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This leads to the big question: what will be the next big thing that substantially improves search quality?
One of the big contenders for this "next big thing" is social search: the idea of adding user annotations or other metadata to the process. Of course, arguably "search" has been "social" ever since people began incorporating anchortext into search engines, or ever since users started contributing the first web pages.
However, usually what is meant by social search is something like incorporating user-generated tags or ratings into an index or ranking function.
As a result, in the paper below, we ask the question: "Can Social Bookmarking Improve Web Search?". By extension, we also ask, if so, in what ways, and if not, why not?