This week, Findory took our first step toward true personalized web search. In subtle and small ways, we are starting to modify web search results based on your history at Findory.com.
To see the impact, do a web search at Findory, then click on one or two of the search results, then do another search for something fairly similar. In cases where we believe we can help, we'll modify and highlight some of the search results.
Here's a couple specific examples:
- Search for "Yahoo".
Click on the top link for Yahoo.com.
Search for "Dilbert".
The Dilbert page at Google a few results down will be highlighted and modestly reranked.
- Search for "Incredibles"
Click on the IMDB link (fourth down).
Search for "Nemo".
The IMDB page on Finding Nemo will be highlighted and popped up to the top slot.
As small as this step may be, we believe it is a first for a commercial web search engine. Many are talking about personalized search, but no one is doing it. Our personalized web search learns from your behavior, modifies your search results, and helps you find what you need.
Update: It took many months, but a new version of Findory personalized web search has launched that makes more substantial changes in the relevance rank.