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Time:04:52 pm
So I've never understood this.

Why do websites put a "search the web" searchbox at the top of their page? If I'm on site X and I want to search for something, I want to search on site X, not across the web. If I want to search the whole web, I'll go directly to the search engine. I'm trying to imagine a usage pattern that makes sense for this.... it's not like I'm going to go to sfgate.com when I want to search the web, and when I'm already on SFGate I probably won't remember that the search box is up there.

IMDB used to drive me batshit with this, though I think they've removed it now.
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jnala
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Time:2008-10-14 12:03 am (UTC)
My guess is that it's a hangover from the whole "portal" concept - they want you to use their site as your browser's default start page, and believe that providing a search-the-web box will make you more likely to do so.
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yesthattom
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Time:2008-10-14 12:20 am (UTC)
With google it is a share of the advert revenue if people click on ads instead of the organic search results. Not 8 cents, but different depending on the bid price for the advert.
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abostick59
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Time:2008-10-14 03:42 pm (UTC)
Adsense for Search is why *I* do it.
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