Sunday, October 03, 2004
I'm Feeling Clusty... Uh... Eww
One of the big news items over the last few days has been the new search engine, Clusty (for clustering), from Vivisimo. Here's everybody who's talked about it:
- Google Blogoscoped
- The Unofficial Google Weblog - Clusty (god, I hate typing it) is a thing of beauty. Narrow your search results by drilling into a hierarchical foldure structure in the left-hand sidebar. Preview target Web sites in decent-sized panes that open right on the search results page—this means you can actually surf your results without ever leaving the results page. Google is resting on its algorithm (which doesn’t always hold up under the pressure) and its brand strength. But we are inexorably moving toward a post-Google-is-all world.
- google-blog.dirson.com - For instance, if we search 'bush kerry', Clusty returns the information within folders called 'Iraq', 'Political', 'Poll', ... The same technology is used to search news, images, blogs, within the Wikipedia or gossip indeed.
- John Battelle's Search Blog
- The Associated Press - "There is almost too much information on the Internet now," said Vivisimo CEO Raul Valdes-Perez. "We think we have a better way to differentiate the results." Naming the new search engine Clusty probably wasn't the best choice, said industry observer Chris Sherman, predicting many people will confuse the site with Krusty the Clown from the TV show, "The Simpsons."
- Greg Linden - The quality of the clustering seems quite high. Vivisimo's clustering technology was already impressive. This new offering seems quite compelling, a strong alternative to Google.
- Research Buzz
- Search Engine Watch
- Search Engine Lowdown - I would imagine that they're going for just that word association. Help it stay in a searchers mind. It's got to be easier to remember than Vivisimo.
- Search Engine Journal - A Customize! tab gives you the option to add eBay, Slashdot, or Blogs search tabs – why not just list all that stuff by default? I find Clusty pretty good. A little slow, but pretty good. I don’t like the ‘blog search aspect.
- Search Engine Watch Blog here and here
- The New York Times
- Steve Rubel
- Chicago Tribune - a solution to the biggest failing of Google and most other search engines
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