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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Searching for Ms. Right (Answers) ...

Search Engine Watch is in the process of some in-depth analysis of some of the "ready reference" or special information categories now appearing in internet search results. So far, they have analyzed Microsoft's Instant Answers and Ask's Smart Answers. In the case of Ask, the information linked at the top of the result page is drawn from sources like the World Fact Book, Wikipedia, The American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, etc. IMHO, this is one of the things the internet does very well... provide a quick definition, statistic, or explanation... provided the sources are credible.

Apparently amazon has entered the answer business... Askville is in beta.

And then there's this... Ms. Dewey, the saucy search engine librarian. Who knew information was so glamorous?


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