While engaged in the search for Evan Chan’s killer I recently stumbled across a nifty search engine enhancement, iLOR. iLOR is not itself a Net index… it’s licensed Google’s search technology. What iLOR does is aid in the process of sorting through the results–especially useful features include opening new windows for task lists, and “anchoring” a particular set of search results so that you can chase down the particulars of a page without having to “Back” your way out of it. In other words, iLOR does the same things you already do today… just more easily than you’re able to do it now.
Does it understand the meaning of the search results? Not yet. But it’s a small step toward making Google’s search results–already the most relevant on the web–even better.