Frustrations of Online Searches for “Tea”

Tea Leoni – one of those annoying “hits” you get when searching for tea. (screen capture from site)
Tea Leoni – one of those annoying “hits” you get when searching for tea. (screen capture from site)

Online searches can be fairly frustrating, with results (called “hits”) coming up that have little or nothing to do with what you’re looking for. And there you are, sitting in front of your computer screen scrolling through screenful after screenful of links to irrelevant stuff.

Some of that irrelevant stuff:

  • Woman’s name: Tea
  • Town name: Tea
  • The Texas Education Agency
  • Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS)

These hits are pretty easy to skip over, though, and so don’t waste too much of your time. It’s those other hits that really frustrate me — the hits for those things being called “tea” but that contain little or no Camellia Sinensis (tea plant) leaves. Now, many of you might actually be looking for that sort of thing and so would be happy with these search results. I, however, and others with whom I’ve interacted on sites like Twitter and Facebook differentiate between the true teas and those other things (rooibos, honeybush, chamomile, and other various tisanes and infusions).

The real puzzle comes in when one of these other “teas” is just named something like “ginger tea.” That means time spent going to the vendor’s site and hoping there is a description that is a little more detailed than “contains ginger tea.”

Let’s not even get started on what hits pop up when doing a search for “tea party.” From that event in the Boston harbor to the current political moniker, there’s a lot to wade through. Frustrating, yes, but that’s just how it goes. Through trial and error, you can learn to sort out the non-relevant hits leading to tales of disgruntled colonialists of yesteryear or disgruntled taxpayers of today to get to the hits about those events when that precious liquid called tea is served along with appropriate edibles. Looking at the site the hit leads to is one clue. Another is the bit of site text that is displayed in that hit. It’s time consuming but worthwhile.

So, next time you go to your favorite search site and end up with a bunch of nonsense hits, take heart and be sure to have a cuppa tea handy for sipping and soothing as you wade through them to the information you seek. And just think of those gold miners in those California streams in the 1800s, scooping up pan after pan of gunk until they struck gold. Happy searching!

See more of A.C. Cargill’s articles here.

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