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Wikiseek, Guruji, Sproose and Blackle (2006-2007)

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Wikiseek was a search engine that indexed Wikipedia pages and pages that were linked to from Wikipedia articles. The search engine was founded by Palo Alto and was officially launched on January 17, 2007. The first public beta of Windows Live Search was unveiled on March 8, 2006, with the final release on September 11, 2006 replacing MSN Search. The new search engine used search tabs that include Web, news, images, music, desktop, local, and Microsoft Encarta.

Guruji is an Indian Internet search engine that is focused on providing better search results to Indian consumers, by leveraging proprietary algorithms and data in the Indian context. Wikia was a free and open-source Web search engine launched as part of Wikia (originally Wikicities) operated by Wikia, Inc.

Sproose is a consumer search engine launched in August 2007 by founder Bob Pack. Sproose provides web search results from partners including MSN, Yahoo! and Ask. Sproose intends to have better-quality results than algorithmic search engines because its users are able to influence the ranking order of the search results by voting for websites (which moves them up in the order of search results) and deleting bad or spam results. Blackle is a website powered by Google Custom Search, which aims to save energy by displaying a black background and using grayish-white font color for search results. The concept behind Blackle is that computer monitors can be made to consume less energy by displaying much darker colors.

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Written by Bobby

May 23, 2010 at 5:03 am

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