Monday, August 18, 2008

Search Engine Bias

The question of search engine bias can be easily verified by examining search results for popular words and phrases. I have performed search for very competitive and frequently searched word finance on Google and Yahoo.
As I expected Google lists as number one:
Google Finance
Google Finance offers a broad range of information about stocks, mutual funds, public and private companies. In addition, Google Finance offers interactive ... finance.google.com
And Yahoo shows in top position... no surpise here:
Yahoo! Finance
Free sharemarket information, financial news, glossaries and guides to help you learn about Australian and international markets.
au.finance.yahoo.com
See if you can find other examples of search engine bias.

32 comments:

  1. Another one.
    Search for account and you get as number one Google Accounts Google has more to offer when you sign in to your Google Account.

    http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=account&meta=

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  2. Sometimes the bias is earned, as is the case with Yahoo! Finance: it kicks ass. Google does a lot of things very well but Google Finance is not in the same class as Y! Finance.

    Interesting: try the keyphrase "search engine" in Google and the #1 hit is AltaVista, which hasn't been a contender for many years now.

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  5. each search engine is better for some things than others

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  6. your post is good.
    Every search engine have its own algorithm so search result is differ in each.

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  8. I do not see any bias when searching for "search engine" on Google:

    AltaVista
    AltaVista provides the most comprehensive search experience on the Web! ... SEARCH: Worldwide or Select a country RESULTS IN: All languages ...
    www.altavista.com/ - 10k - Cached - Similar pages -
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    Dogpile Web Search Home Page
    All the best search engines piled into one. All the best search engines piled into one. Web · Images · Audio · Video · News · Yellow Pages · White Pages ...
    www.dogpile.com/ - 41k - Cached - Similar pages -
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    Web search engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    11 May 2006 ... A Web search engine is a search engine designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. Information may consist of web pages, ...
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_search_engine - 60k - Cached - Similar pages -
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    Yahoo! Search - Web Search
    The search engine that helps you find exactly what you're looking for. Find the most relevant information, video, images, and answers from all across the ...
    search.yahoo.com/ - 7k - Cached - Similar pages -

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  9. This is ridiculous, but I guess to be expected. I don't believe Google or Yahoo have the best Finance info, for example.

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  10. Google Finance is up to the mark yet and many people still prefer to use Yahoo Finance.

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  12. I believe they all have their own strengths and it depends in what industry you are in.If you want to do search engine opimisation, then go to Google but if your are loking for business portals, Yahoo would be great!

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  13. Some time it can be depends on the industry through search engines can be easily verified by examining the search results for popular keywords and phrases. I did a search for highly competitive and often searched words on Google and Yahoo Finance.

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  16. For me, it's a no-brainer. Google is undoubtedly at the top when it comes to the most used and most popular search engines.

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  17. Here all these information which you can share is really very great. I have performed search for very competitive and frequently searched word finance on Google and Yahoo.

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