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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Accoona Search Engine - A New Player?

I recently found on some other sites talk of a new search engine Accoona. So after hearing about it, I looked at it's Alexa rating. Today, it's Alexa rating is 256. That's just a little bit better than Ask Jeeves. How is that possible? Well, they launched in December, and apparantly they hired Bill Clinton himself to come to the official launch party of the site. They also have something with the Chinese Government that allows them and only them to be a search engine of the Chinese people.

But the new question is, looking at the Alexa rating and the buzz on the internet, does search relevance really matter to the end user? I ask because after looking at the search engine, I can't find anything there that can't be found at the other big boys. But what's worse, is all the 'natural' results are provided by Overture. So what's going on?

I've also read that Accoona has been spamming blogs lately. Now I think it's fair that we give them the benefit of the doubt on that, hence maybe it's not actually them, just someone who wants to ruin their rep. But anyway, seems there are more players in the search business now. :)

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