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Friday, May 27, 2005

 
The Ask Jeeves Blog has details of a new feature called Zoom. Basically it allows users to type in a term and then narrow or expand the search (zoom in or zoom out). The example they give which shows it quite neatly is Beatles. I tried a few terms of my own; Arthrogryposis (a medical condition) and it gave lots of suggestions for narrowing the search, but none for widening, country search engines and it could only suggest narrowing to country music search engines, again with no widening. Confederate brought up options to expand/narrow and also gave me some 'Related names', which was quite neat. So I think it's got a way to go before it's an excellent tool, but it's already in the 'very good' category, and worth trying out.
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