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November 12, 2004

MSN Search

So I fired up MSN Search to do a little navel gazing, looking for "Adam Barr" and "Find the Bug" together. First it asks me if I want to search to "Adam Barr" and "Find the Big" instead. Gee, I really don't, especially since if I search for that, I get zero results. I find the "Did you mean to search for...?" part of Google one of the most impressive things, because it is usually right. But it's pretty silly of MSN to suggest a search that returns a big goose egg. I did report this during one of the tech previews, but no change so far. I'll keep reporting it. Maybe the developer it gets assigned to will get curious and buy the book.

Anyway once I ignore its advice, MSN Search returns 570 hits, with the book's website first. Google finds 1700 sites but puts the book's site on page 2, and this site first. I guess this is just differences in ranking algorithms; this site certainly mentions Find the Bug, and is linked to by more sites than the book's site. But in this case MSN Search is doing better.

Moving on to more important things, I first verify a tipster report that searching for anal sex on MSN Search does indeed return Microsoft's homepage #1 and Rick Santorum's homepage #9 (Google returns neither on the first page). Meanwhile searching for "crack smoking" president on MSN gives a couple of Bush hits on the first page, while Google gives results a bit more to the right, politically (naturally they both return Marion Barry references at #1).

And of course, searching for "Dick Cheney" penis on MSN image search returns absolutely no images whatsoever of our Vice President's Wyoming-sized WMD. Google also draws a blank. Dang it! What good is an image search if you can't satisfy your infantile desire to see "Donkey" Dick Cheney in his finest hour?

Posted by AdamBa at November 12, 2004 10:51 PM

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I could be wrong, but I am almost sure that I have seen Google suggest a word change that also gives zero results.

Posted by: Diego at November 13, 2004 03:31 PM

Good news! The picture of Dick Cheney's dick can be found here:



Posted by: Penn at November 14, 2004 12:25 AM