Blind Taste Test the Search Engines

Internet Outsider: Real-Time Relevance Assessment Tool Henry Blodget links to the “search engine experiment,” an interesting little game to play to see whose search results you like best. Basically you put in any term and it gives you back the top three results blind from Yahoo!, Google and MSN. Then you can choose which one you think has the greatest relevency and find out who it is.

I thought for sure Google would win every time, but in my case Google and Yahoo! were pretty close. It would be nice to see the results beyond three though as I think you’d get a better sense of the first page relevency with say 10 results or so.

I’d love to see this done for Google Image, Yahoo! Images and Flickr Images ranked by interestingness. I think you’d get a clear winner in that case.