Entropy, search results and finding answers

I’ve just been reading an interview with Colly Myers of British-based AQA in the Register. He argues that Google and other generic search engines are beginning to suffer from entropy – the system is too big and polluted by ever-increasing junk links. And Wikipedia with its, um, unique take on research.How Google gained from MySpace's downtime

Instead, services like AQA provide properly researched answers (at £1 a shot), and actually pay the people who do the research. Alternatively, the users who have grown up with the web are turning to their own communities for answers – currently MySpace or YouTube: as can be demonstrated by a spike in Google traffic when MySpace went down recently

Implications? I would guess the Semantic Web would suffer from the same problem.

Also, it seems likely that topic and portal-oriented search engines like the InQuira system I talked about earlier will come into their own, because they have been designed to control entropy from the beginning.

About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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