Sandlines is slightly green (like Kosmix’s brand colours) to learn that said new search ‘explore’ engine has secured a further $20m funding, led by Time Warner. Not bad in the current funding environment.
Kosmix, for those who’ve not come across it before, is a new launch, currently in “beta-ish”, that seeks to provide inspiration, for want of a better term, for people entering search terms who aren’t looking for a specific answer, but want something less precise.
So the results pages throw up a range of sourced answers, coming from places like Yahoo Buzz, Yahoo Answers, news sources, Google search results, ebay, Amazon, Hulu… a pretty broad spectrum.
I checked out a Google phone ‘explore’ to see what I might find – the results are quite interesting. In many ways reminiscent of Google’s own ‘Universal Search’ project, I’m not (yet) convinced that this adds anything beyond the current web capabilities. But people are fickle folk and I don’t believe Google’s near-monopoly on search is invincible or permanent.
Of course, at the moment a lot of the results are very US centric. Hulu’s inclusion (inevitable given the funding) is of course a US only answer at the moment, and the early news feeds are very US-centric. I’ll be trying to get a view from some of my trans-atlantic pals about what their thoughts on it are.
Meanwhile, if you’re interested in the future of search and the potential for where Web 3.0 might go, you should have a play. The only thing I ask is – please let us know what you think back here on Sandlines!
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