Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
|Pass Through Searching|| |
| Pass Through Searching|
(a.k.a. "I'm Feeling Lucky" Search)
Most people know about Google's "I'm
Feeling Lucky" button. But the idea is very old, has been in use for
several years and is known as "Pass Through Searching/Linking".
The technique is this. If the search engine has enough
confidence that it has met the exact match the user is looking for, instead of
showing the user the search results, she is taken to the target. It reduces
clicks and builds confidence and trust in users (for two reasons: (a) the search
service provider is giving up on an opportunity to display a page, and (b) the
users will learn to use a search criteria that will give them the exact match
for the repeat searches).
Today I have implemented Pass Through Searching on Blog
Portal. If the search returns only one result, it will directly take you
the appropriate site.
I like it because, instead of having an elaborate blog roll, I have one word shortcuts.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, February 27, 2004|
Last Modified: 2/27/2004
|This is how I surf the web. Turns out
creating your own start page beats all portals, back-flipping,
personalized corporate pages, and book-marking tools.