Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
We snuck one in there
Author: Dave Winer Posted: 1/19/1999; 8:41:12 AM Topic: Writing for Searching Msg #: 2243 (In response to 2242) Prev/Next: 2242 / 2244
Good idea. We actually have that in a more subtle way.
When you click on a link produced by a search engine query you actually redirect thru search.userland.com. It records the fact that you, a sentient human being, picked this link in response to this query. It moves up in ranking as a result. Isn't that clever? And it required no more UI to confuse the user. That's an important part of it. I for one never have time to inform a search engine at a conscious level that I liked this one better than all the rest, so we snuck in a little heuristic to get the information from you without you even knowing we were doing it!
Check it out. Here's a query. Let your mouse run over the links, see they go back to search.userland.com. Isn't that funny?
There are responses to this message:
- Re: We snuck one in there, Kurt J. Egger, 1/19/1999; 8:49:12 AM
- Re: We snuck one in there, Stan Krute, 1/19/1999; 6:52:34 PM
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