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Tencent joined the other Chinese portals and launched its own search engine at www.soso.com [soso.com] recently. According to Sina, Tencent uses Google's technology and may become an Adwords distribution agent for Google. Soso does not have a special name and is called "QQ Search". QQ Search allows searches for web pages, pictures, music, documents, and news.
The SERPs here look very much like Google to me. I'm not certain how much they differ. The layout is very much like any other SE we've seen start up lately. The front end is spartan and the the SERPs are relatively clean (not too much extraneous advertising or fluff to distract the user.)
Of course, from an English point of view that is a very so-so name. Unfortunate choice, but then it may make more sense in Chinese. Anyone know what it means? (I don't.)
>The SERPs here look very much like Google to me.
Depends on the search I suppose, I tried a couple of my favourite English searches which produced very un-Google like SERPs. Were you searching in Chinese bill?
I'd be interested to hear what our members in China think about this one. Due to the lack of press on this one I'm doubting this is a very big launch.
the result in soso.com is not just "look like" google, but exactly, is. as the cached page and is linking to google.
yes the pronunciation of "so" in chinese" means search (but the precise chinese writing will be "sou suo"),
just like the popular engine
sohu.com, which means search fox.
How is QQ's revenue? Does it have that much cash as Baidu (which gathered a billion from ipo)
soso means "search" but in English point of view, it is not a good name.
Indeed, the qq search is getting result from google, however, the data center may be different for those in American.
However, I doubt that this search engine will become a major search engines in China region.
The most frequently used search engines in china should be baidu, Google and Yahoo. However,who is the biggest player depends on which region of China. e.g. in Hong Kong, it should be Yahoo