Thursday, October 19, 2006
A couple of weeks ago Sreekanth Sreedharan from url.com sent me a note with a beta invite to their new search engine with a twist; it aggregates results from MSN, Google, and Yahoo! and provides the rankings for each result, as well as user ratings on its usefulness. Users can also comment on results to provide further depth and human feedback to increase relevance. It humanizes and democratizes search, while continuing to take advantage of the power of each engines algorithms.
It’s a good concept and one I’m enjoying exploring. It’s a bit counterintuitive to the way I’m used to searching (they don’t call Google a monopoly for nothing…), but the idea behind it makes it worth the effort.
In terms of specific feedback – the homepage could use some context, it isn’t clear immediately what the purpose of the site is, how you use it, or how/ why you should participate. Also, it would be good if someone proofread the FAQ’s…
I do have a concern that, as with many ‘ranking’ related systems companies or individuals could try and game the system, but hopefully the community over time will develop enough to counteract any potential concerns.
All in all an intriguing addition to both the search and social networking spaces, and one to watch.
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