« In the Age of Google…
this is true for almost any dedicated site-search engine. none of them can match google’s speed and efficiency.
for example, if you remember a story you saw on digg, it’s such a waste of time to use the digg search bar. you can find what you need approx. ten times faster with a “______ site:digg.com” google search.
i don’t find it funny/ironic at all. until someone can beat google at their core competency–fast, powerful, efficient search–it’s just the way things are.
Note also that all one-size fits-all search engines give the same top result (in other words: Ask, Live and Yahoo, too).
All one-size fits-all engines strongly follow the “Wisdom of the Language” ( http://gaggle.info/miscellaneous/articles/wisdom-of-the-language ) — in other words: domain names are both the most significant and also the most reliable guideposts for navigating to “relevant” results.
Google is also the most powerful way to find help centre content for a bunch of sites (esp ebay in my experience). The reality is that the value of searching across the whole web (and seeing the external site links / context) often outweighs the schema specific knowledge that goes into a site search.
The meta data, as they say, is out there…
I’ve always thought Twitter search was a bit cumbersome. I’ll have to agree…. nothing can beat Google!
have you seen this one?
a little off-topic here — recalling Rae’s issues w/ the “nofollow” incident (in which Google suggested to Twitter to put nofollow tags on links)…
I have been thinking about facebook — is facebook.com an entirely closed off space? AFAIK, virtually nothing gets outside of facebook.com — is that true? Are there rules against developing apps outside of facebook that allow for searching facebook.com from the outside (the way summize did with twitter before it was “folded into” twitter.com)? Are there any “stats” available that might give an indication of what people are talking about within facebook’s walls?