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The contents of Wikiseek are restricted to Wikipedia pages and only those sites which are referenced within Wikipedia, making it an authoritative source of information less subject to spam and SEO schemes.
Wikiseek utilizes Searchme's category refinement technology, providing suggested search refinements based on user tagging and categorization within Wikipedia, making results more relevant than conventional search engines.
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[edited by: engine at 3:35 pm (utc) on Jan. 16, 2007]
But what you have to notice is that their homepage couldn't look more like Google.
They are gunning for Google between the eyes.
If they can clean up their SERPs and tap into the UNBELIVEABLE SERP referral traffic they have, they will be able to contend with Google.
They are over-extended at the moment, however.
They just did a stage dive that no one is catching.
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It could be a winner (not at the magnitude of any of the Big 3, but making a tidy profit for the owner), if they were to include ALL of the content on ALL of the sites that are linked to from Wikipedia, and if they can develop algorithms that allow them to give the right amount of weight to content on those external sites that is in documents that aren't directly linked to by Wikipedia.
Under this scenario, they would simply be using Wikipedia as a zero-cost method for filtering out pure Spam and garbage -- the sort of sites that will never have permanent links from Wikipedia.
The SERPS would look vastly different than what is currently being displayed, or what is displayed by Wikipedia's internal search function. The results would be much more inclusive and interesting -- going far beyond the content of Wikipedia itself, or the documents that are one click away from Wikipedia, without including much spam.
Of course, this approach would have a strong bias against commercial sites, but that isn't necessarily a problem. In fact, it would enhance the PPC business model, making a purer distinction between non-commercial results down the left and commercial results down the right, and that clean distinction might be appealing to users.
However, this NOT what they are doing right now. The claim is made that Wikiseek also indexes all websites which are linked from WP, not just pages from WP, but this is not accurate.
I'm aware of some links to a couple of our sites that come from pages devoted to some very obscure topics. In these instances, our content was used as a primary source for Wikipedia's short writeup of the topic. Yet when I tried searching for these obscure terms, our sites did not appear anywhere in the first several pages of SERPs.
Clearly, something is broken, or they aren't actually doing what is claimed.
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2. They state that they're donating "the majority" of the site's "revenue" (suggesting gross income, not net profits) to the Wikimedia Foundation. But the parent company, Searchme, is a venture-funded organization, so you can bet that there's an anticipation of big profits somewhere somehow.
3. It's in beta. It only launched like yesterday. I don't necessarily think it's a world-beating idea, but you have to cut them some slack with respect to minor bugs or not having indexed everything yet.