Query autocompletions considered harmful

by Djoerd Hiemstra

Search engines suggest completions of partially typed queries to help users speed up their searches, for instance by showing the suggested completions in a drop down box. These query autocompletions enable the user to search faster, searching for long queries with relatively few key strokes. Jakobsson (1986) showed that for... [Read More]
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Searsia Cartoon by Anne Stalinski

The Dutch chapter of ISOC asked the great Anne Stalinksi to make a cartoon of Searsia. Translated to English, the cartoon says: “Searsia allows users to search sources that Google cannot use”. The user enters the query “How to bake a quiche?”, and Searsia not only searches the “Internet”, but... [Read More]
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Searsia nominated for the ISOC NL Innovation Award

We begin the new year with some excellent news. The Dutch chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) nominated Searsia for its 2017 Innovation Award. ISOC Netherlands awards the innovation award to individuals, organisations or initiatives that stimulate the growth of, and knowledge about, the Internet. The award ceremony takes place... [Read More]
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Vietsch Foundation funds Searsia

We are happy and proud to announce that the Vietsch Foundation will support the further development of Searsia. The Vietsch Foundation was founded by Willem Karel Vietsch (1952-2014) through his last will and testament: [Read More]
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