Is it just me or is the reputation of search on public search engines now getting the same reputation as internal applications? Saw an item on the BBC site on Friday. Searched for it last night and it doesn’t appear anywhere. Also found the search on Youtube and Google is letting me down more and more. I know it’s out there but just can’t find it.
Maybe part of the problem is I’m far more aware of what content exists externally and far more demanding of the search engine to present it to me. The same issue as internal search applications I suspect.
Maybe the answer is the same. Content will be found if it wants to be found – i.e. there is some monetary value to the publisher that this is found and resource/budget is invested accordingly. Any of the collaboration or networking sites just have to accept the same fate as many intranet sites that have little or no resource for search.