Blekko enters search engine market, introduces 'slashtags'

By Jos · 33 replies
Nov 1, 2010
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  1. Many startups have tried to take on the search business in recent years but ultimately failed to steal any significant market away from the usual giants. Unconcerned by the failures of Cuil, Clusty and several others, a small Silicon Valley company with big-name backers is launching a new search engine called Blekko that promises to weed out the ever-proliferating junk and spam sites polluting web results by narrowing searches to groups of websites that people, not computers, have pre-approved as being the best sources of information for particular topics.

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  2. pTk

    pTk TS Rookie

    I'm definitely going to give this a try, I can see me using this for when I'm looking for more specific things and I don't have to dig through Google.
  3. IamBD

    IamBD TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Most people tend to be set in their ways in search, but who knows, it might catch on.
  4. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    While I think Blekko has an interesting spin on web search, by lumping sites together using their slashtags, I don't think the average user will adjust to using these slashtags. The average user doesn't want to be bothered with extraneous info, regardless of whether it'll give you improved searches or not. Average users can't even decide whether / or \ is a forward slash.

    I think another big draw back to Blekko is that it's highly dependent on the community. I'm sure they have a limited staff working on these slashtags, so they're completely at the mercy of their community. If they can get a passionate and active community built around them I think they'll have a decent chance of doing well. If they can't get users to join their cause they'll go down as just another failed search experiment.

    The only other gripe I have is that Blekko doesn't know the answer to life, the universe and everything, but Google sure knows!
  5. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    I always try new stuff as they come along but for search engines I seem to always come back for google.
  6. power users will love this
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Any good search engine has to be eventually based on your search history and browsing experience, which is where the whole privacy issue comes into play. Without it, at best, you'll get what is most popular among a certain group of users, or all users.

    But I do have to attest to the amount of spam clogging search results. In my efforts to eradicate a rather nasty trojan, I discovered that it was a) very obscure, and b) 90% of the search results directed me to a site to download another trojan. And they're getting good, actually faking forums with people asking about viruses, and some others posting offering "solutions".
  8. flocka

    flocka TS Rookie Posts: 40

    nothing more annoying in google, is seeing those links that are worded exactly for what your looking for, and when you click on it, its sum BS website, with nothing related to what your looking for....
  9. TwiztidSef

    TwiztidSef TS Rookie Posts: 49

    I find google annoying when it comes to sites with known spam and rogue malware at the top of the search results. It really sucks when your searching for an obscure hardware driver. I just seems like google is focusing on getting more page impressions and markets.

    I can see how these slashtags could be very beneficial. It really depends on how well the community infrastructure is set up and how well the server runs.
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    (shrugs) Works for me... Bing finds stuff Google doesn't and vice versa - this just adds a 3rd opportunity to find even more things the other two big search engines miss.
  11. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233


    And if nothing else, it just adds more competition to promote better technologies in the other companies.
    Who knows, maybe Bing or Google will buy out Blekko...
  12. xcelofjkl

    xcelofjkl TS Rookie Posts: 86

    I'm surely going to use this for all the computer-related searches I want to read for the next months
  13. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Blekko? Really? That sounds like a feminine hygiene product.

    Well, more power to the user, I guess. I see Google buying this in the future.
  14. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Well, it seems to lack on searching capabilities, just database wise, compared with Google, but it's still a beta and I see it having it's niche. Ultimately, though, have to agree, this will be just bought by Google and copied by Bing in the end, but until then, who knows.
  15. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    Looks interesting... They even might grab some market share from Search engines /popular /google... hmmm I'm getting the hang of it! :)
  16. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    Lyrics? Those sites are most full of adware/viruses of any non porn sites.
  17. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    Even though I agree with what they're trying to do, my guess is they won't be competing with google anytime soon.
  18. Flipcharm

    Flipcharm TS Rookie

    Interesting concept, but I don't think it will stick.

    Plus, for our regular /freeporn ”researcher”, it has one character too many when compared to Google
  19. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,648   +1,091

    It is a new idea but like many others it is doomed to be just a little fish in an ocean called google. I wish them good luck and maybe they "force" google or bing to implement something similar.
  20. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,283   +900

    I wasnt going to read this, but it sounds pretty neat will check it out.
  21. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    well, it has a silly name, so they got that right. might give it a try
  22. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    This does sound intriguing and I'll give it a shot. Especially for more obscure things that Google just can't handle and forces me to sort through spam sites. Just curious if the average PC user will try this or think it's to complicated.

    So true and sad, lol. Definitely annoying when the media uses it incorrectly on a DAILY basis...[Link]

    Heh, it does link you to the correct wiki entry :) . They should add it since both Bing and Wolfram already provide the correct answer.
  23. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    I might give this a try. Hey, maybe they will steal Google's award for "Best Job"...
  24. mtrenal

    mtrenal TS Enthusiast Posts: 46

    I see Google buying this and implementing it into their already far-reaching empire, which is not a bad thing. If anything, it simply means that the employees at Blekko who create slashtag groups will probably be paid more to do the same job and the generic search engine will become even more efficient.
    The only reason that I can see why Google wouldn't want to buy this if it started growing is because it might lower their revenue from sponsored sites and the spam that Blekko is trying to be rid of.

    The cynical side of me says that if this grows independently, companies/groups will pay for their website to be included in certain slashtags where they may or may not be the best fit, which would turn Blekko right back into the spam-fest that their idea supposedly eliminates.
  25. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Exactly, although I haven't bothered with google since bing's launch; I hope these two continue to bang heads and improve overall user experience :)

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