September 2005 Archive
Google (and other search engines) have long had a peculiar inability to count their results. It is always an estimate of "about" some rounded number. Repeating a search term can change those numbers, and Danny speculates on some of the reasons why. Just remember, we wouldn't want consistency from Google, would we?
For users of Google's Personalized Search and their search history, a new experiment allows for the removal of pages and entire sites from the results. Matt posts about the new remove result option. Unlike Yahoo!'s block site feature which this mimics, there is no listing of the sites and pages that have been blocked.
Yahoo! announces the addition of subsite results -- additional links within a single search result that point to other options or to sub pages on the site. The latter appear often with Wikipedia entries. These are similar to Google's subsite results.
According to Gary, Yahoo! has expanded its cache option by providing links to old versions of Web pages via The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. The link is in the header of the Yahoo! cached page copy. Gary notes that both Gigablast and Clusty offer links to the Wayback Machine as well.
I have updated the search bookmarklets page. It includes several fixes to the older bookmarklets, the addition of several select and transfer bookmarklets so that Ask Jeeves, Exalead, Gigablast, Google, MSN Search, Teoma, and Yahoo! are all included. I also added a Yahoo! site search and a numbering of MSN results bookmarklet. For those new to bookmarklets, the page includes instructions and a demonstration of how to set up and use the bookmarkelts.