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Search is a search is a search...

Back in the olden days I had a whole slew of search engines I would use to find stuff on the interwebs, some engines were better than others, some were slanted in areas, science, images, etc. These days I just use Google and it seems to do me pretty well. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Why won't Google show me a URL for an image search?

When I do a search in Google (in every browser on my Mountain Lion Mac), in the URL field there is the URL for the google search. Of course. If I click on "images," instead of a URL showing, I now just get the search response (ie, searching for "what the hell", instead of showing 'https://google.com/search+whateverblahblahblah' it just shows "what the hell" in the URL field. This is new since yesterday! Any ideas to reset it? Thanks.
posted by betsbillabong on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Why does a search for () return 0 results?

From the search engines perspective what is happening. Most Engines return 0 results for the search, (). Does it think I am asking for something between the two, ( and )? There are 100's of millions of results for ( or ) but 0 for () or )(. What gives? T(om )Hanks!
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Mar 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Best way to put a small library database online?

I am responsible for a library of about 1200 books, which I've cataloged in a database. I'd like to put the database on our website so that readers can search for a book without having to visit the library. I have experience with Python and to a lesser extent, MySQL. What is the best way to create a searchable database online using these tools or something else that's relatively easy to learn?
posted by stinker on Mar 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Standalone Search Software: Does it exist?

I need software that will search multiple locations (University library, Google, WorldCat, etc.) using different queries of citations loaded from a text file. Does this exist?
posted by PHINC on Feb 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Will hyphens impact SEO if I bridge two words together as one?

So it looks like hyphens in domain names do mean lower positing in Google’s SERP but does this mean the same for keywords? For example, my site contains the word 'multi media' but I would like to change that to 'multimedia' on every occurance. Is this ok? Will it impact my SEO?
posted by bostonhill on Nov 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me find a graph I've lost!

I've been doing research involving the treatment of musicians under repressive regimes. A while back I found a graph that had a list of countries, and for each country listed the number of musicians killed, tortured, abducted, assaulted etc. in a certain period of time. But I've lost this graph!! Can you help me relocate it? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Dec 2, 2013 - 2 answers

my google-fu sucks: wat do?

I'm always impressed lurking around here by the expertise of folks when it comes to finding sources/answers. Obviously, there are a lot of librarians and information specialists whose jobs involve research, but still it's clear many of you are much better than me when it comes to using google. So, how can I better? What google search strategies do you use? What resources would you all recommend? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Jul 8, 2013 - 21 answers

What is the Google Search of other countries?

What are the best non-English or non-U.S. search engines? Google is the leader in the U.S., but Russian users prefer Yandex from what I understand, and Baidu is the top choice in China. What other search engines prevail in other countries or locales? [more inside]
posted by Nameless on Oct 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Does [Insert name here] write book blurbs? If so, for which books?

Is there a book blurb search engine, or something that will let me see if someone has ever written a book blurb, and what it was? (Or some clever way of googling Amazon's Editorial Reviews sections) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find a Google Desktop replacement

Please recommend for me a new search tool to replace Google Desktop. Ideally I want something that searches the full text of all files, that covers everything on my hard drive plus Google Docs. I want it to be fast, offer results in context, and have a simple interface that offers 'sort by relevance' and 'sort by date.' I use Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Mar 19, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I get the old Google search results back?

So, it would appear that Google have changed their search algorithms. Using search queries that would have previously returned hundreds of results I am getting a handful of results which are mostly irrelevant / gibberish. Any ideas how I can go back to the "old" Google? Thanks!
posted by FuckingAwesome on Mar 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Random searches for misdirection

Please help me find .... it was a program or maybe a FireFox add-in that constantly submitted random search-engine searches - the idea being to prevent google/bing/whoever from building any kind of meaningful profile of the user. Thanks
posted by Xhris on Jan 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Hello Again

How do you go about finding old friends online when they have super-common names? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Sep 13, 2011 - 16 answers

How to prevent companies from snooping into my web searches?

Soo...I was doing a search on buses that run to Vegas and the next day, I get email from a couple of Groupon style websites I subscribe to toting their discounts on Vegas bus rides. Note that I did not enter my email address anywhere during my previous search. Coincidence? I think not. How did they make the connection and how can I prevent this type of internet sleuthing by companies?
posted by tastycracker on Jul 15, 2011 - 9 answers

Where to Find Bob Dylan Instrumentals?

Where could I find an instrumental of Bob Dylan's "The Times They are a Changin' " that is pulled from the actual song, rather than a karaoke facsimile? [more inside]
posted by Wanderboy on May 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Internet search engines that use boolean search?

Are there high quality internet search engines that recognize boolean rather than a natural language search queries? [more inside]
posted by dredge on Apr 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Bring me my news! Very customized!

How do I create an RSS feed to filter news items based on about 300 keywords? [more inside]
posted by adverb on Feb 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find a place to live

How to find a place to rent in London (residential)? And what should I know/look out for? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jan 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Big Product, Big Decision

Vanity URL—link to subfolder of brand site, or stand-alone "vanity" site? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Sep 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Broaden my horizons, one search at a time...

Spare 5 minutes. What do I type into Google to learn or laugh?
posted by SueDenim on Aug 31, 2010 - 14 answers

To the (regexpmobile|globmobile) Robin!

Can I use shell style globs or something like regexp to search for online content? [more inside]
posted by idiopath on Sep 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Job Searching Websites

I know there are a bunch of job search websites out there like Career Builder, Monster and Indeed and all that other crap. I was just wondering if there are any other good ones out there that may have popped up recently that may not be as well known as the usual sites.
posted by zzazazz on Apr 20, 2009 - 13 answers

Help finding "earth" business address for website.

I have the web address, but can find no "earth" address for a website which I would like to contact by snail mail. Is there a way online (hopefully free) to find the actual business address for a website?
posted by SociologistTina on Jan 20, 2009 - 7 answers

I have Amex and I'm not afraid to use it.

Is there a comprehensive shopping search engine? Ideally, it would search all shopping sites (including small vendors), ebay and craigslist. The prices would be regularly updated and sortable. I'd love an estimate of shipping costs, but that's optional.
posted by 26.2 on Dec 17, 2008 - 4 answers

How do people on the Blue do it?

How do people find new and interesting links on the Web? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 4, 2008 - 11 answers

HELP!! Need to find a website.

HELP ME FIND A WEBSITE??!?! I know his name, how can i find out what domains are registered to his name. [more inside]
posted by ss448 on Jul 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Looking for a random picture from the interwebs....

Does anybody know where I can find a full picture of the guy in this image? I don't remember much else about the image that would be helpful, only that he is standing facing the camera and I think he is wearing a black suit and tie. This picture is part of a running gag I had with an old friend and would love to find it again. Help me, Green!
posted by jtfowl0 on May 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Where does autofill come from?

Firefox Filter: Is there any way to view the autofill lists outside of Firefox? [more inside]
posted by M Edward on Feb 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Odd drug-related search queries showing up in my site referrer logs.

GeekFilter: My web site/blog is suddenly showing very odd searches in the referrer logs, all for prescription drugs. [more inside]
posted by micawber on Jan 3, 2008 - 2 answers

What's up with Yahoo?

What's up with Yahoo! Am I alone or are there problems? [more inside]
posted by bach on Dec 14, 2007 - 13 answers

Search engine uses old meta description

Why does my site keep showing up on search engines with out of date met descriptions and keywords? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Nov 30, 2007 - 7 answers

[Online Search Filter] A more prescient Google?

Is there a search engine with which I can search among the source code of websites? [more inside]
posted by gbinal on Nov 12, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I make Google search only the UK?

Is there a way of making google.co.uk default to searching for "pages from the UK" instead of "the web" in Internet Explorer? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Oct 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Can you recommend a forum for Search Engine Optimization?

Can you recommend a forum on Search Engine Optimization? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Apr 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Where can I find bpm databases?

On the prowl for online databases that list BPMs of popular music. [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Mar 14, 2007 - 5 answers

Where can I find internet search behavior statistics

Where can I find statistics on search behaviors of internet users? For example, how many searches are done each day on average? how many searches are done each day? what percentage of users searches on Google? how often does a search converts to a sale? etc.
posted by herbiehancock00 on Nov 30, 2006 - 3 answers

Firefox quick search for multiple sites with one input

How can I use Firefox quick searches for multiple sites with one input? [more inside]
posted by coolin86 on Aug 9, 2006 - 6 answers

Is there a programme to allow me to find redundant, non-linked files on my server?

Is there a programme, or way, to allow me to find 'redundant' files on my server: i.e. files that are not linked to from any other page? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Mar 3, 2006 - 10 answers

Gullible is not in the dictionary

I'm using FireFox 1.07 for Windows XP. Previously, when I typed "dict [word]" into the address bar, FireFox would take me to the dictionary.com definition for [word]. Now typing in the same command just takes me to the first result of a Google search for "dict [word]," the same as if I typed anything into the address bar. Recently all my Firefox bookmarks disappeared as well. I haven't updated Firefox or changed anything that I know of. What happened, and how do I restore the old functionality?
posted by ludwig_van on Nov 29, 2005 - 10 answers

Why does my Google PageRank = 0?

Why does my website have a zero PageRank when its traffic and search placement would suggest otherwise -- at least an actual number? [more inside]
posted by jruckman on Nov 8, 2005 - 21 answers

Server Log Mystery

I check my server logs pretty frequently, and am always pleased by the variety of visitors my site gets. I particularly love trying to suss out who's reading the site at any given moment by deconstructing their IP address and/or machine identity. (Ex-coworkers, ex-bosses and ex-girlfriends always especially amuse me.)

One thing I don't love: a machine called "tide70.microsoft.com" is literally "viewing" my site close to 100% of the time - like, whenever I check, it's on. Sometimes it's joined by up to thirty other "tide*" machines, but tide70 is always there. I have my ideas and suspicions, but can anyone confirm for me what the tide series is up to?
posted by adamgreenfield on Feb 27, 2004 - 14 answers

Recommendations for a good music lyrics search engine?

Recommendations for a good music lyrics search engine? [more inside]
posted by jca on Jan 14, 2004 - 11 answers

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