In April, I asked a panel of search experts from Yahoo, Google, A9, and Ask Jeeves about the ubiquity of ordered lists of search results: the hallmark of every search engine's user interface. Couldn't we do better I asked? There is so much advanced technology present in the back-end of a search engine -yet the best we can show users is an ordered list of ten results and tell them to go fish?
- Top 5 standard search results (top half of the page)
- Top 3 results for a specific concept (labeled as ìsee results forî)
- Links to additional concepts (labeled as ìalso seeî)
- Next 2 standard search results
As I mentioned before: "We are faced with more information each day. A9 has over 28 million images of streetscapes in its database. BlogLines indexes 1.6 million blog entries a day. This makes information about information increasingly important." It seems like Google's "clusters" are a step in the right direction.