New ego search in town

Russell Beatie digs the new Yahoo! search:

So, Diego just pointed out the new Yahoo Search which has finally dumped Google. I just tried it and it's pretty great. I passes what I call "The Russell Test". Simply, if I type my first name in to the search, I can find myself in the first few results. The other pretenders to the search throne like Teoma still don't pass it. It's obviously a very biased test, but why would I use a search that can't find me?

Well, well, well. It passes The François 1er Test™ too, which Google now fails after a brief moment of fame(*).

Should I switch then?

I think I'm going to have a closer look at the search engine tab in our web statistics.

(*) actually it's logical. I reached the first spot at a moment where most links to this site where using my first name. My branding efforts ;-), such as always signing padawan in the comments I leave outside of this weblog, have finally paid. Yours truly is parading strongly on both Google and Yahoo!. There are tons of François who deserve the first page on those search engines. Here is one of them.


Let's see. If you search on my first name using Yahoo, 13 of the first 20 results are actually about me, including the first spot.

Now that's squatting ;-).

But with your first name not as common as mine, it's easier, isn't it?

Yes, I imagine, but my name is also used by scores of people because it's the name of a character in the very popular fantasy series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I can't tell you how many places I can't use my name online because some kid thought it was cool. It is also, I now find out, a French last name (or so it seems). Certainly though, François is much more used than Damelon.

Mmh, if I ever need a fake name in a next life, I might fall for François Damelon. How cool is that?

Yahooooo!, second for a search 'Sophie', ahead of Sophie Ellis Bextor and Sophie Marceau.

Screenshot while this lasts :)

My Yahoo search for 'Gummi' gives me a hit in the top five (for my old site), but the first site is for rubber fetish stuff -- I suppose one cannot compete with brazen sex, there's a lesson here somewhere. Google doesn't improve on it too much.

I searched both engines with my full name for the first time. It gives me the whole front page in Google and a mixed bag in Yahoo, all of it work related stuff. Hey, maybe Google ain't so bad after all.

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