Just another search engine?

Dear reader,



Another search engine has popped into existence. Oparla is about to launch on 14th of April. Oparla is supposed to have a unique social search software. Although I don’t think it is entirely unique after what Google has been doing previously, what IS unique is that Oparla will have a daily prize draw for registered users, giving out up to £1.000 for simply doing a search.

Oparla’s GUI is also unique – it shows search results in a table by default. While a table doesn’t allow for much text for descriptions, etc, it certainly saves vertical space and allows for more search results to be displayed on each page. Fortunately, Oparla also offers a ‘classic view’ for those who do not wish to learn how to cope with the ‘list view’ tables.


Kumo vs. Google

Dear reader,

Quick note: This week Cnet published a screenshot along with an internal memo on Kumo, Microsoft’s upcoming new search engine. The new search engine is also going on Microsoft’s internal testing phase this week. Although I doubt Kumo will eat Google’s market share anytime soon, it will be interesting to see what Microsoft has to offer that Google doesn’t or if it will just be a rebranded Live search.


Google Japan penalized by Google

Dear Reader,

Funny things happen in the cyberworld. Google Japan did a campaign paying for bloggers to link and blog nicely of them in order to boost the campaign. The result? Mother company Google penalized them by lowering the PageRank of Google Japan from 9 to 5.

New search engine to harness librarians as a source for web page trustworthiness!

Dear Reader,

It has been quiet for some time in Webgrizzly’s camp. Or maybe more like deathlike silence.

Nonetheless, here’s some good news. A new search engine is on its way. So where’s the good news, one might ask? The good news is that this time its results won’t be based on popularity but on trustworthiness! At least this is what Reference Extract is aiming for and something that I wholeheartedly welcome as a bright idea in the otherwise link popularity driven search result world.

RefEx’s (as it is abbreviated) idea is perhaps still in its infancy, as only librarians are currently thought to be trustworthy enough to determine the relevancy of any one link and thus how well it will do in the engine’s results. While I don’t think librarians are defaultly any more trustworthy than others and suffer from same defects as most :), I believe this is a step in the right direction as, to make it loud and clear, internet is currently full of shite — and has been, for most of its lifespan. We need a search engine that can deliver a bit more trustworthy results than the otherwise great Google. And maybe this will even trigger some changes in Google’s, Yahoo!’s or Live’s camps, which would be much welcomed.

Planning Reference Extract -blog
An article in ARS Technica covering Reference Extract


Rise of defcon

Dear reader,

It’s getting hectic again at work so blogging will become a secondary priority for a while. This means that I will be returning to my usual pace with new blog posts.

In the meantime, why not try the 4hoursearch.com that showed the world you could get better search results than Cuil with just 4 hours of coding by using Yahoo!’s BOSS platform.

Former Google engineers challenge ex-employer with ‘Cuil’ search engine

Dear Reader,

Yesterday a brand new search engine saw daylight. Cuil has a fresh GUI and a new type of search listing. Because of being used to how search engines show results at present, it might be a challenge for new users to get to know this search engine’s way. But so far I think the GUI is quite user-friendly and looks nice. Time shall tell if this attempt will be able to challenge the search engine giant.

Go ahead and try out Cuil!

Headliner: Google

Dear Reader,

Google is in the headlines right now. Earlier today I trackbacked TechCrunch’s article about the rumour of Google acquiring Digg. Later on I found Google Operating System’s contrasting article on the same subject.

Another thing I found out about today is Google’s new article repository, Knol. A bit Wikipedia-like endeavour for creating articles but with the exception that the writers of articles are clearly shown on each article or haven been given the credit for written articles. Read more about and test Knol here.

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