Thursday, October 13, 2005

A Proposal for Search Engines

The search engines have done a very good job in helping people find the most popular sites satisfying the user's keyword query. This is a great way to discover most talked-about (read linked) sites. But what about discovering news sites and service? The internet is changing every second, and I as a user and more so as a blogger would like to see what are the hottest things coming up in the web. Today, there are websites like del.ico.us that let me browse the undiscovered web, but the point I am trying to make here is that, traditional search engines can simply tap their existing database and provide a service like del.ico.us.

Here is the idea:
  1. Have a list of pages that your robot has indexed recently, or that are part of domains registered recently. Have 1 month old as the default and let people change it. Optionally include pages that have changed drastically
  2. Create a list of most popular keywords and group related keywords. The keywords will be like tags in del.ico.ous
  3. Create a page having a search-box and the top keywords in it
  4. When a user looks for a certain keyword, take the user to a page and show results obtained from 1 and in the right side of the page show all the related tags
I believe that a system like this will be invaluable in helping analysts, researchers, hobbyists, investors, and even a common man to explore the web and find new things. I even have a name for this: "Web Explorer" :-)


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