An update on my 2006 “Search Engines by location” article

Back in November 2006 I wrote this post:  Search Companies by Location.  Time to check in on the list.  It’s a bit of a randomish list.  I mean what exactly is a search company?

And obviously there are lots of new companies so maybe some day I’ll make a new list.  But here’s the list from 2006 updated with current status:

United States

Silicon Valley/Peninsula/South Bay
A9 – Palo Alto still there
Become – Mountain View – Sunnyvale
Collarity – Palo Alto  still there
Google – HQ in Mountain View  still there last I checked
Kosmix – Mountrain View  acquired by Walmart Labs, moved to San Bruno
Krugle – Menlo Park   Redwood City
Oodle – San Mateo still there
Riya – San Mateo  became Like.com and then purchased by Google (right?)
Spock    acquired by Intelius in 2009
Surfwax – Menlo Park  not sure
Yahoo – HQ in Sunnyvale  yup yup
Zvents – San Mateo   i think still there

San Francisco
Groxis  closed
LookSmart  my former company carries on as an advertising network. still in SF
Powerset acquired my Microsoft, still has an office in SF
Rojo  not sure, but rojo.com redirects to blogs.com
Technorati still in SF
Trulia still in SF

East Bay
Ask – HQ in Emeryville still there
Seeqpod – Emeryville  closed

Washington State
Findory – Seattle, WA  closed
Infospace – HQ in Bellevue still there.  corporate name is now blucora (at least I think that’s what’s going on)
MSN – HQ in Redmond ok
Zillow – Seattle still there

Elsewhere in the US
Answers.com – New York, NY and Jersulem, Israel.  hq in St. Louis.  owned by AFCV Holdings, LLC (I think)
AOL – Dulles, VA  hq in New York City now
BusyTonight – NYC closed
Gigablast – Albuqurque, NM  still there
Icerocket – Dallas, TX  still there
Indeed – Stamford, CT and Austin, TX  hq in Stamford
Lycos (Hotbot) – Waltham, MA  still in Waltham. owned by Ybrant Digital.
MetaGlossary – Aventura, FL Palo Alto
Relona – Nashua, NH  still there
Searchles – Washington D.C.  still there
Snap – Pasadena, CA  not sure
Vivisimo (Clusty) – Pittsburgh, PA still there

Outside the US

Exalead – France  Paris, France
Kartoo – France  meta search
Lexxe – Australia Epping, Australia

Not sure where these are located

Accoona  ?
Eurekester -SF, New Zealand?  San Francisco
Dogpile part of Infospace.  HQ in Bellevue
Keotag New Caledonia (?)
Ixquick The Netherlands
Metacrawler another infospace property
Metafind another infospace property
Rawsugar appears to be closed
Rollyo appears to be closed
Webcrawler another infospace property
Wink part of mylife.com

BuzzFeed article: Searching For Pizza In 2008 Vs. Today

Interesting observation in this article: Searching For Pizza In 2008 Vs. Today.

On the left is a Google search for -pizza- in 2008. On the right is a current screen capture. The pictures says it all:

How many homepages does Yahoo build every single day?

Really cool way to visualize the scale happening on the Yahoo front page:

http://www.visualize.yahoo.com/core/

Web search engine query language – what’s it called?

I have a question:

Natural language search is: what is the population of Portland?
Boolean search is: salt AND pepper

So what do we call the sort of “regular” syntax that web search engines have made so popular and common as a way to query for information?

Watson is just a super search engine

Not like I’m so smart or anything since I’m sure lots of people thought the same thing, but the first thing that went through my mind when I heard about Watson was that it was a search engine disguised as a Jeopardy contestant.

Watson is just a super search engine.

If you’ve ever wondered what search quality/editorial/analysis people like me do at search engines, a big part of our jobs is training and evaluating machine-learning systems like Watson.