23 June 2007
I had heard a friend talking about ask dot com coming out with a site redesign, and she had said that search results would pull a graphic preview of multiple pages within results, giving a similar look to results like I would imagine the microsoft surface or iphone graphic navigation. I did not see this feature the way I had envisioned it. Perhaps I did not know where to look.
I did like the new options at ask.com – it seems to offer many more options for narrowing down search results, and the binocular preview of sites that can be obtained similar to what snap preview does is really cool. I like the buttons and options. I did notice some straightforward, easy to change options like to search or not to search within adult sites and such was very easy to use.
Looking for my girl Jackie Melon by doing a search for big boobs, and then doing a blog search for Jackie Melon did not turn up the results that I had hoped for. Perhaps I should have tried the blog search with quotes. At this point I think that having more suggestions like “try your search with quotes” in order to return those kind of results just may make this my favorite search portal.
I really like this way of searching, I am very impressed with the options, and keeping the sidebar I believe will help newer web users filter down results better. This should definitely be something to send to friends and see if they enjoy using it.
My only complaint is when I did a search for big boobs, there were some sponsored results displayed and I could not see any kind of separation between what was sponsored results and what wasn’t. This is an issue I have with LCD screens and especially affects me with google when searching on my laptop. I assume that there is some kind of slight variation in background color that just does not show up well with my dell LCD or my gateway notebook lcd screen. This could be fixed with newer, better screens int he future, or maybe the search engines will fix this another way. Time will tell.