Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Tuesday, March 8 Lab

Tuesday, March 8 Lab


  1. Out of all the sites, I preferred the first one, Mooter. I preferred this one as it seemed the easiest to search for information. It was simple when you first entered the site, and presented a ‘spider-diagram’ design where you could choose the best search names that would provide you with the most results. Sometimes the Mooter would even provide better search names then I would come up with. For example, instead of just searching for semantic web, it provided other names and categories, such as just ‘semantic’, which interested me because I wanted to see what different search results it could provide. Basically it is simply designed and provides a diagram of themes where the user can click on.

  1. I least liked the Stamen site, because I found it very complicated to use. When I first entered the site, I was very confused as to how to search for information on the site. There were too many names, and dates and the visually colored chart at the background that moved around really confused me. However, I am aware that once I start using the site and really understand how to use it, it would become a more preferable site that I would probably use to search more.

3. The Open directory has a few more advantages then the Google site. For one thing, it pre-groups it into categories, e.g. the Semantic Web. This allows clearer organization for others to choose which specific categories would suit what they’re searching for the most. It also powers the core directory services for the Web's largest and most popular search engines, comprising of Netscape Search, AOL Search, Google, Lycos, HotBot, DirectHit, and others. However, because it is pre-grouped and the most relevant sites appear first, sometimes it may eliminate sites that they may find relevant, even though it may be extremely relevant to the user. Another advantage is that people may become editors themselves on the Open Directory, allowing more freedom of speech and less limited content. However, one disadvantage is probably that you cannot directly search images like you can on google.


Abby Lai

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