Wednesday, April 06, 2016

What's Wrong with Google's Results Page?

"He that hates gifts shall live" (Proverbs 15:27)

Google collected the best of the world's computer engineers, and they are working night and day, for many years, slowly and methodically, using the most advanced methods, in order to increase Google's revenues . Every element on the results page is a masterpiece of deception that  passed the test of billions of people. [1]

At the top of the results page, under the search words, in bright black letters,  appear the number of results.

To its Right, in brackets, in smaller dark black font - an indication of the duration of the search.

Every results page has ten results.

Every result has a blue title

Green link beneath it,

Date beneath it,

Followed by a snippet, which is a summary of the proposed document. The Snippet has usually two lines.

Inside the snippet in bold letters show the keywords the user typed.

Google's results page is full of deliberate diversions, elements which are wasting the user's time, obstacles placed on his way to the answer he is looking for.

The number of the results and the duration of the search are interesting for the engineers at Google but not for the surfer.

The title is not meant to be relevant. It is designed to allow the surfer to reach the document from which the snippet was taken. After exiting from any document the title changes color, in order to prevent the user from re-entering the document he already visited. The title of the sponsored links and of the organic links look identical (there's a tiny square with the word Ad in front of the sponsored links). It is designed as a trap that forces the user to click on the sponsored link, which is less relevant, but is placed before the organic link2]].

The colored link is irrelevant - it is not designed to be read.

The date is irrelevant - it certainly is not that important to be placed at the top of the snippet.

The number of results does not help the surfer to understand the answers. The hundreds, thousands and millions of results that are waiting for him on the following pages just confuse and frighten him [3]. A typical surfer sees only the first screen, and not even the entire results page, ie, the first five results [4].

Each result has colorful letters and black letters on a white background. As we know, colorful letters attract more attention than black and white letters [5]. If  the snippets were colorful and all the rest of the text was in black on white, we could understand that the main thing is the information, while the title and the link are less important, but the color is dedicated to the title and the link, and the impression is that they are meant to separate the results, and that the purpose of the result it to navigate outside by clicking the title.

 Even the result that Google ranks first, because it is the most relevant, leads to a document that has, generally, many paragraphs, but only few of them are relevant and contain the keywords typed by the user.

Google's snippet is too short [6] and fragmentary, and it does not allow the surfer to best decide whether he should surf to the proposed document. 


Ads Tied to Web Searches Criticized as Deceptive Federal Trade Comission Has Pressed Google, Yahoo, Microsoft to Comply With Requests to Highlight Paid Links

"the affective symptoms of uncertainty, confusion, and frustration prevalent in the early stages were associated with vague, unclear thoughts about a topic or problem". Inside the Search Process: Information Seeking from the User’s Perspective by Carol C. Kuhlthau, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE. P. 368... “Uncertainty is in the head but anxiety is in the pit of the stomach.” The whole experience of users
affects their information use, their feelings as well as their intellect, particularly in the exploration stage. P. 370.

"The importance of the first results screen has two reasons. Firstly, users seldom look beyond the first few results..." Source:

Source: Lamberski, Richard J., and Francis M. Dwyer. "The instructional effect of coding (color and black and white) on information acquisition and retrieval." ECTJ 31.1 (1983): 9-21.

Cutrell, E. and Guan, Z. 2007. What are you looking for?: an eye-tracking study of information usage in web search. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (San Jose, California, USA, April 28 -May 03, 2007). CHI '07. ACM, New York, NY, 407-416. the
"The authors examined the effect of varied snippet lengths in search result pages, using gaze data to determine the order...They concluded that longer snippets enhanced performance on information tasks".

Tuesday, April 05, 2016


Yolink, at first glance, looks very similar to QTsaver.
They both extract relevant paragraphs from several internet documents into one results' page.

QTsaver started in 2005.
Yolink - in 2008 (under the name ChunkIt! until 2009).

Yolink, was developed by TigerLogic, a company from Portland, OR.
But while QTsaver was standing alone using results from Google, Yahoo and Wikipedia, Yolink is an Add-on to browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and a widget for blog tools like WordPress and Typepad.
You can see a few nice presentations of Yolink in action on:

Yolink is based on a Patent "Systems and Methods of Displaying Document Chunks in Response to a Search Request US 20090216736 A1" by             Jeffrey Matthew Dexter and Robert Smik.

QTsaver was closed on 2006.
Yolink is still running, and I hope that it will succeed more and more, since the current Google-like Search Engine Results Page serves the giant money makers more than the knowledge seekers, and "money blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent" (Deuteronomy 16:19 ). 

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Synonyms for the Term Search Engine

The term Search Engine is a simile which can mislead us. It makes us think that there's a machine that makes answers. Actually the computer does not search answers - it searches matches between the words we typed and the words in its index, which had been prepared in advance. If there is a match the match becomes the answer.

Search and Find are opposites, but the term Search Engine has no antonym, no opposite.

The unity of the opposites Search and Find is information. Sometimes we type the information (words) "Prime Minister of Israel" and we get the result: "Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel". The same words (Prime Minister of Israel) appear in the question and in the answer. When Prophet Isaiah said: "for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (11:9) he prophesized about the unity of the opposites, since the sea is made of water which is both the content of the sea and its coverage.

The academic Synonym for Search Engine is Information retrieval (IR). The term Information retrieval is not a simile. It seems more accurate and down to earth, but its premise is that the information is there and we only have to find it. And what if there's no answer to our question? Search may end up with no result, but for Retrieval there must be some result, since no result means that this piece of Information can not be retrieved.

Searchers can get answers from browsing. Researchers noticed already at the first years of the WWW the need to differniate searching from browsing since "Web search aids are variously referred to as catalogs, directories, indexes, search engines, or Web databases... [but] a search engine should at least allow users to compose their own search queries rather than simply follow pre-specified search paths or hierarchy as in the case of... Yahoo Directory" [1]

There are many synonyms for the term search. A group of  such synonyms includes chase pursuit hunt and fishing. These are similes directing our attention to the work and hassle frustration enthusiasm and satisfaction involved in finding needed information. Frustration and satisfaction are very important tests for the relevancy of the results of a Search Engine.

The word question is actually a synonym for the term search. Interestingly the word question comes from the word quest which was used in the romanic period  to denote adventures of knights such as the search for the Holy Grail.

Synonyms for question are ask and seek.  Some synonyms for question and answer appear densly in  Matthew/7-7: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you".

a research involves searching again and again, more and more, entering a query and refining it. It is a long adventure which ends after all the questions were answered, all possible places were checked, and there are no stones unturned.

Gesenius suggests that Chapes, the Hebrew word for search, is similar perhaps to Chafar, digged. synonyms for Chapes, the Hebrew word for search, are Charash (ploughed) and Tar (looked for) from which stems Tayar which maybe influenced the English word Tourist. 

[1]  Chu, Heting, and Marilyn Rosenthal. "Search engines for the World Wide Web: A comparative study and evaluation methodology." PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL MEETING-AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE. Vol. 33. 1996. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Capricorn symbol

Following is a demonstration of the power of Qtsaver micro content search engine to grab relevant info from multiple sources and present it on one page.

  1. http://www. tattoosymbol. com/zodiac/capricorn. html Capricorn | TattooSymbol. com
    • Capricorn Tattoo Symbol - Capricorn (21 December - 19 January) is the tenth sign of the ZODIAC and it begins the winter solstice. It is a symbolic representation of the goat's body and fish’s tail and reflects the ambivalent nature of those born under the influence of this sign. In the Far East, it is the first sign of the ZODIAC.
  2. http://www. elore. com/Astrology/Study/capricorn. htm Capricorn Astrology - Earthlore Explorations - Lore of Astrology . . .
    • Capricorn, whose constellation is known as Capricornus, is one of the oldest of the astrological interpretations. Ruled by Saturn, its symbol is the goat. This is sometimes depicted as a sea borne hybrid or Dolphin. The image is often an animal with the body of a goat and the tail of a fish.
    • Capricorn sea-goat symbol, within shell, fifteenth century, French manuscript.
    • Capricorn symbol within the zodiac, seventeenth century European manuscript.
  3. http://answers. yahoo. com/question/index?qid=20070304042227AAkL75G capricorn sun and moon rising sign gemini?
    • Block User Capricorn THE GOAT - the sign of Consistency Capricorn's symbol is the sea goat, rather than the mountain goat and this represents a sure footedness but also an ability to be a lot more fluid and flexible than their reputations suggest. Often having a superbly dry sense of humour Capricorns are instinctively knowledgeable about timing and will know when to make the most of opportunities. Tending to be quite career orientated, they will focus on making a name for themselves or finding their life's purpose.
  4. http://www. geocities. com/capricorn_horoscope Capricorn horoscope,compatibility, full description of the personality
    • Ambitious, pragmatic, and goal-oriented, they learn how to get things done. The mountain goat is an appropriate astrological symbol for this sign since a sure-footed, methodical climb to the top is the main goal of Capricorn individuals. They aspire to positions of power and authority, and they admire others who attain such positions. Initiative and willingness to accept responsibilities are keys to their success.
  5. http://www. skyscript. co. uk/capricorn. html Skyscript: Capricorn the Goatfish
    • The fire that animates the Capricorn's spirits is gestating and self-contained, but not to be taken lightly. The Romans celebrated the Sun's ingress into Capricorn as Saturnalia, a festival which welcomed back the return of the Sun's power after the shortest day of the year. The emphasis was on renewal of strength, fertility, and power that originates from the depths of being. As the cardinal earth sign Capricorn portrays the enduring and irrepressible spirit of nature. There is a productive fecundity inherent in the symbolism of the goat-fish that is dismissed too lightly if we fail to explore the deeper meanings of this complex ancient symbol.
    • They can suffer through shyness and are seldom at ease displaying affection. Yet Capricorn is a strongly sexual sign - the goat's horn is a symbol of male virility - and their fixed emotions can cause them to remain locked in grief and disappointment if they fail to win the object of their affection. Within relationships they have a strong sense of duty and commitment. This will be highly satisfactory to some but others may perceive it as unnecessarily restrictive and oppressive.
    • See also:
    • Scorpio symbol
    • Pisces symbol

Thursday, August 07, 2008


Following is a demonstration of the power of Qtsaver micro content search engine to grab relevant info from multiple sources and present it on one page.

1. http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Widget Widget - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

o GUI widget, a component of a graphical user interface with which a user interacts

o Widget toolkit, a software library containing a collection of GUI widgets that collaborate when used in the construction of applications

o Web widget, a physically-inspired applet on the web

o Widget engine, a software system for running applets on the web, desktop or mobile phone

2. http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Web_widget Web widget - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

o A web widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation. They are derived from the idea of code reuse. Other terms used to describe web widgets include: gadget, badge, module, capsule, snippet, mini and flake.

o A widget is anything that can be embedded within a page of HTML, i. e. a web page. A widget adds some content to that page that is not static. Generally widgets are third party originated, though they can be home made. Widgets are also known as modules, snippets, and plug-ins.

o The first widely syndicated web widget, Trivia Blitz, was introduced in 1997. It was a java game applet offered by embedded on 15,200 websites as of December 31, 1998 and 36,100 websites as of December 31, 1999. It spread virally through an "add this game to your website" button.

3. http://widget. dilbert. com The official Dilbert daily comic strip widget: The OFFICIAL Dilbert . . .

o Grab your very own Dilbert widget for your Facebook, MySpace, iGoogle page or any other place you may be feeling a void and let the icon of office workers make each day a little more brilliant and carefree.

o Even The Boss will appreciate the daily joy it will bring. Just choose the size widget you need and in the time it would take you to grab that 10th cup of coffee you can be sharing Dilbert with all your fellow cubies!

4. http://widgets. yahoo. com Yahoo! Widgets: useful, fun, beautiful little apps for Mac and Windows

o This is a highly addictive puzzle. To learn more about the puzzle, install the Widget, right-click on it and select "Help. . . ".

o This Widget will countdown the number of days, hours, minutes, seconds until the start of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

o This Widget gives you information on indices, stocks and funds. Its resizable window can also show charts and news for the items you're tracking.

5. http://code. google. com/webtoolkit/documentation/com. google. gwt. doc. DeveloperGuide. UserInterface. html Building User Interfaces - Google Web Toolkit - Google Code

o While it is possible to manipulate the browser's DOM directly using the DOM interface, it is far easier to use classes from the Widget hierarchy. You should rarely, if ever, need to access the DOM directly. Using widgets makes it much easier to quickly build interfaces that will work correctly on all browsers.

6. http://widgets. opera. com Opera Widgets

o Widget to search and display webcams all over the world.

o Advanced painting widget with many tools: pencils, charcoal, paint brushes, calligraphy pen and much more - draw, paint, paste photos, have fun!

o This little widget allows you to keep an eye on things that need to be done.

o A customizable calendar widget with events and reminders.

o Opera has released more tools and documentation for Widget developers.

7. http://automattic. com/code/widgets WordPress Widgets « Automattic

o Widgets have come to WordPress! By installing the Widgets plugin by Automattic and using a widget-ready theme, you can bring the popular customization feature from to your very own, hosted WordPress installation.

8. http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Dashboard_(software) Dashboard (software) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

o When Dashboard is activated, the user's desktop is dimmed and widgets appear in the foreground. Like application windows, they can be moved around, rearranged, deleted, and recreated (so that more than one of the same Widget is open at the same time, possibly with different settings). New widgets can be opened, via an icon bar on the bottom of the layer, by dragging a widget icon out into the layer. After loading, the widget is ready for use.

o When a Dashboard widget is built, it usually consists of six files:

o The widget's HTML file, which is the actual file that will be displayed in the Dashboard layer

o The widget's CSS file, which is used for styling the widget (but is called on from the HTML file)

o The widget's JavaScript file, although it may be implemented directly within the HTML file if the developer desires

o The widget's Property List (called “Info. plist”), which is what Dashboard uses to load the widget’s properties (i. e. : name, version, HTML file, etc. )

o The background image of the widget, in PNG format

o Once all of these files are in the root of a directory, it is given a name and the extension ". wdgt", and then it can be opened up in Dashboard as a widget. More complex widgets may also include a Cocoa widget plugin (for platform-specific functionality), one or more JavaScript files (for text scrolling, preferences, etc. ) or multiple images (for personalized select menus or buttons).

o Dashboard widgets, like web pages, are capable of many different things, often to perform tasks that would be tedious or complicated for the user to access manually. One example is the Google Search widget, which simply opens up the user's browser and performs a Google search. Other widgets, like Wikipedia, grab the contents of webpages and display them within Dashboard. Some widgets can also serve as games, using Adobe Flash (or another multimedia authoring program) to create games just as if they were in a browser.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fighting Broken Links

Online surfing suffers from broken links. They pollute the web. The best way to prevent these annoying “thorns” is to reduce making them. We have to cope with the recklessness behind manufacturing them. Taking the problem personally and seriously means finding ways to bypass the need for links, which work perfectly until they break for some reason. For instance: Instead of linking to Wikipedia in order to mention a source of a quote it might be enough to refer to the heading of the entry, which is usually a unique keyword.

In order to fix broken links I have to click on every single link on my large web site. When the link doesn't work or works too slowly I ask myself if I can delete it. Most of the times the answer is positive, and I ask myself why did I make the links from the start.

It might seem too tedious to fix all these broken links one by one without using any software, but I can tell you that after a while I found patterns that gradually helped me find shortcuts.

I don't believe in solutions from “above” (that Google would encourage us, up loaders, to use less links and rank higher). I even don't mind if nobody else but me genuinely thinks that it's worth the time to fix broken links. I'm just convinced that's what I have to do without delay, and I share it with those who read this.

Tip 1: remember that a link is only a highlighted text. If you have a lot of broken links on one of your pages you may consider canceling the highlights (copy the document to MS Word with the Special Paste command unformatted text). Without highlights a link becomes regular text and no one can break it.

Tip 2: consider writing textual (not highlighted) links. Readers who will be really interested in following these links will have to make the (copy and paste) effort.

Tip 3: avoid links to PDF files, which download too slowly.

Tip 4: avoid dynamic links.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

QTSaver Demonstration, Tribal Tattoos

See a demonstration of multiple QTSaver Queries about Tribal Tattoos resulting as an article I sent to tattooblogger.

I started with the Keyword Tribal Tattoos and proceeded to other Keywords that I stumbled upon such as:

African tattoos, Bengal tattoos, Berber tattoos, China tattoos and so on.

I arranged the results in Microsoft Word Levels and eventually the headings by alphabetic order.

It took me about 4 hours.