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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Wacky Results From MSN - Highly Uninspiring

The search results thrown out by the New MSN search engine has become one of the most spoken thing in te net world. John Dvorak points out in his blog that new MSN really throws out Wacky Results . I tried and found what Dvorak says to be correct. In the Times Online test, In the 30 minutes spent test driving Microsoft's long-awaited search engine, launched today as a test site, it broke down eight times. Times writes, In the name of testing both sites to destruction, we opted to place ourselves in the shoes of a tourist planning to visit the place with the longest name in the British Isles, but was unsure of how to spell Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. A search for "Llanfair" on Google immediately brought up 94,800 websites, the second of which included the full name that we were looking for in the explanatory text below the link. A search for the full name then brought up more than 9,000 websites – again instantaneously. In stark contrast, searches for both the terms caused the Microsoft site to stall for a few seconds before the "search" engine announced: "This site is temporarily unavailable, please check back soon." We received the same advice when switching between the pages of those results that did appear and when searching for other words.So far so uninspiring. Deri Jones, the chief executive of SciVisum, the internet testing specialist, has predicted that Microsoft's search "robots" - the behind-the-scenes parts of a search engine that download pages - could slow down the whole internet."Problems in Microsoft robots could cause slow down for real users if they perform too aggressively, grabbing too many pages too quickly and thus inadvertently 'stress-testing' web sites," he told Times Online.This could also result in millions of users being asked to "try again later".
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