edit: maybe I'm misrembering the details a bit. From http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/17770.htm -
"Yah, it was a pretty interesting segment. Sergey talked about idempotence. :) The host (terry gross?) wondered why when you go to www.google.com and type in google and hit I'm Feeling Lucky, it went back to the main google page. Larry called it recursion. I could just imagine NPR listeners' heads shaking all across America. :)"
Even worse, "idempotence idempotence idempotence" doesn't produce exactly the same result in Google as "idempotence".
List > (i am feeling lucky) = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisp_%28programming_language%29
PS: Not everyone enables scripts.
As soon as I type a letter, the "lucky" button vanishes.
That behavior alone, which for some reason nobody else replicates as a feature of their browser, kept me using FF for years longer than I would have otherwise. The FF address bar is still best in class in my opinion.
Is the button only a decoration now?
P.S. Yes, I really heard his voice only a few months ago for the first time. I never watched any keynotes or anything like that.
Or better yet:
Start browser, search in search box for google.com then go on to search for your website.
My brain just exploded.
But I remember using Altavista for a long time after switching to Google because of Babelfish (translator0 and Image Search (was it Altavista?)
Today I use DuckDuckGo a lot.
He is 29 and does not even have an email address.
It's my experience that people who are not interested in the internet and computers learn just enough to get along and have no curiosity about new sites or techniques.
It's actually a rather smart strategy: Learn just enough to be functional. Be resistant to new information.
I'm like that in the kitchen. :-D
Though I think it was Yahoo or Lycos before that. Webcrawler possible.
Man ... back in the day ....
My introduction to AltaVista was when it was still a DEC project. It was a tour-de-force demo of the first 64-bit Unix (or was it VMS?), which allowed AV to load the entire search index into memory. Its claim to fame was speed, back before relevance mattered (now we're mostly back to speed).
They return the favour perhaps?
Note the epic rise of "google" as a search, and the decline of "search". "Googling" is replacing "searching".
It would be nice if they would prepopulate Bing search box with search query.
That, of course, means they go without linking.
(Gmail is still #1 for "mail" though, probably because of their URL - mail.google.com)
Search result pages are personalized based on your previous searches and location. Simply from the image we can tell where you live (even if it didn't say so explicitly in the left tool bar).
My UK Chrome incognito result has BBC, Wikipedia (World Wide Web), Wikipedia, Facebook and... uhh... Radisson Blu hotels.
Not sure whats up with the "feeling lucky" button as if you type something to the input box, it redirects you straight to the live search. You cannot really specify what do you want feel lucky about ;)
I wonder if this reflects the relative popularity of the alternative search engines in different countries. Google's search ranking algorithms hold many mysteries.
For those interested, but not interested enough to visit the AU site the results are:
Basically a bunch of search engines, a couple of job sites and a couple of sites with search in their name.
Bing's first result is Yahoo.
Yahoo's first result is Yahoo. Way to break the cycle.