Search Engine habits

Subject: Search Engine habits
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 10:20:52 -0500

After an exchange in another thread, it occurs to me to ask:

Does anybody on the list ROUTINELY search with Google, Yahoo or any of
the other major engines and then actually look past the second page of

Does anybody on the list RARELY(*)-but-sometimes search with Google,
Yahoo or any of the other major engines and then actually look past the
second page of results?

I wanted to say "EVER", but everybody who's ever used search engines has
had to go through the learning curve of seeing how rapidly the useful
results drop off, meaning that everybody has had to look a few times
before deciding that:

A) There's not likely to be much useful stuff past the second page of a
casual search and

B) If you want there to be something useful on later pages of results,
you have to take time up front to craft a very particular and
well-thought-out search with all sorts of terms and conditions.

- Kevin

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