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Another alternative search engine.
I was just hanging around on a few different sites, and came across this alternative search engine. It was pretty cool, not as in "we're gonna reinvent the internet" but simply as a top layer to the three big search engines results along with their own comparative database (which they're probably building behind the scenes, and which will dominate the results more and more in time)...
The basic concept is that it draws the top 3 results from google, yahoo and msn and *cough* from their own secret database - for your query - and then it ranks them and show them to you. Not a big thing, nothing new there, alot of sites which do that.
But the possibility to rate websites up, comment on the results, and interact with the search results as a user and in general make the queries better and more specific on the search for, not just yourself, but for other people too, was an interesting concept and i'm going to use it for a few weeks to see if it's really as nice as my twenty test-queries showed...
What do you think of this alternative search engine, any comments, suggestions, whatever?
As you say, it ain't new or original. And it was launched as 'Younanimous', but the members 'Younanimously' decided to change that [groan]
History is littered with human search engines, social search engines, meta search engines - and various sad combinations, all with 'secret ingredients', gimmicks, viral marketing and - occasionally - big money.
But the lesson of history seems clear - most searchers really can't be bothered with all these games; they want simplicity, they want reliability, and they don't want to have to play all sorts of silly games in between.
I've always believed that Google's clean page design was a major influence in their rise to supremacy; Google realized that users really didn't want to mix search with anything else. I see no evidence that that is changing.
Even m*h*l*, with their big names and big bucks seems to have made little impression.
Let us know when the next one comes along!