Saturday, January 14, 2006

Tim Bray finally said what I've been meaning to say

Tim Bray had this to say about Google's "intelligent algorithm" in his review of Robert Scoble's Naked Conversations:
Oh, and a quibble. They say: 1988 a couple of Stanford kids came up with Google, which dramatically improved search results by employing intelligent algorithms rather than simple keywords.... Oh, please; all search has been based on dumb algorithms since day one, and so is Google’s; their mojo is based on link-count-based relevance ranking, an idea they were the first to apply, combined with a really user-friendly UI (i.e., less is more) and outstanding operational skills (i.e. it’s fast and reliable).


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