A Search Engine Lollapalooza

Charlie Munger, partner of legendary investor Warren Buffett, is fond of the word "lollapalooza" to describe knowledge, strategies or tactics that lead to outsize or even phenomenal investment returns. In our world of web search, it is possible to get lollapalooza effects if you know what you're doing -- and super searcher Gary Price has written a guide that shows you how.

"Web Search Engine FAQs: Questions, Answers, and Issues" is the cover story of the October 2001 issue of Searcher Magazine. It's a wide ranging look at the state of web search today, covering all of the major search engines and directories, as well as alternative specialized search engines and directories.

For those of you who have heard Gary speak, the format is similar to his presentations. Each section of the article features a "What should the searcher do?" conclusion, loaded with practical tips, tools and techniques.

Gary is well known for his compilations of lists, especially "top ten" lists, and this article also features his "top ten things to know about" each of the major web search services.

The article is online, but if you're not familiar with Searcher Magazine you should consider subscribing. It's on my list of "must read" publications to keep up with the constantly changing world of finding information on the web.

Web Search Engine FAQs: Questions, Answers, and Issues

Searcher Magazine - Contents and Subscription Info

Price's List of Lists
The Internet contains numerous lists of information. Many of these lists present information in the form of rankings of different people, organizations, companies, etc. This collection is designed to be a clearinghouse for these types of resources.

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.

AOL using bugs, cookies to help target ads...
Chicago Tribune Oct 8 2001 11:53AM GMT
Afghanistan, on 50 Websites a Day...
Wired News Oct 8 2001 11:04AM GMT
Industry outlook nothing to Yahoo about...
ZDNet Oct 8 2001 8:34AM GMT
Internet hums after Afghanistan strikes...
ZDNet Oct 8 2001 8:34AM GMT
A Look at Hidden Websites...
Business 2.0 Oct 8 2001 7:43AM GMT
Cybersquatters nab trademarks as new dot.info domain goes live...
Sydney Morning Herald Oct 8 2001 12:18AM GMT
FBI searches the Web for terrorist tracks...
ninemsn Oct 7 2001 2:22PM GMT
EU to ban spam...
Europemedia.net Oct 5 2001 9:28PM GMT
Should you write different copy for each search engine?...
Rank Write Oct 5 2001 8:42PM GMT
Five years ago: Netscape plugs in to Shockwave...
ZDNet Oct 5 2001 7:28AM 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 About.com's Web Search Guide.