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First Monday: The Effects of September 11 on the Leading Search Engine

Some of our readers may already have noticed that Google (last mentioned in the July 20, 2001 Scout Report) is sporting a new look these days. Running along the top of the search page are now four tabs: Web, Images, Groups (newsgroups), and Directory (Open Directory's human-selected listings) that enable users to see different sets of search results. We reported on the Beta version of Google's image search engine in the June 29, 2001 Scout Report and find its results quite good. This article from First Monday reveals the ways that people used Google (and other search engines) to find information after the September 11 attacks. Perhaps most notably, the top ten search terms for the week do not include any of the usual sex-related suspects but instead are comprised of "CNN," "World Trade Center," "BBC," etc.
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Alternate Title FirstMonday: The Effects of September 11 on the Leading Search Engine
Date Issued 2001
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Date of Scout Publication 2001-10-12
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