Entries from July 2008

The Problem: Too Many Results

July 29th, 2008

Cuil just launched their search engine which boasts the largest index on the internet with 120 billion pages. (121,617,892,992 to be precise, as posted on their home page.) While the exact numbers are not always made available, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft also all have 10s of billions of pages in their indexes. Having as comprehensive […]

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Tags: Discovery · Personalization · Reformulation · Research

Yeah, We’re Cool

July 28th, 2008

Today Surf Canyon was awarded “Cool Site of the Day” by… well… www.CoolSiteoftheDay.com. They’re quite cool, too.

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Tags: Media

v1.1.2 – The “Google Preview” Edition

July 22nd, 2008

Today the latest release of Surf Canyon was unleashed upon the world. The most important development is the enhanced compatibility with the Firefox version of Google Preview, which is available on addons.Mozilla.org. Google Preview “inserts preview images (thumbnails) of web sites into the Google and Yahoo search results pages” and these previews are now available […]

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Tags: Announcements · Collaboration · Media · Testimonials

Fast & Easy Wordnet Java

July 21st, 2008

One of the techniques that Surf Canyon uses to determine if a search result is relevant to your query is to examine synonyms. Princeton University provides Wordnet, a structured lexicon that acts as a dictionary and thesaurus. There are a few open source Java libraries that provide a Java API to Wordnet. We tried using […]

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Tags: Code

v1.1.1 – Toss Your Cookies

July 2nd, 2008

v1.1.1 of the extension was released today. Here are the major improvements: Now works if your browser does not accept cookies User interface translated to Deutsch and Português Craigslist enhancements Various patches and performance enhancements

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Tags: Announcements

Givin’ ’em What They Want

July 1st, 2008

Kaila Colbin, who blogs for VortexDNA, had some very flattering comments in a MediaPost Search Insider article entitled “Speculating in (Online) Real Estate”: “I love this idea [Surf Canyon] for a few reasons. It fits neatly into what the user is already doing at the time: no upskilling or behavioral change necessary. It integrates beautifully […]

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Tags: Media · Testimonials