Introducing Kosmix search, watch out Google and Wikipedia

After catching a quick tweet from Robert Scoble I stumbled across a live video feed Scoble was producing with the folks from Kosmix.

Kosmix is an "alternative search engine" that received $20 million of funding from Time Warner in December 2008. If you search for a topic in Kosmix instead of a list of results, you get a full page of facts, content and user opinion from sites like Wikipedia, Google Search Results, Flickr, Ebay and Twitter.

Searching for Neowin provides our latest news, latest tagged flickr photos and our YouTube content. It's a pretty impressive aggregator of content for trending topics like Obama.

If you're researching a topic for school, work or to win that bet with your buddy then this will certainly help you get away from the mundane Google search results and pure facts from Wikipedia and offer you a little more to your searches.

Give it a go and let us know what you think in the comments, Wikipedia or Google search killer?

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Kosmix sucks. alot of "Related" stuff and pictures but where is my link to my search's official website? i was looking for disneyworld and came up with videos and pictures but found no official link to the website.

no way it can compete right now....pure garbage

I tried to use it to search for images, but all it does is link you to other search engines/sites/blogs with more links to that you actually want, with no way to filter out by relevance/size/etc. Total fail in that regard...

I was unimpressed.

Cuil ? is that you? lol

personally I can't see a new search engine ever besting google, they have too much market share, and if something starts to compete with it, google will just buy it out or copy its features.

Hah! I totally was thinking the same thing... I just didn't see yours.

Although this isn't a simple search engine... so let's see.

>>personally I can't see a new search engine ever besting google, they have too much market share

Remember that Netscape had over 90% market share, IBM and Apple had a head start over MS, Yahoo was way ahead of Google, etc etc. I agree that google is a great engine, but don't count someone out because someone else is currently ahead.

Peace,
James

I can easily see an alternative search engine building a decent marketshare but it will have to offer something new, whether that's a new layout, better quality results, a new focus (privacy, encryption, social networking, translation of foreign sites, sorting by user preference) or a new way to compile information. Perhaps, like Firefox, it will simply be the search engine with the best support for addons. Regardless, Kosmix and Cuil are definitely a step in the right direction but neither is quite what's needed.

jameswjrose said,
>>personally I can't see a new search engine ever besting google, they have too much market share

Remember that Netscape had over 90% market share, IBM and Apple had a head start over MS, Yahoo was way ahead of Google, etc etc. I agree that google is a great engine, but don't count someone out because someone else is currently ahead.

Peace,
James


Also remember that Microsoft broke the law to crush Netscape and it's browser.

It was a matter of the bigger company could take the fine vs. a better product as a competitor.

The_Decryptor said,
Also remember that Microsoft broke the law to crush Netscape and it's browser.

It was a matter of the bigger company could take the fine vs. a better product as a competitor.


Yes, but now Mozilla is making huge inroads into IEs marketshare. It's always possible.