Nov 14

New Release Candidate, New Search and How to Use It

Category: Search, Second Life Clients, Second Life Viewer by Stone Culdesac

In a blaze of posts over on the Second Life blog, Linden Labs has announced a new release candidate, 1.18.5, which includes a new search, the topics covered in the next two blog posts. They have talked about the new search previously, they are going to use some Google appliances for the search, so, right there it should tell you it will be better than it was before, I guess how much better will depend on how it is setup. In addition to the new search, the release candidate includes these bug fixes:

Bug fixes include:

VWR-2959: Windows (Visual Studio) solution file refers to a non-existing project “build_all”
Korean text display broken on Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5)
VWR-2030: Avatar only turns half-way in Appearance Mode
VWR-2803: Lag Meter network ping metric doesn’t account for residents outside the USA
VWR-2834: Builds fail on 1.18.4.0 with no mozlib Source: New Viewer: 1.18.5 Release Candidate Available Today!

The new search certainly looks different, looks like they are featuring eight spots when you first click on search, not sure if they are paid spots or not.

Search initial box

The second article they posted tonight about the new release is about the new search and contains all kinds of good information on it, the posting of a new search FAQ, some clips from an upcoming podcast about it, here and here and it talks about how it also uses the new wiki in the search, which, btw, when you click the search results in the wiki, it loads the webpage inside the SL viewer instead of an external web browser like before.

The points below highlight the key things you should know about the new Search:

The new search is additive to the current search
The new search returns information about land, profiles, groups, wiki documents, events, classifieds, and some individual objects
You have the ability to choose what you want to include in search
Classifieds are returned both within and next to the search results
Using the New Search
There is a new “All” tab in the Search window, but the rest of the tabs, including the All (old) tab with the current All search functionality, are still included and functional. Using the new All tab, it’ll be easier to find relevant results when you’re searching for land parcels, Resident profiles, groups, classifieds, events, and individual objects marked for inclusion that are present on public parcels. In order to try out the new search, you will need to download the latest Release Candidate. Once you have installed this new version, you will notice that there is an additional tab added to Search that looks different than the current version. This is the new Search All tab! Source: New Search with Today’s Release Candidate

Torley has posted his latest tip as well and guess what, it’s about the new search as well.

One of the aspects I love most about working at Linden Lab is creating friendly guides to new features, especially those which you may’ve waited a long time for. Search is both special and expected in this regard, so this Tip of the Week is about how to use the new Search. It includes:

How to get started with the Search bar
How to find people, places, objects on parcels, etc.
Using special Google operators (not all of these apply) to do advanced searches (at long last!)
A couple neat interface improvements: resizable Search window and easier teleporting Source: Tip of the Week #10: How to use the new Search

He’s even included a video how to.

The search is definitely improved, in the old search you could get extra traffic by entering hot search terms, such as when the CSI:NY show was out, lots and lots of search items had those terms included to get some extra traffic. Looks like the initial release of the new search has already helped a lot of that, check out the search results for CSI:NY now.

CSI:NY Search Results

They have also included classifieds beside the new search results, hopefully users will get more bang for their buck now with those. As you can see, the second page results are not near as good, but that could just be because of a lack of enough objects.

Second page results

Here is a shot of the old results.

Old search results

I noticed the lag meter is gone in this release candidate, replaced by a search box.

Lag meter

I can’t find anywhere to turn it back on, yet, so I hope that is still an option as I liked being able to see when it was lagging, as far as downloading my surroundings at least. When using that search, it seems to default to where it was the last time you searched, say you picked search the wiki, the next time you search using the box in the upper right hand corner it searched the wiki, so I hope they can change that to search everything at least.

The people search results are a lot different as well, it brings up a lot more stuff from your profile, your picks, your about section, your picture, and then it includes a link to the full profile, here are a couple examples.

This is Corwin Chevalier.

Corwin Chevalier

And this one came up in the CSI:NY search, Razzi Rocket.

Razzi Rocket

Oh ya, the popular places is still pretty useless.

Popular Places

Popularity: 5%

3 Comments so far

  1. Ann Otoole November 14th, 2007 6:17 pm

    You obviously are not a merchant and obviously have not bothered to read the comments about the new search that is totally screwed, gamed, actually increased the relevance of bogus traffic and is going to have serious ramifications due to the requirement that for every merchant there must be 100 sleekbots and several thousand new dead accounts with picks in order to become observable. Nor do you appear to follow the news as posted elsewhere or you would have seen this new search system being universally condemned in the press except for you. Therefore yopu must be an employee of Linden research or paid by Linden research to provide positive spin on technical and social atrocities committed by Linden research’s staff that lacks any actual business acumen in the world of sl marketing.

    have a nice day.

  2. Stone Culdesac November 14th, 2007 7:01 pm

    You obviously jump to a lot of conclusions.

    I posted this after trying out the candidate and taking some screenshots of the new search. My hosting company upgraded my wordpress to the latest version last night and it hosed my site, it just now came back up, so, yes, I haven’t been following the news on the new search. If you notice the pictures are no longer working, I guess I will have to upload those again.

    You are right, I am not a merchant, no where do I say I am a merchant, and I was posting from a users point of view, as usual, and the search results looked more relevant than the old search. Not quite sure what this statement means, “actually increased the relevance of bogus traffic”, how can you increase the relevance of bogus traffic?

    Sorry if my little quick and dirty review pissed you off, if you would like to review it and send it in, I would be happy to post what you think of it, what the problems are and some suggestions on how to fix it. I could use a merchant’s perspective on this site.

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