Intention behind the new search tool sounded good. But the slider and
results were bullshit.
First of all, how much sense did the slider make? What does it mean
when I slide it midway towards shopping? Does it mean that I have
assigned .75 weight for shopping and .25 for research? What do those
weights .75 and .25 mean anyway? I mean, how do you differentiate them
from .95 weight on shopping + .05 weight on research? Does it mean
that somethings are inherently more commercial (and offer lesser
When I slide it towards the research end, results which normally
appear in pages 8 or 9 show up. So does research mean looking for
stuff that is hidden deep inside?
I think that shopping/research preferences should have been more of
black or white(radio buttons) instead of the slidebar.
I thought Google's personalized search (though broader than sales and
non-sales) was better. It solved the above problem with check boxes.
Choice is good. But more of it may not necessarily mean it is better.
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vimal sharma vimalsharmaa at yahoo.co.in
Sun Jun 12 22:55:53 PDT 2005
latest from yahoo's research lab is yahoo mindset which adds to
yahoo search engine as a slide control at the top of the page,the left
hand shows shopping and rightend is researching having entered your
search u can use the mouse to slide the button to the left to get more
commercial results.sliding to the right gives you more analytical or
......................."this is a great tool to seperate the wheat
from the chaff of the online search results. What is wheat and what is
chaff is of course,your personal preference."the hindu. http://mindset.research.yahoo.com