Monday, October 25, 2004

MSN new search engine

MSN just released a preview version of its new search engine. The user interface, results and workflow resemble Goggle's experience. In addition, MSN offers a very interesting feature that could be the first step into a self indexing web.

Each result displays a button called "feedback". The button displays a smaller screen that allows users to click one of the following options: is exactly what I was looking for, is a dead link, is spam or junk, is inappropriate content (adult site), has the wrong language, has a bad description for the page content, and other. It also allows users to type the URL they were expecting to see on the list if not shown.

It is very clear Microsoft is trying to collect users' feedback to somehow refine the rankings and personalized results.

Review from search engine watch:

Here is the preview version: