8 weeks since the launch of BlindSearch and I figured i”s about time to report some numbers back
Query count: 559,239
Results: Google: 41%, Bing: 31%, Yahoo: 28%
Top 10 search terms:
5% of search queries come from the OpenSearch provider.
Served up 9GB worth of data, which is pretty amazing for a mostly text site.
Received major blog coverage from the big hitters like istartedsomething, Mashable, The Next Web, Louis Gray, Reddit, John Battell and Techmeme! And some major twitter lovin. All of which have great ongoing discussion on the subject of search minus the brand. To summarise the general commentary there seem to be a few categories:
- A “meh” button: Many have commented on how the results are too alike to choose from. Many seem to struggle to choose one result the others.
- More than “10 blue links”: Many have commented on how BlindSearch is interesting but search has evolved beyond a list of results. They commented on how they expected to do more with their results like view a map or images inline, preview results, quick access to related queries etc.
- Surprise: Many were surprised that Google wasn’t always their choice. There were many instances of surprise that Google wasn’t as superior as they thought it was.
- Who to hate: Possibly my favourite comments centred around some peoples intent not to pick Microsoft and being surprised when they did. Two if my fav comments ‘”How can we hate on Microsoft if we don’t know which results are theirs?” and “OH GOD NO I VOTED FOR BING!!!!“
BlindSearch has been a great exercise and has really driven home that we’e only just begun with search. Thank to to all of you who keep using it and have found value in it. Please keep spreading the word.