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Search of the future

Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to select the type of results you want when you search?

I’d like to be able to search and have my results be confined to the following:

  • Stories
  • Reviews
  • Products (shopping sites)
  • Blogs/Opinion
  • Research/Facts
  • Region
  • Year produced

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  1. Tags are good….up to a point. Eventually once a service with tags gets past a certian point, spammers invade and would completely ruin the service. That and individual bias are what I think would ruin a large scale tagging service. I still think Google’s current method is the best, although it is unfair to brand new sites. I’m sure, however, that it would be easy for Google to have a search option that would categorize the results, but you could just add it to your search query, such as “ipod nano reviews” or a froogle search for shopping, and Google does have a new Blog search, which is in Beta however. For research/facts, Google Scholar has that covered. As for time categorization, this is much more dificult to manage for all sites, because the vast majority of people don’t put timestamps on their site. The things that do have timestamps are usualy generated when the site is updated, not manually declared.

  2. Am I being slow here? Are you talking about searches beyond the [catagory]:[subject] search that’s available now in Google? Eg. stories:gorillas, product:gorillas, etc.
    While it’s admittedly not perfect, as Ward points out, “Tags are good….up to a point. Eventually once a service with tags gets past a certian point, spammers invade and would completely ruin the service.”
    And I’ve got to admit, I love Froogle.

  3. In my opinion, the best search engine would be one that actually had an A.I. of some sort.

    1. It would have to understand the basics of the english language.

    2. It would have to know how different words tied into each other to form meanings.

    3. It would have to be able to search by meaning, not just raw words.

    I would also like to see a “narrow down” feature implemented. For example:
    1. User searches for “Chris Tingom”.
    2. Search engine asks, “Is Chris Tingom a place, person, or thing?”
    3. User selects the “person” option.
    4. Search engine asks another question, “Is this person male, female, or of unknown/undetermined gender?”
    5. User selects “male”.
    6. Search engine shows a picture of Chris and says, “Is this who you’re looking for?”.

    Very rough concept, but you get the general idea…