RE: Search Engine habits?

Subject: RE: Search Engine habits?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 12:13:07 -0500

Dan Goldstein opinied:
> > I should have been more clear.
> >
> > I don't consider re-submitting a search with modifications to
> > be going past the second page of the original search.
> >
> > You seem to be saying what I was already suggesting, that if
> > the first attempt doesn't give much, or if the first attempt
> > DOES give some interesting results, the logical next step -
> > if one is needed - is to refine the search, and NOT to go
> > paging to the tenth or fiftieth page of returns from your
> > current search. In other words, anything past the second
> > page of Google or Yahoo hits rarely gets seen, except by novices.
> > The 28,800,219 hits on a term is just a count that Google
> > tells you, but nobody will ever see more than the first
> tiny fraction.
> >
>
> That's conjecture. Surely JupiterMedia (now Forrester) or some other
> company has actual stats on whether the results on the tenth page are
> getting significant hits.


Conjecture. Thus the word "suggesting".

The question is not so much whether there are actual significant hits
most of the time, but what the perception is, and how people (searchers)
act on their perception.

Is there even a way to _get_ to the last ten hits out of "about
2,090,000"?

And why did Google start using "about..." instead of the precise number
of hits from the particular instance of the search? Quantum searching?

- Kevin
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Search Engine habits: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Search Engine habits?: From: Geoff Hart
RE: Search Engine habits?: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Search Engine habits?: From: Dan Goldstein

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