Feeds

Options dwindle for London baseball mavens

Googlebug du jour

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Baseball fans in London have just ten online destinations to follow their favorite sport, if Google is to be believed. Last week Google offered fourteen. Of course Google finds far more matching results than it reports: 330,000, it tells us. It simply deems 329,993 of them as unfit for browsing, and we can't see them. Why?

Plagued by link farms and blog noise, Google's engineers have resorted to brute force suppression of the search results, in the process, throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

Recently rival search engines with much smaller resources - they index fewer pages - have trumped Google by offering clearer, more useful results. In this example, the word 'watch' triggers the anti-spam filter. (You'd think that a better search term for baseball fans which avoids the noun - Watching baseball London would far better: but it doesn't. Google returns just ten out of 94,400 results.

So is Google's policy of indexing more pages more often better? Or do users simply value a few good results? And what are we missing? ®

Related Stories

Emergency fixes for blog-clogged Google
Google bug blocks thousands of sites
Blog noise achieves Google KO
Blog noise is 'life or death' for Google
Google to fix blog noise problem

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.