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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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I have always used Google even to search MSDN. All I do is add a keyword MSDN to my keyword search.
Example: GetElementsByTagName msdn
Basically what I am doing is obtaining Microsoft's documentation for an API or method by adding "msdn".

Obviously many people are using this trick. Of late, I am surprised by the number of people who specify "kamat" as a keyword in their searches.
Example: kamat Gandhi or kamat kamasutra or kamat women

On a related note, I use Google even to search our own site. Yet, I am very surprised by the number of people who use our search engine. For years in succession, the search engine has been our most popular page. I have no idea why.

Update: I might not know, but the usability guru Nielsen does (my thanks to the patron who sent the scan)

Upon further reflection, these are my thoughts on why people use our search engine so much:

  • Location of the search box. It is on every page
  • It is very fast search, and the search results are of high quality
  • It is a fallacy that one Google is enough for the web. I think there is room for Google Search and there is room for Kamat Search.

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