MillionShort: A Path around Search Engine Optimization

July 5, 2014

In my lectures for members of the intelligence community, I talk about how to move “Beyond Google.” I rely on several online search services that are not embraced by the unwashed millions who perceive Google as the Alpha and the Omega of search and retrieval. Google is not objective. The more quickly online users accept the pervasiveness of subjectivity in search results, the more likely a mobile user will be able to locate the Cuba Libre Restaurant in Washington, DC, near the Google offices and pin down the whereabouts of a person like eBay’s chief technical officer. The system allows me to jump over the irrelevant baloney generated by heavily SEO’ed sites. Man, I hate SEO. Does Matt Cutts’ leave of absence suggest that he too cannot cope with the rigors of eroding objective, relevant results to a Google query?

I noticed a few days ago that the search system was returning no results, a blank screen, or a message saying that the service was down. I was worried. MillionShort uses a combination of Bing application programming interface calls, some proprietary scripts, and its own index to chop out the Web sites that I love to hate. The name “million short” means that I can NOT out the offensive entertainment sites that pump Justin Bieber information to me. The wildly distorted search engine optimized sites that display useless, off point content, and sites that I really want not to see ever again. Do you too feel this way about or or

Here’s what let’s me do. I can run a query and narrow the results with a single click to sites that are not in the Top 1000 most popular Web sites. Try the service and run a query. Instead of showing me the drivel that passes for news from or, I can pinpoint gems like YouTube videos that provide specific information about certain illicit activities, identify blogs that contain information about moderators (if you don’t know what this is, then you won’t appreciate the value of the links), and similar topics that often cannot be found using Blekko, Exalead search, Google, or Yandex in .com and .ru flavors. is operated by an entrepreneur whom I am chasing for more details about the system. If I uncover something useful via MillionShort or one of the other “off the radar” services I profile in my intel lectures, I may share some information nuggets in this blog. In the meantime, check out the service. If you get a “not available” message, check back every hour or so. The service comes back up, which is a very good thing for intrepid researchers. For those who want their pizza from the microwave, may not fit your info life style. Your loss, I fear.

Stephen E Arnold, July 5, 2014


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