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I went to check it out and was pretty surprised. Next to each result is a thumbnail, alexa ranking, archive.org link, quick view option and a listing of other SE's it appears in and at what number (although that last one certainly isn't "complete" according to the searches I did). Even has a "froogle-esque" feature.
Anyway, first I saw of it. No idea what the technology is behind it, but was interested in seeing if anyone else had seen and and what the thoughts were on it.
At one point, they tried to spread a false rumor that Howard Stern is involved with icerocket.com
Seven engines are involved but there is over-lap from Yahoo properties Alta Vista, AlltheWeb which is basically the same, not to mention MSN and Lycos.
Not a bad metasearch engine, but there are other good metasearch engines out there as well that have been around awhile.
Add to this the fact that most of these types of engines rank their listings according to Alexa ratings, which simply doesn't work. We all know that popularity does not equal relavance. Shoot, even PageRank doesn't equal relavance. If IceRocket ranked their listings directly from a database other then Alexa, then less than 10% of their listings would have images, since Alexa is more likely to have a thumbnail image if it has a better Alexa rating.
I like to see innovation, but I don't see anything new here...
The more I read about icerocket, - blogs, forums, researchbuzz, - the more I have to wonder why it's being taken that serious? The posts they've (creators) made about themselves in the forums is just idiotic and immature. That kind of prose might work in a fraternity bathroom stall, but it doesn't look good when you are trying to claim you are a serious Google competitor.
With the bathroom talk and lies (Howard Stern) - they've got a lot to overcome already.
Added- The recent news is true because Cuban posted it on his blog. But he didn't say anything about $3 million last I checked.
Who knows how easy it will be to compete with google, yahoo, altavista, etc.We real operators of the alternative search engines do. Most of us don't look upon it as competing with Google. It is more like staying under the radar and hoping the turnip fields of PhDs in Google don't decide to cause problems for us by getting into our niche areas. Google et al are macro search engines. They cannot do local search well, if at all. This is the niche that most of the alternative search engines occupy.