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I heard a rumor that the last time the reason IBM's search engine plans got derailed was from one of their 'key' people going to work for Verity (provider of corporate search engine products for internal indexing / not web search).
Any time a powerful company with such a huge reserve of talent, money, and time to develop considers entering a new space it's exciting news. Will be great if they actually release something we can all play with soon.
I agree. Big company like IBM could easily become a leader on anything they want to, the main question is whether they find it lurative or not? In this case search is very hot ... so I can't see why IBM's not to take any move soon.
According to the source, IBM's supercomputer could "absorbs 25 million Web pages a day" so to match Google's index of 3,307,998,701 web pages they only need 132 days. That's about a period of only 4 months.
Since they have been working on Almaden for years, the release of their search engine definitely be a thrill.
What will all this mean to the average searcher though? or is this service being aimed more towards the power user or busines user?
To be honest I am a little confused by the explinations of, what this new service will actualy do for the end user?
What do you think about the search engine war? I guess my favorite player will be IBM... can't wait until the release of their WebFountain.
Those who have had their sites crawled for years, have you ever seen any human visitors coming from IBM besides these bots?
... problems as text analysis skills are not yet as sophisticated as they could be.
To put this in context, the tendency at IBM is to
err on the side of caution. From anyone else, it
might have been worrying, from them, it is more
indicative that they have extremely high hopes
for the end capabilities of the system.
IBM is also well practised at executing long term
HOWEVER, given that people are used to searching using keywords, deep context analysis is tricky. Nevertheless, its advanced search capabilities might be impressive, and if it were able to differentiate a CPU bus from an (omni)bus that must be a good thing.