Wowd and Yebol: Search Engines Not Yet Ready for Prime-Time

June 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The tech folks at CNET recently reviewed two newcomers to the already crowded search engine market, giving them lukewarm reviews in execution, but with an A for effort. The two new search engines, Wowd and Yebol are seeking to cash in on the growing profitability of search advertising revenue.

Of the two, Wowd, unlike its name doesn’t exactly wow with its shared search concept of connecting one big cloud of users’ computers. The Wowd concept provides search results based on an index of sites that shared users are linking to. The benefit of such a search engine is a quick way to discover what search terms and websites are hot.

The drawbacks are the need to install resident software on your computer to be able to participate and contribute to the search data, and unresolved privacy issues.

The search engine has the ability to access the deep web of sites requiring entering data into forms, but it excludes sites containing personal data, such as bank account pages. Users can also exclude pages from a search, but privacy issues remain. To use this search engine, you have to hand over your personal search history to share in the search cloud.

Yebol on the other hand, is a standard semantic search engine, developed by Honfeng Yin, based on neural network technology and the associative memory model of algorithms. Yebol boasts an index of one billion pages and its technology runs Amazon’s on-demand cloud services.

Its search page results are similar to Bing’s, displaying the search terms next to the results. Yebol however, offers something new by also displaying related words to your original search query.

But, the search engine upstart failed at producing satisfactory results with long search terms and offers a spare listing of sites with no content description.

Wowd is available in private beta and Yebol is set to publicly launch sometime this summer.



2 Responses to “Wowd and Yebol: Search Engines Not Yet Ready for Prime-Time”

  1. Mark on June 10th, 2009 3:04 pm

    Great article; thanks for the analysis. (I work for Wowd, by the way.)

    To be fair, the Wowd privacy issues are not ‘unresolved’.

    The way it works is really simple. With a Wowd browser app running on your computer, a local decision is made when you visit a web page. The question is, is the web page public? If it is, then the page is nominated for inclusion in the Wowd index. Your visit does not actually cause the page to be indexed there and then. The page is actually indexed from somewhere else, later on.

    So you don’t need to share your search history, or your surfing history, for Wowd to work. Your visiting public pages simply nominates them for crawling (by another machine, not yours). So it’s impossible for Wowd to collect any private data. This is not a P2P network that tries to make it possible to share your personal files with other people on the network… this is a P2P search cloud that uses human intelligence to find the good — and public — pages to put in the index.

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