Gary Finds MSN Interface

The inestimable Gary Price noodled around the MSN search preview site and found something he probably wasn't supposed to. The page has since been taken down, but Gary has screen shots (here and here too) and a summary of the MSN search interface he found there. Good work Gary! …what…

The inestimable Gary Price noodled around the MSN search preview site and found something he probably wasn’t supposed to. The page has since been taken down, but Gary has screen shots (here and here too) and a summary of the MSN search interface he found there. Good work Gary!

…what I found most interesting, an option to use three “sliders” to manipulate the ranking of pages. In other words, add or reduce the weight of certain ranking factors. Some might even call it personalization since the results I see might be different than the ones someone else views for the identical search.
The sliders are labeled:
+ Updated recently–Static
+ Very popular–Less popular
+ Approximate match–Exact match

Author: John Battelle

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4 thoughts on “Gary Finds MSN Interface”

  1. The part I thought was interesting is the categories above the search field… Especially the last one, ‘PC’. How long til they join the desktop club oh wise one? Will we have to wait til LongHorn or will it be sooner. I believe the writing is on the wall, er, the web page.

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