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Trial and Error

Searching for Joss

September 18, 2006 1:34 PM

So a blast from the past comes back: Lycos incorporated video search technology from the well-regarded Blinkx into its Web site late last month (http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=10636) to help its 25 million monthly visitors sort through the 5 million hours of video content on the site.

To check out the service, I figured I’d go with an easy entry—a singer. That would give the site the opportunity to spit back some music videos, maybe even interviews. I enter “Joss Stone” in the main Lycos search bar and get a page of “regular” results. I remind myself I have to tell the site that I want video specifically. So I go back to the home page and click on the images and video tab in the search bar so the site knows to fetch video results for the 19-year-old British singer.

The first result is a video clip profiling FHM’s sexiest woman of the year, Keira Knightley. Next up is a little piece on how Mischa Barton also earned some hot moniker in the lad’s magazine and, oh, by the way, Ms. Stone was somewhere on the list. The third video clip in the results actually features the soul-style singer rehearsing for the Grammys. The fourth pick from Lycos featured singer Frankie J. performing a cover of Extreme’s “More Than Words,” but no mention of Ms. Stone.

No. 5 promoted itself as a Yahoo! Music exclusive interview with the pop star, but the Yahoo page was experiencing technical difficulties when I clicked through.


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