The Week in Review

Searching for Olympic Gold
SearchDay #199, Feb. 7, 2002
World-class online information resources offer everything from up to the minute news and stats on the 2002 Winter Olympics to extensive histories of the games.

A Pre-Web Search Engine, Gopher Turns Ten
SearchDay #198, Feb. 6, 2002
Before the web became synonymous with cyberspace, Gopher was arguably the most popular Internet search engine, and despite rumors to the contrary, it's alive and "digging."

An Official Fake Scam Web Site
SearchDay #197, Feb. 5, 2002
Borrowing the tactics of stock market con artists, the Securities and Exchange Commission's new fake investment web site has lured thousands of unwitting users who ultimately discover they've been scammed.

Google tlhIngan majQa'! (Google Does Klingon :-)
SearchDay #196, Feb. 4, 2002
Google continues to go where no search engine has gone before, adding new interface languages including the warriors' tongue, Klingon.

Elsewhere at

In Search Engine Arms Race, Google Raises User Experience Bar
It's been the mantra since the advent of the Internet, but some people still don't get it. Interactive marketing is all about user choice, and companies that respect that will be successful.

Making Your Pages Easy for Search Engines to Index
Achieving high rankings for Web sites on search engines has become a black art. Cloaks, repetitive chanting, hidden rubrics, squeaky doorways and voracious spiders all play their part. But there is an alternative approach.

Information Design Using Card Sorting
The difficulty in organizing content stems from a lack of knowledge about how real users make use of this information. Without this, any exercise in information design is a purely theoretical one. A card sorting session can go a long way towards resolving this problem.

Ask Jeeves Betters Q4, Takes Back Jeeves UK,2198,3531_970621,00.html
The question and answer search engine posts a loss but beats Wall Street by a mile and looks to a rebound in 2002.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Online portals news
Yahoo Auctions Considers Free Listing Day Very Successful... Feb 8 2002 11:05AM GMT
Domain name news
Versign may lose .tv to Tuvalu... Feb 8 2002 10:29AM GMT
Online search engines news
Ask Jeeves Shares Plummet...
New York Times Feb 8 2002 9:31AM GMT
Online content news
Web Sites Featuring Olympic News...
New York Times Feb 8 2002 9:31AM GMT
Internet: international news
Will BT own the internet by next Tuesday?... Feb 8 2002 8:56AM GMT
Top internet stories
Net access reaches final frontier...
CNN Feb 7 2002 4:11PM GMT
Tech latest
Overture expects to top views despite EarthLink loss...
CNET Feb 7 2002 1:57PM GMT
Online legal issues news
BT goes to court in fight to establish Web surfing patent...
CNET Feb 7 2002 1:57PM GMT
Online portals news
DoCoMo Launches PDA Portal...
BWCS Feb 7 2002 12:57PM GMT
Online search engines news
Ask Jeeves Reports Narrower Loss...
iWon Feb 7 2002 12:56PM GMT
Google Down on Pop-Up Sneaks...
Wired News Feb 7 2002 11:39AM GMT
Online legal issues news
Playmate Checkmates Hefs Mag...
Wired News Feb 7 2002 11:39AM GMT
Online portals news
Govt. portal to get upgrade...
USA Today Feb 7 2002 7:52AM GMT
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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.