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The Perfect Search Engine Interface

July 16th, 2004 by Kevin Cheng :: 19 Comments

Last week, a friend of mine reminisced about how he could not access Google from his home due to some ISP issues. He could reach anywhere else - Yahoo or MSN, for example - but not Google. He likened it to losing your glasses and even went so far as to say that the internet is useless without Google. Rather than using other search engines, he simply felt helpless. Obviously, Google’s technology has solidified them as the leader of search engines but Google has also been applauded for its minimalist design. Some sites, such as Alta Vista, followed suit with similar interfaces yet others seemed to move into more feature laden and complex interfaces. This diversity begs the question: what is the perfect search engine interface?

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