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Blekko the New Search Engine - public beta launch!

     
1:09 am on Nov 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Blekko search has been in invitation-only beta for months and three years overall in the making. Today the general public gets their first look.

The most significant upgrade to Blekko’s search engine is the addition of slashtags that auto-fire for queries that fall into one seven categories: health, colleges, autos, personal finance, lyrics, recipes and hotels. Every time a Blekko user’s query is determined to be in one of these categories, Blekko will automatically append the associated slashtag to the query and limit results to just the subset of URLs that fall under that slashtag.

[mashable.com...]

[blekko.com...]
11:20 pm on Nov 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks SevenCubed
Well then I can report that it did in fact fetch robots.txt a lot more recently and also crawled a lot more recently then that. So both figures are wrong.
11:47 pm on Nov 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The name reminds me of a tin drum ;)

I won't be using it too often. Due to failing eye sight I need to enlarge text and when I do that on their site the whole page gets garbled :(
11:36 am on Nov 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You do need to remember not to try searching for a phrase that has a slash in it!

Results not that good, and cluttered with results from search sites, feed aggregators etc.

SEO stuff looks interesting.

Its not going to change my search habits (currently Google first then Yippy, and Wolfram Alpha - which is not web search - for stats and facts)
11:53 am on Nov 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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So you're the guy that uses Yippy? :)
12:17 pm on Nov 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Anyone besides me note that much of blekko is obtained from archive. org? (space inserted)

My "niche" is pretty narrow, really narrow, and most of the wannabes died 10 years back, yet those pages are indexed. Nothing wrong with that, just wonder which 3 billion pages are being offered for search...
12:42 pm on Nov 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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>>Anyone besides me note that much of blekko is obtained from archive. org? (space inserted)

no, but i notice they are using dmoz descriptions
8:35 am on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Amazing how attractive the low-hanging fruit is these days.
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I always sort of thought Control-F would be a good name for a search engine.
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How does it make money - I did not see any advertising
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I like how the SEO option makes it super easy to wander around in my niche's neighborhood.

I found several new link candidates to explore, write a tailored link request and hope :-)
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