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I kinda a like it. It is a very impressive start! (it's one of those clustering/kartoo like engines)
"Users shouldn't have to work hard to find what they want. Mooter sets out to solve the problems of most search engines by understanding the psychology of how users interact with information.
"Mooter analyses the choices you make while searching, then reorders the results based on what you are actually looking for at that moment without you having to go back and rephrase your exact needs."
So instead of giving users long lists of scrambled results, Mooter displays simple, sensible categories of information. As users search, the algorithms shuffle the results in the background, ensuring that more relevant results are displayed.
Sure am hoping to get something a little more creative from ya'll.
I don't like the 2-step search.
Amen, SlyOldDog. Teoma and Vivisimo do it right. Here are the SERPs, and over here are some related topics/searches that might help you find what you're looking for.
I'm not a fan, and not just because it just crashed Safari on me.
Liesl - can you tell us where the results are coming from? Do you have your own index - or is a meta? I actually noticed some Webwombat stuff?
and, personally - I think 'mootergal' would have been a better nick.... you know - we've already got a googleguy here...
First it's very obviously beta, so the press releases and news articles are lots of hype before it happens - a classic example of marketing and sales people overruling the techs (seen this at every company I have ever worked for - very fustrating).
Secondly, big questions of the source of its data; no apparent spidering (I have a month old site that is in there but I can't find them in my logs anywhere), no documentation of robots.txt being obeyed, etc.
Third, technology it's based on appears to be non-validating html (using metarefresh for redirect?) on basic apache servers running java applets? (Java is one of the slowest known code executing environments - even sun has said so)
Last but not least, it feels very bulky and less intuitive to me. Sure there is a market for more advanced users but I can just imagine some of the people I have to train weekly trying to use this. Google shoots for the lowest common denominator being able to find stuff and allows the power users to take advantage of the less "in-your-face" advanced features. There is way too much on the screen with mooter and my eyes don't know where to look and what to focus on (there are also obvious bugs with objects overlapping other objects but I attribute that to beta).
Good luck with the Australian market. I'll check back in six months and see how they are doing. Points for trying something new but I'm more interested in attempts like Gigablast that are lean and mean and have market proven features (and results).
If you use 'all results', we actually re-jig results dynamically based on underlying themes of websites you looked at. sort of dynamic personalisation. Don't collect info on searcher though, session based only.
In anycase, my two cents is this.
I use google because it is very fast and accurate
and minimises spam as well, also most importantly it is all on the ONE page.
(i used to use yahoo, took too long to load up on my 56k modem and too much crap on there homepage).
People want it now, i do not want to click here and there and everywhere to find my results.
Why would i want to use your site instead of google, alltheweb, these companies have spent millions why would it be better, people actually do find the results they want on these engines 9.95 out of 10.?
in anycase good luck