Extended “did you mean…?” or What is wrong to know, Google?
Google, how will you avoid unintentional censorship?
Imagine a search engine capable to predict the real meaning of user’s queries beyond their knowledge gaps, we are not that far.
The spelling auto correction tools could be extended to let users know something that everyone else already knows, beyond the present knowledge of single users.
A search engine used as a knowledge tool, is still a search engine? Can we search something we did not imagine that exist? Google already proved that we can search for something we don’t even know the correct name yet. How deep can you go, Google?
I feel like an elastic rubber band, between my ideas of a free knowledge market and customer’s will to do some business together. Google seems to experience a similar (not yet painful) division between what Google can give for free and its ads.
This month I got more conversions from Facebook Ads than from AdWords. Maybe I’m just a poor marketer, but maybe something is changing.
Update: Maybe a lot of little numbers will give us some answers, just like a lot of lines can draw something similar to a circle, we just have to remember that approximation of reality is not reality, and approximation may change the perception itself of reality (if reality exists, of course).
At the moment the search feature is available with the operator *.
See the full list of Google Features here.
Update: it happened to me on february 7th 2011
Update: apparently i was not the only one concerned about it 🙂
Update: but i still want an index history
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