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Yase

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Yase

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New search engines continue to pop up; I counted at least three new ones in the last few weeks. In my January News-Link Spotlight article, which highlighted a new search engine for the "tagosphere" called Wink, I termed this phenomenon YASE--Yet Another Search Engine. Entrepreneurs will continue to chase that elusive goal of devising technology that improves search results for users and that takes searchers away from Google.

One newcomer has chosen the unfortunate (IMHO) name of DumbFind. It generated some buzz among search engine watchers and bloggers last September while in beta. DumbFind uses a two-box search method to let users combine traditional keywords with topics or categories. Then, before results are served up to users, the DumbFind engine sorts its findings into related "tag clusters" so they can be more intelligently ranked to match the searcher's real intent. It's an interesting concept that could appeal to those with social tagging experience, though I wasn't very impressed with the search results in my limited testing.

Social networking is also the basis of a new community-oriented search engine from iLOR, LLC called PreFound. …

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