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  • Human-Curated Search Engine Blekko Adds Facebook Comments To Its Search Results

    Human-Curated Search Engine Blekko Adds Facebook Comments To Its Search Results

    Ever since its launch in November 2010, Blekko has been on a mission to eliminate spam and content farms from search results. The human-curated search engine, which is also known both for using actual mammals to edit search results and for its employ of slashtags for easy categorization, announced in March that it had banned over 1 million spammy domain names from its results. Using a new… Read More

  • Blekko Bans 1.1 Million Spammy Domains Via New Algorithm

    Blekko Bans 1.1 Million Spammy Domains Via New Algorithm

    Search engine Blekko says they've banned some 1.1 million spammy domain names from their search results. The banned domains are the result of a new algorithm the company has developed that looks at both poor quality content as well as the types of ads that the domains include along with the content. It's part of their ongoing war, they say, against content farm and other very low quality content. Read More

  • Blekko Now Offers 'Blekkogear' Publisher Tools: Badges, Widgets, And Toolbars, Oh My!

    Blekko Now Offers 'Blekkogear' Publisher Tools: Badges, Widgets, And Toolbars, Oh My!

    Search engine Blekko is taking its initiative to insert itself into the news as much as possible one step further today, and is launching a Blekkogear hub for its publishing tools, presenting a suite of search-related iframe embeds (sorry Wordpress users!) for publishers as well as its already existing toolbar and other goodies. Instead of coming up with its own version of Google Analytics or… Read More

  • The Age Of Relevance

    The Age Of Relevance

    What’s the Next Big Thing after social networking? This has been a favorite topic of much speculation among tech enthusiasts for many years. I think we are already witnessing a paradigm shift – a move away from simple social sharing towards personalized, relevant content. The key element of the next big thing is the increasing significance of the Interest Graph to complement the Social… Read More

  • What I Want in My New Google

    What I Want in My New Google

    I sent my first e-mail message in 1995, to a member of my development team. That was the only person I knew who had an e-mail address in those days.  I also did my first web search around that time. I think I used Lycos for this. I entered some keywords into a text box, separated by Boolean operators, and received a list of web pages that I could click on that referenced these words. Sixteen… Read More

  • Search Still Sucks

    Search Still Sucks

    A decade ago I tried Google for the first time. Like everyone said, it was magic - the result I wanted was right there at the top. For someone who'd been using AltaVista for years before that it was a very pleasant experience. Anyone who was on the Internet before Google came along knows exactly what I'm talking about. Google just felt right. It got the job done. It's been a creeping feeling… Read More

  • Search Underdog Blekko Sees Over 30M Searches In January, More Than 110K Slashtags Created Since Launch

    Search Underdog Blekko Sees Over 30M Searches In January, More Than 110K Slashtags Created Since Launch

    Nowhere has the need for a more diverse search market been more apparent than this week's revelation that Bing was cribbing Google's notes. While Microsoft VP Harry Shum and Google's Matt Cutts squabbled on a panel together at the Farsight 2011 conference, Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta looked on, more a human symbol of the call for greater market diversity than anything else. Earlier in the week Blekko… Read More

  • How Google Ambushed Microsoft and Changed the Subject

    How Google Ambushed Microsoft and Changed the Subject

    I wrote about the epic battles that are brewing between spammers and content farms—which are turning the web into a massive garbage dump—and search providers, which have to choose between profit and customer satisfaction. This is a serious problem. The content farms are “dumbing down” the web by churning out thousands of mostly low-quality articles, every day, on topics that Google tells… Read More

  • Blekko Takes Curated Search Mobile With iPhone And Android Apps

    Blekko Takes Curated Search Mobile With iPhone And Android Apps

    Blekko, the search engine that is fighting the good fight against web spam with human editors, is joining biggies Google and Bing in the mobile search arena today with an Android and iPhone application double whammy. Says Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta, “In a world where people want the most relevant answers on the go, mobile search is becoming increasingly more significant." Read More

  • The Future of Search: Who Will Win The Spam Wars?

    The Future of Search: Who Will Win The Spam Wars?

    Sometimes, all it takes is a little spark to set off a major forest fire. That is what seems to have happened with my New Year’s Day post on Why We Desperately Need a New (and Better) Google. Over the last two months, there has been an avalanche of articles echoing my post, including New York Magazine, Business Insider, GigaOm, TechCrunch, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. I had a feeling that… Read More