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SearchCap: The Day In Search, Jan. 16, 2007

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on
Search Engine Land and from other
places across the web:

From Search Engine Land:

  • Disclosing When Queries Are Autocorrected
    Google Auto-correcting Queries from Google Operating System notes that Google
    seems to have moved beyond suggesting spelling corrections and now
    automatically does them for you. Actually, I think this is the stemming
    feature kicking in. However, it highlights that it’s useful for search engines
    to tell you exactly what they’ve modified, if they do so….
  • New Google
    Checkout Promo; New Google Trust Worries

    Gary Price pointed out something new to me on Google, the ability to filter
    product search results from merchants using Google Checkout. But more
    important, Google’s promoting this new feature right within its main search
    results. That move, along with just having dropped map links to competitors
    and in the wake of last month’s tips fiasco, rings alarm bells that Google’s
    not thinking clearly about the best way to balance promoting its own products
    and the trust of users. Here’s what you get at the top of results for a search
    for sd cards 128mb: Notice how that search generates…
  • comScore:
    Google Wins Again & IE7 Doesn’t Stop Microsoft’s Slide

    It’s that time again — search popular stats for last month are coming out.
    Actually, Hitwise sent me their figures earlier this month but I’m diving in
    with the comScore figures that just came out. The main real news is despite
    the Internet Explorer 7 launch, Microsoft’s Live continues to show a drop in
  • Google No
    Longer Linking To Yahoo, MapQuest Maps

    Search Engine Land got an email this morning from Another Blogger alerting us
    to the apparent fact that Google had removed links to Yahoo and MapQuest maps.
    Previously, a search for "541 Lexington Avenue New York" (W Hotel), for
    example, would have yielded a choice among Google Maps, Yahoo and MapQuest.
    Here’s the search result today….
  • Wikiseek:
    Leveraging Wikipedia For Web Search, Poorly

    The Wikipedia search engine has arrived — Wikiseek — but it’s not the
    Wikipedia search engine you’re thinking of. Wikiseek is completely different
    than the Search Wikia project backed by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales that I
    wrote about last month. Below, a look at the disappointing new service along
    with a revisit to how it is different from Search Wikia. The idea behind
    Wikiseek is simple. Crawl only content referred to within Wikipedia itself,
    which the site boasts will make it better:…
  • MetaGlossary –
    Two Million Terms, Phrases And Acronyms

    MetaGlossary provides users with access to over 2 million words, terms and so
    on. It works in a similar manner to the Google define: function, though I’ve
    found that it tends to be rather more comprehensive. Definitions for ‘search
    engine optimization’ resulted in 1 related phrase with Google and 15 with
    MetaGlossary. Google gave a total of 23 definitions while MetaGlossary gave me
    85 definitions. To be fair, this wasn’t always the case, since Google did come
    up trumps on some terms that I searched for, such as RAC (I was looking for
    Royal Automobile Club) and the MetaGlossary failed…

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