Appleman raves about Google’s custom search capabilities

I had lunch today with Dan Appleman who, back in the early 1990s, wrote the most important Visual Basic programming book: all about using the Windows API with Visual Basic, among others. He’s the kind of guy Microsoft used to care about flying into see its latest developer initiatives. He didn’t go to Las Vegas yesterday. I wondered why and he told me he’s been helping his sister do Web consulting for a variety of companies. Says he’s seeing a whole new world outside of the Microsoft fence and that he’s most excited about Google’s custom search engine. Even built one for .NET developers called “Search DotNet”.

It, indeed, is pretty cool and lets people build search engines with very little noise.

Here, compare a search for “Silverlight” info.

Custom Google Engine search for “Silverlight” that Dan Appleman made with Google’s Custom Search engine.
Regular Google search for “Silverlight.”

Dan’s custom search brings back a much higher percentage of great results — and his results are solely focused on developers, while Google’s main results have lots of other results that have nothing to do with Microsoft’s Silverlight. He says that such custom engines are much more “SEO proof” than other approaches, because he decided which sources should be included in the result set. So, you are mixing an algorithmic approach with a human approach of someone who is highly expert and trusted.

Anyone notice how much faster Google is indexing sites lately? I do. It used to take weeks to get into Google’s engine now results are showing up in less than 24 hours.

He recently talked with .NET Rocks about site discoverability and the Google Custom Search engine too.

UPDATE: Just saw this come through my feeds: Charles Knight of Read/Write Web writes about the top 100 alternative search engines.

Comments

  1. because he decided which sources should be included in the result set

    Geee, imagine that, back to the human-edited and handpicked all over again. Not like Lexis hasn’t been kicking that feature since get go.

  2. because he decided which sources should be included in the result set

    Geee, imagine that, back to the human-edited and handpicked all over again. Not like Lexis hasn’t been kicking that feature since get go.

  3. Yes, Google’s Custom search engine is a nice idea but does not work well for me. I believe Yahoo-Pipes does a better job.

    Talking about Ontology, Search and Taxonomy, the only software I know of where the software really works is InfoCodex. InfoCodex comes with a linguistical database with 3 Mio words and terms in German, French, English, Italian and Spanish. What does this mean? This means IC can actually do a cross-language search and find similar documents in another language. This is true-cross-language-search. Autonomy, Fast, OmniFind, no of those can do that. It also gives you a grafical overview of the topics in any given documents collection. Also see: InfoCodex Procedure

  4. Yes, Google’s Custom search engine is a nice idea but does not work well for me. I believe Yahoo-Pipes does a better job.

    Talking about Ontology, Search and Taxonomy, the only software I know of where the software really works is InfoCodex. InfoCodex comes with a linguistical database with 3 Mio words and terms in German, French, English, Italian and Spanish. What does this mean? This means IC can actually do a cross-language search and find similar documents in another language. This is true-cross-language-search. Autonomy, Fast, OmniFind, no of those can do that. It also gives you a grafical overview of the topics in any given documents collection. Also see: InfoCodex Procedure

  5. I noticed the speed over the weekend when it comes to indexing. I changed my companies website around and added some new keywords and Yahoo and MSN had them in less than 24 hours. Google was not far behind and had them the day after.

  6. I noticed the speed over the weekend when it comes to indexing. I changed my companies website around and added some new keywords and Yahoo and MSN had them in less than 24 hours. Google was not far behind and had them the day after.

  7. The thing I do not like about Google and Yahoo is, that they do not recognize documents with similar content. It happens often on the Web that a post or document is spread out over more then 50 websites. Now that is great for the author but not for the searcher because it blows up your search result unnecessarily. With InfoCodex this will not happen because the linguistical database recognizes similar documents and puts them into groups. This does not blow up your search result unnecessarily. InfoCodex Procedure

  8. The thing I do not like about Google and Yahoo is, that they do not recognize documents with similar content. It happens often on the Web that a post or document is spread out over more then 50 websites. Now that is great for the author but not for the searcher because it blows up your search result unnecessarily. With InfoCodex this will not happen because the linguistical database recognizes similar documents and puts them into groups. This does not blow up your search result unnecessarily. InfoCodex Procedure

  9. My Google Custom Search solution for Delphi has been up for a day and I’ve already gotten some good feedback. It seems to be a very nice way to filter out noise and is practically the equivalent of performing a site search for the sites included in the engine. I’ve found that relevant items which would normally appear 6-7 pages deep in a standard Google search appear close to the top which is very nice.

    http://www.stevetrefethen.com/delphisearch/

  10. My Google Custom Search solution for Delphi has been up for a day and I’ve already gotten some good feedback. It seems to be a very nice way to filter out noise and is practically the equivalent of performing a site search for the sites included in the engine. I’ve found that relevant items which would normally appear 6-7 pages deep in a standard Google search appear close to the top which is very nice.

    http://www.stevetrefethen.com/delphisearch/

  11. “Anyone notice how much faster Google is indexing sites lately? I do.”

    Robert and Dennis Goedegebuure, let’s talk about something else. :) Photowalks, anyone?

  12. “Anyone notice how much faster Google is indexing sites lately? I do.”

    Robert and Dennis Goedegebuure, let’s talk about something else. :) Photowalks, anyone?