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Here is a simple search result for the keywords F-Prot for DOS ('for' is ignored by WISEnut like Google):
Anti Virus (8)
F-Prot for DOS (3)
Virus Scanners (3)
AntiVirus Software (5)
Impressive, isn't it?
Another feature I like most is the [See x more pages from this site] feature. Yes, this is not new, but like the WISEnut categories you can see the number of relevant pages, and the relevant pages are actually relevant.
Wow! What can I say other than competition is good.
Relavancy looks pretty good other than the descriptions - way too short.
URL's, very difficult to read and since the descriptions are so short, the url is the greatest factor in determining "clickability". Extremely hard on the eyes. Won't use the engine for this reason alone.
Oh joy, more ransom note results. What crosses search engineers minds to think this is usable? This is irrelevant nonhelpful info. I want a meta description - that's what it is there for.
Glad there is no click through counter.
Looks like it has great coverage. Every site of mine and clients were in there (50-60k pages).
Crawling dynamic urls - helpful.
There crawler ip's don't resolve..boo hiss.
Pretty good speed, but we'll see how it does in a month or two after some load.
Not too shabby, especially for a first look. Most promising new SE since...
Preferences include an option for 100 results per page, always a plus in my book. Throw in expanded display preferences (i.e. highlighted keywords, meta description, or both) and it gets shuffled it into the search mix.
This is the big question, perhaps the only question.
"WISEnut has also designed an innovative way to enable users to customize search results and to empower portals to generate revenues." -- from the wisenut.com 'About' section.
That sentence probably sounded better when the portal war was not a war of attrition. Do they know something we don't? I hope so.
Seems to be a bit of a "wise nut"...
Do you saw that Teoma is online too?
(in beta test)
What do you think about it?
<spam>They are susceptible to spam, but so is Google... and every other search engine. When it comes to spamproofing, there might be a tendency to hope for the best instead of preparing for the worst. Let's see how aggressive they are in cleaning it up.
<size>Seems to be overstated. Factors include: multiple results for the same page, wild & crazy "deep Web" links, etc. Let's see how aggressive they are in adding new content.
<notice> Got this message between some queries:
"Our servers are currently unavailable
due to enhancement and modification
of the WISEnut search engine."
<factoid>The order of keywords makes no difference in an unquoted search phrase. A search for Keyword1 Keyword2 will give the same results as Keyword2 Keyword1. Three keywords yields six combinations that all go to the same sites. Four keywords yields twenty four combinations that are funneled to a few lucky sites. This has could have huge implications if WISEnut becomes popular.
They take the first few items on the web page (which happen to be navigation menu items in our case, the same on every page) and make it the description. I guess the META tag description concept is beyond their comprehension and or ability to index.
How many large sites have stuck with ms servers?