Search is Broken?

Attended Jimmy Wales talk on Wikia search today at OSCON.

One of his slides stated:

“Search is part of the fundamental infrastructure of the Internet. And, it is currently broken.”

I think there is a lot to worry about with Google – concentration of data, hidden algorithms, etc., and I understand the free culture political incentives for building an open and transparent search engine; but I think Wales will be hard pressed at this point to get the average search user to agree with the assertion that search is broken. On the contrary, it seems to me that it is better than it has ever been. Will the audience care?

Btw, the grub project’s use of latent cycles and bandwidth to do crawling seems really cool.

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