Word on the street is that Google is set to enhance their search engine results to consider the meaning of a search query instead of picking solely at specific keywords.

Atomic PC brought this to our attention in their article, “Semantic search on the horizon for Google.” Currently, Google’s PageRank system uses a series of metrics to decide which results should be placed higher up in results, including the number and location of keywords, and the number of incoming links. Critics believe the main weakness of this system is that it’s subject to manipulation by search engine optimization (SEO) techniques.

Since semantic search aims to calculate results the same way a human would, their databases will contain entities in addition to keywords. This advantage is the technology that search services like Siri and Bing already use. It is certainly time for Google to catch up.

Melody K. Smith

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