Friday, June 3, 2005
Goodbye robots, hello people
Two stories about Google getting personal in trying to fix its search results which have recently not been that satisfactory (at least for me).
One reports a whole gaggle of Google employees around the world manually checking and prioritizing search results (can anyone say, Yahoo!). SearchEngineWatch (thanks to MarketingVOX) reports:
Google Secret Lab, Prelude from Henk van Ess's new Search Bistro blog looks at how Google uses human reviewers to improve search quality. Ess has a screenshot and a Flash movie of how the system works, for Google's temporarily hired Q&A checkers. Very nice details so far that I've never seen posted anywhere before. However, this type of system isn't new.
Thanks to this NetImperatives story pointed out by MarketingVOX: Another free service currently in beta, Google Sitemaps, allows webmasters to submit and prioritize all the pages of a website they want crawled:
Google Sitemaps is an easy way for you to help improve your coverage in the Google index. It's a collaborative crawling system that enables you to communicate directly with Google to keep us informed of all your web pages, and when you make changes to these pages.