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Why are there so many new search engines?

Google has dominated the search space for a while but there are a number of "new" players that approach the problem from a different perspective.

Microsoft has a new search engine called Bing, which is supposed to be more semantics based. With features like:

-Best Match: All the relevant results are showed up with the most relevant link on the top and called out
-Instant Answers: One-click access to the information listed in the search results.
-Deep Links: Talks more about the resources of the particular site
-Bing Maps: These maps for Enterprise are actually Virtual Earth, Microsoft’s mapping platform
-Bing Travel Rate Key: comparison of the Hotel’s the location, price and amenities will be represented in color coded manner
-Video Search: where you can search for videos by length, screen size, resolution, and source

Wolfram Research has announced a tool called Wolfram|Alpha that will disrupt what people think about search. It computes the answer to your queries, deriving the results from what it finds instead of directing you to other sources of information. You can type in "Mars" and see a summary of mathematical characteristics.

I am sure there are other new ones out there that focus on a specific capability or function. It just makes me wonder why so many new ones in such a short period of time.


Tags: progmic
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