Fantastic Google TV Advertisement

I use Bing (mostly) nowadays, but I couldn’t help but give a little ‘awww’ to Google’s Super Bowl commercial.

Far more effective than any of the Bing commercials I’ve seen for sure.

Searching the Internet with Blinders On

Google commands slightly more than 60% of the search engine market in the United States, but have you ever really thought about why you use it as opposed to Yahoo, or Microsoft, or AOL, or a multitude of other choices? Do you find the search results ‘better’? Have you experienced this for yourself or do you simply use it because that’s what others say?

I think I’ve accepted Google as my default search engine a bit too readily. I haven’t performed any testing of search results between the major search engines. Ever since picking up Google about 5 years ago, I haven’t even bothered trying anything else. When I started using Google, it certainly provided better search results than competitors, but since then, they’ve all made significant improvements to their algorithms. Now, 5 years later, I still harbor that same mentality: Google produces more pertinent search results, when it may not at all.

Today, due to a weird technological occurrence, I was unable to access any of the Google sites, and was forced to search the internet using Live Search and Yahoo. To Google’s credit, using a non-Google search engine actually made me feel  uncomfortable. That’s as deep a psychological attachment as I’ve ever seen. However, more importantly, I realized that I’ve been browsing the internet with blinders on. There’s no reason, aside from comfort, that I’ve been using Google exclusively. From this point on, I will make a conscious attempt to perform the same searches in Google, Live, and Yahoo. Hopefully by doing this for a week or two, I’ll get a better feel for the search result quality of each engine.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with using Google, and if through my test Google’s search results prove superior, I will gladly use it. I just don’t want go on searching the internet in ignorance. Anyone care to join me and share their findings?

A Google Story

I was pointed to an article written by a fellow co-worker in the Product Management department at Sybase today about Google – Mr. Google’s Guidebook.

Now don’t take this as just another Google article. This has to be one of the most creative articles I’ve ever read. The author takes a look at how Google’s evolved since its inception and how the tables have turned between the user and the utility.

I won’t ruin the story for you – it truly reads like one, a very entertaining one, and although it looks like a lengthy piece upon first inspection, it flys by like a good book. Here’s a signpost pointing your way, Whimsley!