Saturday, July 22, 2006

Abandoning Google search?

I thought I read somewhere (and I don‘t remember where*) about people beginning to abandon Google for Wikipedia. This makes a lot of sense. Why:

  • Link farms and spamdexing are rendering Google searches increasingly unusable.
  • Wikipedia is advertising free.
  • Wikipedia links are vetted. They‘ve received some quality control.
  • You can be reasonably sure that the links in Wikipedia will take you to something useful. No more going to a pages only to exit immediately.
  • Trust: Wikipedia is transparent.
  • Distrust: Google‘s algorithm is proprietary and secret.
  • Wikipedia links come with interesting explanatory text.
  • When searching Google, Wikipedia comes up as one of the top sites anyway so why not just start there?
  • And finally, you just have to like Wikipedia's mission: "Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That‘s what we‘re doing.”

That said, starting this morning I‘m making the switch. My browser is now set to start here:

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I like living experiments so I‘ll let you know how it works out. Once before I tried giving up analog currency. That was several years ago and it didn‘t go so well. I found there were many times when I would have to go hungry, and retrieving my car from a parking lot was a major pain. Hopefully this experiment will go a little smoother.

* NOTE TO SELF: Remember to use del.icio.us.

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