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Search Engine Blind Taste Test

Posted: Aug 09, 2009
This morning I came across an Article in the Washington Post about a Blind Search Engine Test. It is a very interesting article about a site (pictured below) that allows you to search for a term and returns the results from Yahoo!, Bing, and Google side-by-side. The trick is that it doesn't tell you which is which and asks you to vote which are the best results.

The site author reports some astounding numbers on the picks. Based on the first 550k searches (not an insignificant number), there is no clear leader on search quality (at least not that matches up with the market share). When results are compared side-by-side, users picked the best results with these totals:

Google: 41%
Bing: 31%
Yahoo: 28%


When I tried it out, there were a few times that I couldn't tell which was better. It was a struggle and I wish I had an "all the same" option. It would be interesting to see how often people couldn't tell the difference instead of having to try to pick one at random. I will admit that with the blind nature of the test, the random choices are probability even distributed so it shouldn't effect the results.

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topspeeds @ Sep 21, 2009

When I tried it out, there were a few times that I couldn't tell which was better. It was a struggle and I wish I had an "all the same" option. It would be interesting to see how often people couldn't tell the difference instead of having to try to pick one at random. I will admit that with the blind nature of the test, the random choices are probability even distributed so it shouldn't effect the results. http://www.methoo.com

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