I’m a little late in shouting about it, but our new search engine has now emerged from public beta.
Why did we invest in a new search engine? Well, we’ve got a big public archive (every article published since 1999), we hadn’t updated our search engine since 1999, and, frankly, we thought we could do a better job on our own stuff than Google or Yahoo can. We know when things were published, we know where they came from and, crucially, we know where they sit in our content hierarchy. Google and Yahoo can only guess at all that stuff.
So now there’s a new browseable function, allowing people to drill down their results to see them by site, section and sub-section, as well as date and original publication source (think eBay for news).
The software behind it is from Endeca. We’re very happy with it, and will be embedding it even further into the site in the coming months. For now, we’re just happy to be proudly wagging our very long tail….
UPDATE: I really can’t believe that I misspelled “permanence” in the title of this post when I first posted it. Sheesh.