jmccormac - 9:19 pm on Jun 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've been working on a new version of the SE, Brotherhood of LAN,
The biggest problem is not actually finding new websites but rather sorting out clones and compromised sites. I've the process working well on a monthly basis so that it now detects at least 90% of all new Irish websites before Google and works as a self-cleaning index. When it is ready, it will be time to take Ireland back from Google. ;)
The big problem, at the moment, with Google isn't the tracking issue. It is simply that it is trying to guess what people want rather than giving them what they want. While it is a good global/non-specific SE, it really sucks on a national/country level basis. That's Google's real vulnerability.