something to honk about
Google is the most widely used search engine for finding information on the world wide web. Archie, launched in 1990 was the first. There have been and still are others, Ask Jeeves, Bing, Yahoo, etc.
I am not convinced, though, that search engines are the best way to locate items and surf the internet. I’m surprised there isn’t already an alternative. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is already something in the works, being developed at Google or MIT or some place like that. A better way to navigate the world wide web.
I think there needs to be map. Like a global road map, but organized by related information, not by physical location. I don’t know how this would work. I’m not the person to build it. I know that for sure. I won’t be invited to be on the team that does build it. That is okay with me, as long as there is a team.
Surely a list of results thousands of numbers long is not the best way to travel around the internet and find what you are looking for. When we use any search engine to look something up, we say we are googling it. I like Bing so I usually google it on Bing, whatever it is.
I’m sure we’ve all heard the story about how Google was named after “a googol” literally 10 to the 100 power (or 1 followed by 100 zeros). And that is exactly what googling something is like, a nearly endless list possibly somewhere containing precisely what you are looking for. But which item on that list of a googol returns is the best answer to what we searched?
I have an article in my email in box which has been waiting for me to read for months. It is about enhanced search strategies for googling more specifically and more effectively. It is 13 pages long. You can see why I haven’t gotten to it yet. Do I need a freaking doctorate to be able to successfully search on the web? There must be an easier way.
By the way, I’m aware that I’m using world wide web and internet interchangeably. I have been notified that there is a difference. But the explanation didn’t really clarify things that much for me, so I’m going to keep pretending they are the same for now, thanks.
I think there needs to be an alternative, a better way, to navigate the wealth of information out there. What do you think? What is your favorite search engine for googling? How do you find virtual things and places? Are you one of the intelligent doctorate-having team members working on building the virtual map I want to use? How cool!