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Tuesday, 20-Sep-2005 00:00
Tell me.. what are you searching for?
One of the problems with search engines is - you have to tell them what you are looking for :)
To be a little more clear, you have to be VERY specific about what you "tell" them.

For example.. You can't look for "looking to buy nice house by the beach". You have to go through many attempts of searching for things like:
* realestate house "for sale" beach
* house beach seaview
* house buy coast
MAYBE after several attempts you will find some leads to somewhere where you will find some info that is relevant for you.

The real problem is that on the web today there is so much information (much of it is irrelevant to most of us) and search engines find it VERY hard to sift through it all.
This is especially true because search engines rely on contextual match to analyze what the page is about. But that is very hard thing to do.

Another way of doing it is trying to categorize the data in advance. However, no search engines was ever able to do it efficiently. I don't mean only search through links that are in a categorized database. I mean actually searching the web in a categorized manner.
Well... nobody until http://www.boardtracker.com/?ref=fotopages_blog&subref=pidgintech(BoardTracker) came along. BoardTracker is the first (and only) truely categorized search engines. and a very accurate one. When you search for information in it, you can limit the search to a specific field of intrerest. For example, computer games.. Lets say you want to search for a soccer game. Maybe even a specific one. With BoardTracker you can simply search for the game's name (lets say FIFA) BUT limit the search to "http://www.boardtracker.com/all/331/1/?ref=fotopages_blog&subref=pidgintech(computers & internet > Games)" or even "http://www.boardtracker.com/all/334/1/?ref=fotopages_blog&subref=pidgintech(Computers & Internet > Games > XBox)" if thats the game console you have. the search will be simply - http://www.boardtracker.com/search/?search=fifa&cat=334&ref=fotopages_blog&subref=pidgintech(http://www.boardtracker.com/search/?search=fifa&cat=334) (this search is ONLY for information in XBOX games) and the results will be VERY relavant. In fact, it is likely it will be as relevant as you can get from a search engine.
What would you do in another search engine? You will have to search for:
* game fifa xbox
or if it gave you many irrelevant results
* game soccer fifa xbox console
The problem is that you have to start "telling" a search engine what exactly is the thing you are looking for.. and with a lot of (what should be considrered) gratuitous words.
What BoardTracker allows you to do - filter the web in a categorized manner - is something search engines were not able to do so far, and seem to not be able to. Instead they rely on you, the surfer, supplying them with all kinds of "hint" keywords to help them filter the irrelevant results. Unfortunatelly, if you add "game" to a search you will most probably miss some very relevant results of pages that do talk about FIFA but since anyone on that page is fully aware of the fact that its a computer game, there is little need ot actually write "game" in the article/page. And by searching for that word, you will miss that page.

While it seems you are getting what you search for, that might just be an illusion created by the fact that you never know what you DONT get :)

Luckily http://www.boardtracker.com/?ref=fotopages_blog&subref=pidgintech(www.BoardTracker.com) is here to help you 8-)

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