2010-01-13T22:07:18+01:00

I found it!

Of course someone else already did it, what were you expecting Jozef? Well the same thing and I knew it (just read on), but it took some time to find it.

What I'm talking about? Quintura a search engine based on tag cloud. I've seen this kid of searching before in Open Clip Art so I was really not expecting to come up with something new at all, sorry, next time I'll fail again, don't worry. ;-) The idea is really nice. Using tag cloud to hint search directions - positive and also negative keywords. Cool!

Anything else? Yes! Besides some more exercise with JQuery my little project opened my eyes. I've started to look for some more search engines. Out of my mind I knew just couple of them ~10. So I went to wikipedia search engines which lists couple more and finally to wikipedia list of search engines.

And? Google, Yahoo, Bing, Wikipedia. This guy has really limited view of the topic! Exactly... So I looked a little deeper and found the top 100 list. 100? Sounds awful. Well according to GoshMe there are more than half a million search engines out there on the Internet. Believe or not let's not count them by hand.

And finally I found this - Segev, Elad (2008). "Search engines and power: A politics of online (mis-) information." Webology, 5(2), Article 54. Available at: http://www.webology.ir/2008/v5n2/a54.html. If you are not fan of reading long articles here are some citations from it to support the motivation:

It is argued and indicated that the dominant American search engines tend to commodify online information and intensify the asymmetry of information flow worldwide, supporting the growth of mainstream, commercial and very often US-centric information. It is therefore suggested that together with their important role in organizing the Web, search engines reinforce certain inequalities and understandings of the world. it has been suggested that any new type of search engine will either be acquired by one of the bigger American hubs or become commercialized in order to support its competitive position. Consequently, it will not be able to sustain information equality and diversity of alternative views, and will mainly represent the views of the richer and more popular nodes. support its competitive position. Consequently, it will not be able to sustain information equality and diversity of alternative views, and will mainly represent the views of the richer and more popular nodes. richer and more popular nodes. Hence, it is suggested that behind the so-called "transparent" services there are various political, economic and increasingly informational forces that continuously shape and reshape the representation of the World.

One other information caught my attention - Quaero a build in progress that got couple M€. According to the page 298, according to the wikipedia 99 from FR government (which is not listed on the official page at all). One million more or less ;-) definitely it is interesting budget.

And the takeovers? There Is More Than One Way To Do It. There Is More Than One View Of The World. And that the pages one visits are shaping an reshaping the personal world and opinions. Obvious? Yes, now yes for me. :-)

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