9.20.2005

Authority Finder

I like the new too that Aaron Wall released recently in beta called Myriad Search. Basically what this does is crawls the top 10 to 50 sites in each of the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Ask Jeeves). Myriad then rates each site by points, depending on where it was in the listings on each SE (search engine). A top placement gets the most points and it works down from there. It takes the points from each SE and adds them and (correct me if I am wrong Aaron)then lists them by the most points to the lowest. While this is not the greatest way to find authority sites, it certainly can shorten you search time by narrowing them down. If you want to read what Aaron said about the release please go here.

2 Comments:

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

I agree that this is a very interesting concept for viewing the big 4 all in one place. The ability to give different wieghts to each of them is also unique and useful. However, one must assume that the top results in each search engine are authority sites for that search term. I'm not convinced this is necessarily true.

 
At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>However, one must assume that the top results in each search engine are authority sites for that search term. I'm not convinced this is necessarily true.

That is the whole point of combining them and allowing searchers to adjust the weight of each engine...it lets you redefine the authority weightings offered from the regular search services. It is by no means perfect, but it is just another way to find information. I am also debating adding Alexa weighting and / or a few other things to the display.

thanks for the mention :)

 

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