to imply that search engine results won’t or can’t get any better in the future.

    I believe the solution to the information overload and irrelevant search results described in the article is not to change or improve search engine capabilities per-se but to improve metadata indexing on the part of web-masters and internet content providers so that the search engines have something relavant to look for in terms of the value and importance of information.

    Some of the most important meta-data that should be incorporated into a web-site as well as LINKS to a web-site are:

    Subject (of course), Location (if relevant such as for a “brick and mortar” business or an scheduled event in the real world) original date posted, source, target audiance, exspiration (When information looses its value, for example: a page about an event becomes irrelevant for most purposes the day after the event.), Some indication of the web-page’s importance for the field of study to which the page relates might be indicated. (for example a “Links” page or any link anywhere could include metadata that indicates the relative importance of each page or link.)

    Information (links) could also be ranked according to the credibility of the source (in the opinion of the site providing the link.

    Search engines could give an information source some priority if several other sites give a high ranking to the information in terms of importance, credibility, urgency(time, exspiration etc.)

    The regular incorporation of such metadata on web sites and links to web sites would provide more criteria for search engine selection of information rather than relying on “key words” alone.

    Unfortunately the current structure for including “matadata” on a web page is not standardized. There is, as yet, no agreed-upon method or standard for including such information, therefore the search engines don’t “know” what to look for.

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