Sunday, March 28, 2010

Improved Google Suggest Interface

A Google post, This week in search 3/26/10, describes a new Google Suggest feature. Now "Google Search" and "I'm Feeling Lucky" buttons display when the Google Suggest box is open.

My suggestion: Make the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button accessible from the keyboard. As far as I can tell, a user can't access it from the keyboard.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Search Engines Promoting Free Expression

A Google post describes a decision to stop censoring Chinese search requests. See: A new approach to China: an update.

Nations handle free expression and censorship differently within their legal structures. It shouldn't be a surprise that search engine requests fall into the constraints of the local laws.

I would like to see a website with a matrix of countries and brief descriptions of how they treat free expression and censorship. It would be nice if it also had, by country, descriptions and links to censored websites.

Here is my original SETI research.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cyber Oppression And The Problem Of Clear Text Search Engine Keyword Requests

A Google post discusses the crucial problem of threats to online free expression. See: Securing online freedom.

In my opinion, as long as search engine keywords are sent in clear text, governments, ISPs, and other entities can easily match user IP addresses to search requests. Clear text search engine requests can be easily used to identify and eliminate political opposition and also ripoff intellectual property.

Here is an example of a typical Google clear text search query:

Suggestion: Google, Bing, and Yahoo should use SSL to encrypt search queries to help protect their users from political harassment and intellectual property theft.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Is Google Page Rank Supposed To Be Objective?

Web page rankings are determined by algorithms that include a large number of objective and subjective components.

I consider a search engine to be similar to a librarian or a restaurant or a movie reviewer offering a combination of objective and subjective suggestions.

Recently, there have been some Google-related antitrust issues in the news. In my opinion, the more Google claims page rank is an objective, scientific standard the easier it may be to prove its search results are noncompetitive.

Can an organization such as the US National Institute of Standards and Technology measure and standardize web page relevance? 

In my opinion, they probably could not because page relevance includes objective and subjective attributes.

Suggestion: Google should adopt a position that its page rank is similar to a 1) Michelin Guide, 2) Miss USA, or 3) Oscar Awards committee decision.

Here is my original SETI research.