Boston Globe Search Engine a Total Trainwreck (II)

April 7, 2016

As the hardreading staff has previously noted, the BostonGlobe.com search box is the ultimate digital black hole.

Exhibit Umpteen: Yesterday the Missus said, “Hey – remember that self-portrait of Ellen Day Hale we saw at the MFA the other day? Sebastian Smee wrote about it today in the Boston Globe.”

So we scurried over to BostonGlobe.com to check it out. And got this from a search for “Sebastian Smee.”

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Seriously?

So we hied ourselves to Google News and got this.

Hale’s magnetic, mesmerizing ‘Self-Portrait’

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There’s blood in that pale, sinewy hand. Blood and resolve. Idle for now, it won’t stay that way for long. It’s poised for action.

The hand belonged to Ellen Day Hale, who painted it herself in 1885.

It’s part of a self-portrait, one of the best in the Museum of Fine Arts, where it hangs in the Art of the Americas Wing, in a gallery devoted to the so-called Boston School.

 

It is, as we’ve come to expect from Sebastian Smee, a thoroughly smart and insightful piece. It’s also a piece you’ll never find via the Globe’s online search engine.

Are we the only ones who think that’s a travesty?

Not to mention an actionable case of media malpractice.

Hey, Sebastian Smee – you feelin’ this?


BostonGlobe.com Search Engine a Total Trainwreck

March 19, 2016

Interesting Page One compare ‘n’ contrast in today’s Boston dailies: The Globe front-pages a story the Herald doesn’t have at all, and vice versa.

 

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Initially, we went to the papers’ respective search engines to double-check our first impression. Plug “Owen Labrie” into the Herald search box and you get this:

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It’s a bit of a jumble – the most recent story is listed fourth. But it’s the Library of Congress compared to what pops up in the Globe when you plug virtually anything into its search box. The Framingham rape from the Herald front page gets no hits, but plug in, say, “David Ortiz” and you get this:

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Click on that first link and you get a hockey story at the bottom of which is this:

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So, to recap: One search, two clicks, still no David Ortiz.

Try it for yourself. It’s crazy-making.

And entirely crazy: a non-searchable newspaper website.