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Old 02-16-05, 05:13 PM
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cnn's website search question

why does it default to searching the web?
am I crazy in thinking the option to search cnn should be the default?
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I have always thought that was strange, myself.
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It says "Powered by Yahoo" search. It was probably a concession to Yahoo! to the get the code.

Also, it helps to create a "portal" of the page, because some people could set CNN as a start page and then just search the web right away.
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but google basically gives those search banners away for free, actually I think they do give them out for free, so they shouldn't have to make concessions when google is just as good if not better than yahoo and would be free
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Well, the concession is probably not a correct hypothesis.

But, I think my point about the portal is most likely the reason.
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I'll agree the portal idea could work. I didn't think of that since I always use about:blank or the third party browser equivalent

and I'm not finding anything on google for adding the search banner thing. I'm sure they used to give it out for free as I see it on tons of free sites that have no income stream
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I didn't think about it either initially, since I set this site as my start and just use the GoogleBar plugin.

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think I found the google thing and it looks to still be free
http://services.google.com/cobrand/free_select
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That's interesting, but that just uses a default search from Google. Not an intra-site (if that's even a term) search. I've done some work with the PA Government and investigated using a Google search for all the state sites (the current search is awful). And it is EXPENSIVE and requires extra servers to be installed on-site.
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Originally Posted by Brain Stew
That's interesting, but that just uses a default search from Google. Not an intra-site (if that's even a term) search. I've done some work with the PA Government and investigated using a Google search for all the state sites (the current search is awful). And it is EXPENSIVE and requires extra servers to be installed on-site.
I realized that after I posted it, but I then found the one that should be correct for what I was thinking of. but I'm not sure it would be free for something like cnn to use
although they could always write their own search for their site too
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That's true, but why reinvent the wheel?

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