Search. It’s just a game to Microsoft…

Not quite as gripping as the sublime Plants vs. Zombies (2009) or Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (2009) (both of which I’ve recently beaten, purely in the interest of teaching games in higher education you understand /heh/). But Microsoft’s Page Hunt has some rough-edged charm, and they way they’ve set it up (five selections, shorter and shorter timings on each) gives it more of a game-like quality than otherwise.

And there’s one curious finding already:

“…the longer a page’s URL (in characters), the harder it was for users to match the page to query words. The research doesn’t speculate about why this should be, but here’s a graph showing the relationship between URL length and the ‘findability’ of a page.”