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Training and Consulting in New Tools for Effective Web Use

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Search Engine News

Awards

Search Engine Watch released today their 5th annual awards for the best search engines in a number of different categories. That post is here. It's interesting, and may be especially so for people who don't know about many of the search engines that won awards.

Some of the most intriguing details include:

Outstanding Search Service: Yahoo
2nd place: Google Honorable Mention: AskJeeves

Best MetaSearch Engine: Jux2

Best Blog/Feed Search Engine: Bloglines
2nd Place: Feedster Honorable Mention: Technorati

I think Technorati should have won this category, I believe their index is far bigger than anyone else and there are more projects, like Technorati Tags, are integrating multiple services to achieve something entirely new. And the Technorati developers contest - way cool, especially the winner, govtrack.us Maybe I just haven't been paying enough attention to the other two winners, though. I'll spend some more time checking them out and write a comparative review of blog/feed search engines sometime soon.

They also gave some props to Clusty. They didn't mention desktop search, however.

Money

Speaking of which, the purported champ of desktop search, Copernic looks like it's being bought by metasearch engine Mamma. Interestingly, Mamma is being sued by shareholders for inflating the worth of their stocks in an alleged "pump and dump" action. Oh the scandalous world of semi-obscure internet search engines!

Ask Jeeves was just acquired for nearly $2 billion. There is a flurry of search and other net buy outs going on right now, as is summarized well by Seattlite Greg Linden

What does it mean for users? We'll see how it plays out. I'll write more about that after I get a chance to think about it. Anyone else have any thoughts on the subject?

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