Google – A find engine 08:58 on Thursday

Sami says he uses google to find links to pages he already knows and I attest to the same behaviour.

I think Google is moving from being a search engine, to being a find engine.
That’s what Google Desktop Search is about (well, in addition to being able to present ads based on the content of your hard drive…). It’s about using Google to find stuff you know you have, you’re not just sure where you have it.

The fact that user-filtered collections of data are preferred for searching new stuff is interesting. Not necessarily a testament to the power of folksonomy or any other way of navigating data, but at least a display of how much people trust crowds.

3 Responses to “Google – A find engine”


  1. Sami Salmenkivi Says:

    I personally find folksnomically arranged information very useful. I can actually spend a good while happily browsing through friends/peoples Delicious links. The odds of finding something useful is so much greater when someone I know or their network has done the preliminary screening. The hay stack where the needles are is so much smaller.

  2. Sami Viitamäki Says:

    More on social search: 50matches.com launches.

    “We only crawl web sites that were bookmarked or voted for by people, in sites like del.icio.us, digg and reddit. They link to sites with the best content, and it gives you the best quality search engine on the web. You can also call it Social Powered Search.”


  3. Sami Viitamäki Says:

    Even more discussion on the subject http://mashable.com/2007/05/14/google-dumber/