Yahoo Search: Better Than Google
… at least, that’s been my experience for one batch of searches today.
I had to reinstall Firefox on my PC at work, and in the process I lost my favorite Greasemonkey scripts, Google Butler and Book Burro. I hadn’t bookmarked the pages where you could download them, either. So I hit Google to search for them.
Weirdly, Google’s results for my searches were pretty awful. The first search I did was on the terms “butler greasemonkey“, figuring that would narrow the results enough. What Google returned, however, was a bunch of pages talking about the Google Butler script — the link to the actual script itself was way down the page, nearly at the bottom.
Next, I tried searching on “book burro” and got the exact same thing — several pages talking about the script, with the script itself trailing behind. The first result, in fact, was a page from one of my own blogs praising Book Burro!
Huh? I originally fell in love with Google back when it was at google.stanford.edu because of its uncanny ability not just to find a bunch of sorta related pages, but to find exactly the page I was looking for and put it first on the results list. (That’s why that “I’m Feeling Lucky” button is there.) So this struck me as pretty sloppy.
Since Yahoo! has been pushing hard on interesting search tools lately (like the Y!Q search link I’ve got at the bottom of my posts), I thought I’d run the exact same queries through their engine to see what it came back with. In both cases, Yahoo put the home page for the relevant script at #1 in the result list.
See for yourself:
So I never thought I’d see the day, but here it is — for at least some searches, Yahoo’s results are better than Google’s. Ain’t competition grand?
(Full disclosure: Earlier this year I was a beta tester of the Y!Q search service. I found it interesting and useful enough that when the beta ended I chose to keep it around on the blog. For participating in the beta and providing feedback on Y!Q, I was paid the kingly sum of $100 by Yahoo. This payment was not contingent on my continuing use of Y!Q, nor did it require me to praise Y!Q or Yahoo in public or private to receive it. I have no other business interest in either Yahoo or Google.)