One of the problems search engines face in the coming years with the emergence of new blogs is the date of publishing. Having the most recent news on a particular topic may be a great way to end up wit the best news on what a user searches for; this is a key part of what search engines try to achieve.
There’s nothing more annoying than searching for a topic such as “NBA rumors” only to be given last years NBA rumors instead of any current data on the subject. Unfortunately this still happens today, it happened to me just the other day.
With the way Google operates, a website with the most authority in any particular subject will have the green light to rank ahead of it’s competitors, even if it is last years news. Should we have to be more specific with our searching, or can it be done for us?
When it comes to searching topics that may have this issue, I have come up with a new way of finding my resources – Twitter!
Twitter is a great tool to search for the latest real time data on a subject. With social media playing a role on almost every website these days, most content that gets distributed onto a site also gets distributed on social media sites such as Twitter. If you head to Twitter and type in what you are looking for into the search box, you will be given all of the latest real time data on any given subject. Exactly what people want.
This may also be relevant to the new Facebook searching tool that is currently being rolled out. I haven’t had a chance to test it myself, however, Sharon from C Net does explain that it can also be used for searching the web. With this in mind it is possible Facebook have gone one better and combined the latest real time data distributed from search engines as well as the best content on the subject. I haven’t had a chance to test this theory yet myself, but it is possible.
Are search engines on the decline? Is social media taking over from search engines and becoming the new way to search? I know I use Twitter more and more for searching. Social Media search sites are something to keep an eye on.