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- whoops just found a load of stuff regarding it - suppose you may as well delete this post :-)
There are a load of companies which announce to the world that they are the next big thing. Sometime the media will believe them. But it's not the hype which will make them big, it's the product.
As for the company you mention, I wouldn't hold your breath.
Wouldn't recommend it for dial-up users, purely because of the dial-up boxes at periodic moments when it tries to do its job of searching.
It'll take a behaviour-change to switch to this app if your instinct is to hit G first.
Havin said all that, I'd say there is defo potential and it's probably the closest thing I've used that possibly offers a hint of search-apps to come, whether that be M$, G, Blinkx, or whoever.
It's certainly a quick way to find related stuff on your own HD (which you probably even forgot you had!)
As for the company you mention, I wouldn't hold your breath
I must admit, I downloaded it about 5 hours ago and am already considering removing it. It's intentions are pretty cool but it's a donkey of a program. Certainly no threat whatsoever to google (which is what the papers were saying.?
I'll agree the program needs to be smoothed out, but what the articles praising it mean is the whole concept of implied queries is a new step for search.
Not exactly robjones,
The idea behind it is that of hypertext and that's been around for almost 60 years. The people writing the articles are typically "technology journalists". While these people may have an elementary grasp of journalism, they generally know very little about technology. :) I'd tend to agree with Shak's opinion to a large extent.
Purely from a business point of view, it is an exceedingly risky operation. There is nothing to stop Google or Microsoft doing the same, or doing it better. Even the results clustering /related options seem to be doing the same as the program.
I doubt blinkx is expecting to go it alone against the big guns though, they would be more effective if they were acquired by one of the bigger companies.
It's a new idea to the search marketplace now though
It is a different method of searching in that the page or highlighted text is linked via background searching. It is not natural language searching. Microsoft, or more accurately Gates, has been talking to the press about Microsoft's great natural language searching research. The keyword searching method seems very deeply ingrained with most search engine users and it is this barrier that Blinkx will have to get over.
Maybe Shak is right (apart from the pretty woman part, don't know where that's relevant to the company)
Google dominates at the present time with it's familiar keyword input, this is a new idea that takes the current search idea and builds on it, taking an aspect (keywords) out of it to make something fresh.
I doubt blinkx is expecting to go it alone against the big guns though, they would be more effective if they were acquired by one of the bigger companies.The big pay off - it sounds very dot.bombish to have a plan to be taken over. However the larger SEs may just decide to continue with their own products and lock out any users of the smaller products.
Sex sells and any editor will consider running a story if there is a good pic.
If it is just a search engine interface it is not that fresh an idea.
The big pay off - it sounds very dot.bombish to have a plan to be taken over.