Google’s Desktop Search is out (beta). It seems pretty interesting, but I’ve got a few complaints and grevences so far:
- No Firefox and Thunderbird Support. They know this. Let them know you want it (perhaps that would be a good SFX campaign).
- It looks like they prevent you from distributing a Google Search Plugin for Firefox. Look how the URL itself is structured:
http://127.0.0.1:4664/search&s=1850695040?q=foobar&ie=UTF-8&btnG=Search+DesktopSee, the s parameter. Thanks google.
- No ability to exempt certain directories on your hard drive from being indexed. So it’s all or nothing.
- No ability to delete certain items from the index. Say I have a conversation over AIM I don’t want indexed for privacy/security issues, that’s not to say I don’t want any of them indexed.
Among the many other things.
Yea, it’s a preview. I like the idea, but google’s got a lot of refining to do if they want to convince me it’s worth it. To me, I see lots of room for improvement.