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Monday, July 19, 2004
  New search engine alternative, Blinkx

Via the KurzweilAI.net Newsletter comes info on a new web search system called Blinkx. Supposedly, it's growing real fast. and may eventually be a major competitor of Google.

I'll have to use it a few times before I can really comment on it's utility, but here's the Guardian Unlimited's write up on it, All eyes on Blinkx:
"Blinkx has two selling points. First, it doesn't only search the web but simultaneously scours news sites, emails, attachments and your own hard disk. It does all this unobtrusively in the background until you pass your cursor over icons at the top or bottom of the page, when it reveals a digest of related sites as well as material from Word, Excel or PDF files. If you are working in a word processing document, it provides the same service.
And, I guess I'll have to check their privacy policy, though. I'm not sure if I'm comfortable w/ it searching MY harddrive, though there's really nothing on it. sort of the principal, I guess.

Anyway, the article goes on to say:
It also searches blogs. This function has just been added because Malik suggested it would be a good thing to do. 'I didn't appreciate the significance until he wrote the article and then I thought, 'Right, I get it',' she said disarmingly. Blinkx can also search digital TV on the internet, which, in practice, means video output from the BBC. Why? 'Because the BBC posts its digital TV free on the internet.'

Both Google and Microsoft are working on unified engines that search your desktop as well as the web, and some others already do it. But Rittweger believes Blinkx is the only one that offers all these facilities including video search now. So the company has a window of opportunity in a market where consumers can switch allegiance with two blinkx of an eyelid.

The second selling point is that, unlike Google, it uses artificial intelligence to rate stories, not page rankings. 'What it is trying to say,' she explains, 'is that all words are not equal in a sentence... Quite critically, if you are looking at a document and trying to figure out what it means, Blinkx reads everything you are reading and sorts out what are the key ideas.'

Blinkx's planned business model involves getting advertising revenue from contextual adverts, product channels and white labelling, but she emphasises that the search is independent: it is mathematically based and just looks at words and their context. She adds: "It is clean, but users don't know that so we show our advertisements in a different colour". "
So we'll see, but I'm all about have different search options. I've found Google highly functional, but...

Oh, and let's see how their policies develop over time.

Cross posted at American Samizdat under the same title

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Ah, Harry suggests KartOO visual meta search engine as a search engine. And after having looked at it, I think it's pretty cool. You will have to have Flash Player loaded for the site. 
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