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Search snapshot

The Radioplayer search engine has sparked a lot of interest across the radio industry. We're working with one of the biggest search firms in the business, Autonomy, to develop a search experience that's right for radio.

It takes into account not only the 'editorial relevance' of the search term that's entered, but also a sense of 'now-ness' (happening right now, about to happen, or just happened), and location (based on a place name or postcode in the search query). These factors are important to the medium of radio.

It's a work in progress, and we'll be refining it over coming weeks in response to user feedback, and the actual terms people are searching for. We're still developing the means to analyse the huge volume of searches taking place across the Radioplayer network, so it'll be a while before we can share detailed search stats.

But in the meantime, here's an impressionistic snapshot of the most commonly-searched individual words and numbers across a few days. The relative sizes of the terms  are broadly indicative of the number of times they were entered (but only very broadly). It's in the form of a 'Wordle'.

Posted on 23 April 2011 - 1:37pm