Friday, November 12, 2004

More reasons for focused search engines


Following you will find a list of reasons why specialized/focused search tools (verticals) can be very useful:

- the average query length is about 2.8,
- most searchers don't use any advanced syntax
- search skills haven't improved that much in the past few years
- there is little to no use of controlled vocabulary (to help bring like things together)
- many searchers only look at the first few results on a serpand other issues further complicates the situation.

In addittion, here is a chart from about the invisible web: