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SearchMe Launches Stacks, Gets Serious About Search Relevance

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New Sequoia-backed visual search engine SearchMe launched a bunch of new features today – new video and image search engines as well as a new visual bookmarking tool called stacks.

The main new feature, stacks, allows users to bookmark and group sites and share them, visually, with others. To create a stack, you simply drag results into a newly created stack. See the how to video below, and here is a sample stack of companies that launched at the TechCrunch40 Conference last year. You can see more public stacks here.

I’ll be the first to admit that the first (private) release of SearchMe was a little rough around the edges. The results look great, and it’s fun to scroll through them like albums in iTunes, but the relevance and ranking wasn’t so hot.

Relevance and ranking is getting better, though. It’s the focus on the company now, says CEO Randy Adams. And the effort is being led by new VP of Research Mike Mathieson, who joined the company three weeks ago from Yahoo, where he was the director of engineering for web relevance.

SearchMe is one of only a handful of companies that indexes the entire web, so they’re serious about evolving into a big search player over the years. Search volume is up to 100,000 – 200,000 queries per day, says Adams. so they must be doing something right. Some users just want the quick text search results that they’re used to, and SearchMe’s visual results just slow down the process. But others (like my parents) like seeing the page before clicking on it.

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