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URLs and search terms

Two interesting posts recently on the increasing use of search over explicit URL-copying when it comes to getting to sites. The phenomenon, I would guess, will be accelerated by the increased difficulties for new startups to obtain brief and intuitive domain names.

http://www.cabel.name/2008/03/japan-urls-are-totally-out.html

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/the_url_is_dead_long_live_search.php

Tangent follows:
I must say that I am increasingly taking advantage of the smart URL autocomplete features in recent versions of Firefox. (I am currently on 3.0 rc1, but I saw the feature in earlier beta versions as well.) The new behavior is smarter about finding strings in the middle of URLs you have visited, which is very welcome for doing things like going directly to a single feed in Google Reader.