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Where’s Soople?

Feb 15 UPDATE: Never mind, it seems to be up now…

I noticed recently that I’ve been getting a spike in people coming to the Search Lounge looking for Soople. (see Soople review). I went to and lo and behold it’s gone, as in vanished.

I don’t know what happened to Soople, but if I find out I’ll post something.

Wikiseek aftershocks

It’s been an adventure here at Searchme since the beta launch of Wikiseek a couple days ago. We’ve been reviewed and praised and slammed and everything else by hundreds of bloggers and sites. It seems like some people are still confused and expecting Wikiseek to be a full-web search engine, which it is not. Wikiseek only searches Wikipedia and the pages that are directly linked to from Wikipedia articles.

I want people to know that we’re listening to everyone’s feedback and that anybody can go to our Wikiseek Community Wiki to write to us.

Wikiseek Beta Launches

See Searchme Beta Launch

The product that my company is working on has been announced to the public. Wikiseek is a search engine that searches Wikipedia and its immediate external links. Please do not confuse this with a full-scale web search engine. Our goal with Wikiseek is to search a limited and trusted set of articles and links. We know we have some issues and we’re constantly working on improving things (hence the ubiquitous Beta).

Good press:
Wikipedia Search Engine WikiSeek Launches

And to be fair, bad press:
Wikiseek: Leveraging Wikipedia For Web Search, Poorly

We also have two tools; a search plugin and a greasemonkey-like Firefox extension that changes the way Wikipedia looks in your browser by adding a Wikiseek search button.

We have this Wikiseek Wiki for people to give us feedback.

In order to continue to improve we’re hiring. Check out the Searchme Jobs page for more info.

Findory to fade away

I was sorry to read Greg Linden’s post on Geeking with Greg that he’s decided to shut down Findory. In case you don’t know, Findory is an engine that personalizes itself for you based on what you click on. There’s no customization, so you don’t have to choose preferences or categories or anything, it works quietly in the back-end while you go about your normal reading.

Two years ago – January 7, 2005 – I published an interview with him about Findory. This question and answer stands out to me:

Do you see a way for regular search engines to integrate your technology?

Absolutely. Our technology is designed to be highly scalable. Despite our complicated personalization, the online portion of our processing only takes a tens of milliseconds. We want Findory’s personalization to be helping millions of readers find the information they need.

My outsider’s take is that Findory had trouble building enough traffic as a destination site, but as his answer suggests it would have fit nicely into the repertoire of one of the major search engines. I use Findory now and then, but admit that I am not a zealous user. Maybe because I don’t use it enough, the links that pop to the top aren’t always relevant to me. If I click on an article just to see what it is, the engine thinks I am interested in that and then shows me similar things. But half the time the article isn’t interesting once I get to it.

But anyhow, the idea is the right idea, I think, and it’ll live on elsewhere if not with Findory.