Search keywords – revelations from AOL

After widely known AOL’s mishap, when certain search logs got available to public, the data spread around like crazy. Ofcourse we’ve got a sample for our internal use. Analysis had revealed the following:

– most people need another search system to find Google, Yahoo or MSN. Apparently somebody out there is actively working on a search system to find AOL.

eBay seems to be second most popular search term (after Google, ofcourse). Nobody knows where it is, but we know it’s out there somewhere!

– People hooked on AOL really need to get a grasp on reality and stop searching for ‘internet‘ on AOL. It’s out there, really! AOL is a part of it, not the other way around.

– a lot of people are looking for weather. Open the damn window, it’s closer then you, nerds, think!

MySpace is another major search term (number of terms, actually). Really, Microsoft should make it much easier to remember to attract more people.

– surprisingly enough another hit term is “bank of america“. Why? Why? Why don’t people look for “free money” or “free lunch” is beyond comprehension.

– it’s amazing how some search terms are aligned. Sorted by frequency descending here’s the list further down:

  • white pages
  • maps
  • porn
  • sex

Obviously – not all make it to the finish line… poor people. Next sequence is even more dramatic. Just look:

  • games
  • irs
  • orbitz

I’ve heard that because of recent events the tickets to Mexico are really cheap.

That’ll be all for today, thanks, you’ve been great!

Yours truly, Zealus.com

What the brown can do for you

Before my planned leave to Ukraine I have ordered several items from eBay (couple of laptops, PDA, quad-band cell phone, accessories, etc.). Everything, except for laptops was to be delivered by UPS. And almost every delivery got messed up. Notes for packages got switched with one another. Packages were delayed. Packages were not delivered on promised time. 24 hour customer service several times in the row condirmed that thay cannot clearly communicate with local station that is responsible for delivery. Local station has no control (and no way to communicate to) delivery trucks. Delivery truck drivers lack English language skills. Overall – each delivery was major hassle, a lot bigger then finding proper item, winning an auction and getting the stuff mailed as soon as possible by contacting seller directly.

For some magic reason carriers like FedEx, DHL and USPS never had any problems finding my location. UPS, on the other hand, hires drivers who never attended English reading classes, so they perceive 1 street and 1 floor as randomly interchangeable entities, have no idea what “Leave with neighbour” means and, apparently, lack general intelligence.

Order something. Ship it through UPS. See what the brown can do to you.

Windows Live Writer

Turns out the whole idea of having a desktop app to manage and post to blogs surely wasn’t a bad one. Microsoft had managed to come up with a tool that is compatible not only with their own MSN Spaces, but with LiveJournal, WordPress, MovableType and even Blogger (this post, if successfull would mean it works).

Nice WordPad-like interface, posting pictures and maps – sounds like a solid competitor to Semagic. At least to me 🙂