ake Kozoru (www.kozoru.com). It's an up-and-coming search engine in Kansas that wants to steal market share from Google. But unlike a lot of search engines, it's not aiming to scour and index every scrap of information on the Web. It's aiming for quality over quantity.
``We're going for a niche,'' said Kozuru Chief Executive John Flowers. ``We're specifically focusing on providing answers to specifically tailored questions.
``If you're asking a question about what car in 2003 had the highest safety rating, or how do I change the oil in my Acura, you can get those results in a regular search engine. But you'll have to sift through a lot of answers.
``We are trying to determine who the most authoritative sources are,'' he said.
AskJeeves are not exactly the pinnacle of search - they even had to buy Teoma to actually get proper search engine. They were however pushing for "natural language like" processing, which, given examples above, Kozoru seems to be inclined to like.
kozoru's system will rank information by giving dictionaries, encyclopedias and news stories more credibility than subjective sources, thereby establishing confidence and authority.
I hope they are using other authority sources. Iw would be good if they do come up with a new platform and approach to solving search. But I do have doubts when I see a free web counter on the homepage of their site. Hopefully it is a subsidiary of theirs. They do have a good line up of people on their board.
Good luck Kozuro.
[edited by: goodroi at 3:48 pm (utc) on Sep. 24, 2004]