How we’re doing

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As you can imagine it’s been busy here. In the 2 days, we’ve served millions of page views and queries, rolled out a couple of system updates (note the improved performance) and yet I was still able to go see The Incredibles last night (it was great!). We’ve had over 1000 pieces of feedback sent to us, in addition to what we’ve seen in WebmasterWorld, the Search Engine Watch Forums,…

Inside Near Me Search

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Several people have asked how the system performs a “Near Me” search for food bank near Seattle, WA so I thought it would be a good idea to explain how this is done here on the blog. As web pages are rolled into the index, the code looks for strings of text that are location references.  In particular, text that is formatted as an address is given a high degree of…

MSN Bombs & Rumors

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As you would imagine, the launch of a new MSN Search Beta brought lots of conspiracy theories out into the open, and between the alleged flights of black helicopters, I thought I would give you guys some of the facts. We have the first set of reported MSN Bombs on our Beta. If you search for ‘more evil than satan’  the first result is Google. If you type in ‘evil…