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Wikia’s search is a piece of crap

When I search for “iMac” on Wikia’s new search, the only Apple result on the first page is number 7.

I’m a big Stargate fan and earlier I was looking for an episode recap or description for “Misbegotten”, an early episode of Atlantis‘ season 3 and I got nothing useful from Wikia Search, though I got excellent results (the exact site I was looking for, in fact) from Google and Yahoo! Even Live Search or whatever from Microsoft gave me usable results.

I, apparently, am not the only one who’s not impressed:

In trying out the service, BusinessWeek.com put Wikia Search through a history test and the engine did not score well. In response to a query for “Abraham Lincoln,” three of the top four search results provided links to elementary and high schools bearing Lincoln’s name. Amusingly, Google’s results for the same query led off with Wikipedia’s entry about the former President—absent in Wikia’s own results—followed by a string of biographical articles that one might expect. By contrast, such entries were buried deep within Wikia’s results. #

Maybe in two or three years it’ll be something worth checking out again.

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 1:46 am

Posted in Internet, Software

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