Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing, continued to gain market share in the U.S. market during its second week of release, according to research firm comScore. During that period, which extended from June 8-12, Microsoft‚Äôs share of search result pages in the U.S. increased 12.1 percent, also increasing by 3 percentage points from the week before Bing‚Äôs June 1 release. In addition to traditional “page of hyperlinks” search, Bing also offers subject categories such as “Images” and “Shopping” that allow for a more specific drilling-down by users. Full Story : eWeek.com….(Continue reading)
According to comScore’s preliminary study, Microsoft’s latest effort to dethrone Google in the search-engine wars is posting gains. The results show substantial improvement in Microsoft’s position in the search market in the days following Bing’s launch. Microsoft increased its average daily penetration among U.S. searchers from 13.8 percent during the period of May 26-30 to 15.5 percent during the period of June 2-6, according to comScore. The research firm concluded this is an indication that the search engine is reaching more people than before. Microsoft’s share of search-result pages in the U.S., a proxy for overall search intensity, increased from 9.1 percent to 11.1 percent during the same time frame. Full Story : Yahoo….(Continue reading)
Bing, Microsoft’s new search engine, went live in the U.S. this weekend, aiming to challenge and possibly unseat industry titan Google. But bloggers and Internet safety experts quickly discovered that one of Bing’s “features” is that it takes only a few clicks for anyone ‚Äî of any age ‚Äî to view explicit pornographic videos without even leaving the search engine. Bing includes an “autoplay” tool that lets users preview videos simply by hovering a mouse over them. That asset may become a liability, because users can get a taste of porn videos on Bing instead of having to go to a smutty Web site ‚Äî an innovation other search engines have yet to offer. Full Story : Foxnews.com…..(Continue reading)
The size of the web isn’t the problem for search, Google co-founder Sergey Brin claimed at the Google IO conference this week. Instead, the problem is the kind of questions search users want answered. Brin says adding intelligence to search is the way to solve the problem. He said,”For a long time Google has not just searched for your exact terms, using things like synonyms. Over time you’ll see those kinds of techniques increase ‚Äì and you’ll see some surprises in the next few years.” Full Story : TechRadar.com….(Continue reading)
Microsoft’s new search engine is reportedly dumping its codename, Kumo, in favor of the brand name Bing. To get the word out, Microsoft is planning a massive advertising campaign to launch its new search brand. Bing’s debut will feature a $80 to $100 million online, TV, print, and radio advertising campaign, according to AdvertisingAge. This week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to demonstrate Bing during the D: All Things D conference, which runs from May 26 through 28. Full Story : PCWorld.com….(Continue reading)
Microsoft will demonstrate its long-awaited next-generation search technology, code-named Kumo, next week at the D: All Things Digital technology conference, according to reports. Kumo, a name sources say is not final, is expected to include more than just changes to the look of Microsoft’s search engine. Among the expected enhancements is the inclusion of semantic search technology Microsoft got as part of last year’s purchase of Powerset.¬† Full Story : CNet.com….(Continue reading)
The Department of Justice is looking into a proposed settlement by Google Inc. with authors of books it wants to put online, according to news reports. Google made the settlement with representatives of book publishers and authors such as the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild. As part of the deal, Google said it would pay $125 million into a book rights fund used to pay authors and publishers. Full Story : BusinessJournal…..(Continue reading)
Duck Duck Go is a new general purpose search engine. After impressed by its relevant, faster results and the unique approach to display the results, we decided to post this interview with its founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg.
Q. How is DuckDuckGo differ from other Search Engines?
Major differences include Zero-click Information, Category Pages,ambiguous keyword detection, topic detection (for more relevant results), simpler links and much less spam. Here’s a quick explanation of each. Duck Duck Go has topic summaries, images and related topics that give you quality information with zero clicks,i.e. “Zero-click Information.” We also have two kinds of special pages: Category Pages group topics about similar concepts and Meaning Pages (for ambiguous keyword detection) group topics with similar names. These special pages enable you to discover useful information about your search that aren‚Äôt in normal search results.
By building all these special pages Duck Duck Go is aware of a wide array of topics. We use this awareness to detect the presence of topics within search queries, and adjust results accordingly. This semantic adjustment leads to more targeted and thus relevant results. Finally, we have two methods that greatly reduce spam in our index,
compared to other search engines. First, in partnership with The Parked Domains Project, we regularly crawl the Web and omit spam and parked domains we find. That is the bottom-up approach. Second, we also take a top down approach by drawing on human policed sources like Wikipedia, placing links from these sources (note not just to them, but from them), above algorithmically generated links. These links are generally simpler in nature because they have titles and descriptions written by actual people.
Q. What inspired the idea of creating another search engine?
The motivation came from the dissatisfaction with prevailing search engine results. First, I find that the results are too confusing. When you think about how people currently use search, they often just click back and forth between the results, wasting a lot of time in the process. I think this is because the results themselves often don’t
make much sense. Second, and this is related, I find there is just too much spam or otherwise irrelevant results in there.
Quite frankly, I thought I could do better. The features I listed previously I believe get us part way there, but there is still a lot to do of course. I’d say the primary goal of Duck Duck Go is to get you the information you want faster and with less mental effort. And the secondary goal is to get you related information on your search that you also want but were not thinking about initially.
Q. What all features are in your to do list of DuckDuckGo?
There are a lot. I’d like to bring many of the secondary search verticals into the main site, e.g. maps, news, images, blogs, etc. People use these and I believe having them in there will make it easier for people to switch. I’d also like to see the site work
better in other languages and regions. Doing so involves not only translation but more importantly indexing of sources relevant to those languages and regions. Another area I’d like to see improvement on is our blog widgets and toolbars. In particular, I’d like to see us disseminate our Zero-click info and topic detection technology to more places.
Q. What strategies you have to promote DuckDuckGo?
Quite frankly, we’re just now in the process of exploring our options and trying a variety of strategies to figure out what works the best (or at all). These include paid advertising, press, community building, SEO, and viral distribution. Of course, any ideas are greatly appreciated :).
Q. Most of the major search engines are owned by multi million dollar
companies, how did you manage to build the infrastructure to DuckDuckGo?
We’ve skipped a lot of the infrastructure costs initially by using APIs from our various sources, including Wikipedia, Yahoo, Crunchbase, etc. Next, we utilize cloud technologies, specifically Amazon’s EC2 and S3. However, we still do have our own servers. I personally am used to scaling up on little hardware from my last company. At its core, it involves a lot of caching!(Continue reading)
In early discussions that began in the last several weeks that apparently included a face-to-face meeting last week, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer are finally talking about search and also advertising partnerships the companies could possibly strike, said several sources with knowledge of the situation. Full Story : Allthingsd.com….(Continue reading)
Google Inc. made two changes to its search results pages Tuesday that it said would help more effectively direct users to the information they were seeking. The search engine giant said it was launching a technology to better understand what people were looking for online. It also will give longer lines of text, or snippets, after the search title, with relevant words in bold. The addition of snippets pertains only to queries longer than three words. The words of a search typed into Google will be listed in boldface in the snippets. Full Story : LAtimes.com……(Continue reading)
According to a report released by Hitwise, Google has posted a year-over-year increase of 8% in its share of U.S.-based search queries, for a total of 72.11% of all U.S. searches conducted over a four-week period that ended Feb. 28. Yahoo and Microsoft Live received 17.04 %, and 5.56 % respectively. Another interesting fact in the Hitwise report is that people are using more and more long queries for search. Searches with more than eight words increased by 20 %, while shorter queries of four words or less have decreased by 2%.(Continue reading)
A leaked internal memo by a Microsoft employee has revealed a new search engine is in the making by the company. Its possible that the search engine’s name is Kumo. Google led the U.S. core search market in December with 63 percent of the searches conducted. Microsoft has been trying to catch up in the search game(Continue reading)
After years of steady decline, Yahoo’s domestic share numbers had increased for five months in a row. Google’s share, meanwhile, dropped a half-point, to 63%. Yahoo! domestic core search market share increased to 21.0% in January from 20.5% in December.(Continue reading)
The carbon footprint of a search query is nowhere near the estimate concluded by a Harvard academic, Google said late Sunday. Full Story : PCWorld…..(Continue reading)
Verizon Communications Inc picked Microsoft Corp to provide Internet search services for cell phones, in what is seen as a blow to rivals Google Inc and Yahoo Inc. Full Story : Reuters…..(Continue reading)
What have you been searching for lately?. Google has the statistics for what most of us are searching on the net. Google listed the following 10 terms as the fastest rising search terms in the US for 2008.¬† There is no surprise¬† seeing obama and iphone in the list, but I’m bit curious what people are actually looking for by searching “surf the channel”.
6. fox news
8. beijing 2008
9. david cook
10. surf the channel
Yahoo! Inc. today introduced a new open Web services platform, Yahoo! Search BOSS(Build Your Own Search Service). The platform allows third parties a deeper level of access to Yahoo! Search Technology. The platform gives the flexibility to re-rank and control the presentation of Web search results. Yahoo says monetization capability will be added soon to the platform. BOSS is available to any company that wants to participate in the program. Google also offers a similar service called Google Custom Search.Continue reading)
Vodafone Showcased its latest idea at CeBIT, an image based search engine. It’s the first image-based search engine that anyone who has a mobile phone with camera can use. Mobile phone users just snap a picture of anything and send it to service number as a MMS message, Otella check the database for information associated with the photo and deliver it to the mobile phone in seconds. The photos that are sent to the search engine don’t have to satisfy any high quality requirements.(Continue reading)