Re: Google - how far do you go?

Subject: Re: Google - how far do you go?
From: Haim Roman <haim -dot- roman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:06:47 +0300

I need a reason to spend time looking past page 1 of searches. What would
make me think that there is better information via the links on page 2, 3,
etc.? If it's clear to me that I'm not getting the info I want via the
links on page 1, then I'll check further pages. But that's often a sign
that I need different search text.

For explanations that are more than a definition, then I normally search
google. But among the results, I tend to go to the Wikipedia links.

Wikipedia is not divine revelation. But what on the net is? In fact, what
in print is? (I'm excluding religious texts from this discussion)

- "Unadulterated dreck on *all* fronts" is quite a strong charge. How
do you know?
- I tend to trust it for information on computer & network protocols,
types of computer equipment, etc., though I can't prove it's reliable for
that.
- I'm suspect of it on political issues, but that's true for most
political material (online, hardcopy, or broadcast).
- If you can find a reliable source of information for a given area of
knowledge, then of course you should prefer that.


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On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

> In your normal, everyday interaction with public search engines (Google,
> Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc.), for roughly what percentage of search instances do
> you bother to look past page 1 of the results?
>
> Why?
>
> That is, I'm assuming that most people check page 1 of search results and
> start clicking likely links, or else take a look at what came up as page 1
> and decide right away that they need to revise their search, and only
> occasionally (if ever) proceed to page 2, 3, or (shudder) further.
> So ... why do you mostly consider page 1 far enough (if that's what you
> do), and why do you go past page 1 on those occasions that you do?
>
> I mostly go with hits from page one of search, until I've exhausted the
> links (or skipped, based on an obviously low-probability summary), and then
> I might try page 2 or three, though my perusal of links from page 1 has
> usually given me some hints as to how I might usefully refine my search,
> instead of going further in the current results. It's been literally years
> since I went past page 10 on any search. I'm more likely to switch search
> engines and retry a search than I am to 'go deep'.
>
> On a related note, when you want to look up a term, and want more than a
> dictionary definition, do you automatically use a standard Google (or Bing
> or...) search, first, or do you go directly to something like Wikipedia?
>
> Finally, if you are one of those people who think that Wikipedia is not
> merely ... er.... uneven, but is generally unadulterated dreck on all
> fronts... is that based on recent visits, or on the last time you bothered
> in 2007... or was that 2005... ?
>
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