Kurt McKee

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Sayonara, poor search results

Posted 14 May 2007 in history, memory, playlist, search, and winamp

I remember back when it was impossible to find anything on the internet. Why, back then we still capitalized "Internet"! Yessir, Yahoo (no bang) was the best search engine, although Altavista was my preferred search provider for a while there.

Back then, we didn't have "content management systems" like Blogger or Flickr. Data-centric applications?! Psh. We had Geocities, Angelfire, and Tripod, and if you wanted to publish something, you had to create the page yourself and upload it and everything related to it individually. It was a pain, but we made do.

Actually, I take that back. There did exist one application for HTML output of some data: Winamp. Winamp had the ability to generate HTML playlists, and people loved them some Winamp generated playlists something fierce. It became so popular to post long lists of all the songs you'd pirated off of Napster that even Dogpile couldn't find anything useful when searching for "Boyz II Men".

Not that I ever searched for "Boyz II Men". Heavens to Betsy, I would never search for that.

Ultimately, many of the services and vendors that aligned, like stars, to pollute our search results have since faded from popular use. Search engines have also improved, which means that our search results always return what we really want: prescription ED drugs on the cheap.

And no, I don't search for that either.

[HTML]: Hypertext Markup Language [ED]: Erectile Dysfunction