SearchWiki vs. Open Source Search

November 18th, 2008 by Livingston | Print SearchWiki vs. Open Source Search

Next Steps for Search?  Collaborative and customizable search results.  Two major players, Google and the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, are tackling this challenge.  SearchWiki will allow for customizable results shown only to the user, this seems more similar to bookmarking than tweaking Google’s super-secret search algorithm.  However, there is an option to “see how the community has collectively edited the search results by clicking on the “See all notes for this SearchWiki” link”.  I’m interested to see how this feature works, since most searches are not entirely the same.

Jimmy Wales’ open source search project may level the playing field, neutralizing many of the SEO best practices used by sites, large companies that can afford to focus both their attention and advertising dollars to a top page ranking.

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