Ged Maheux searched the App Store for “Twitter” and found Twitter
clients ranked horribly below a bunch of spam and garbage apps,
most having little to nothing to do with Twitter.
You can see similar ranking problems with almost any common search
term. I searched earlier today for an iPad Instagram client — the
iPad App Store search list for “Instagram” is just as spammy and
unhelpful as this. I was only able to find what I was actually
looking for by searching Google and asking people on Twitter.
It has always been the case that a Google web search for “whatever iPhone app” provides far superior results to searching the App Store for “whatever”. Sometimes the difference is as vast as perfect (Google’s results) and useless (the App Store’s), as we can see searching for “Twitter iPhone client” in Google and “Twitter” on the App Store.
That this is still the case in 2014 is a worrisome sign.
★ Wednesday, 17 December 2014