24 June, 2009

And then comes Collecta

It seems there is now a frenzy in launching 'new' search engines. A few weeks ago, Wolfram Alpha was launched, then came Bing. A few days ago there was CrowdEye; and now we have Collecta:

Collecta is not like other search engines.

The web is alive with real-time information. So why search a stale archive? Collecta monitors the update streams of news sites, popular blogs and social media, and Flickr, so we can show you results as they happen. Give it a try.

That's what Collecta says. And this is what others have so far said about it:

  • If you have a completely new search engine -- in other words, one that's not a renamed version of Windows Live Search -- you need to give it a niche that somehow emphasizes the quality of its results compared to those from Google. Wolfram Alpha's niche of choice is the intelligence of its results, in an effort to wring the educational power out of the verbal sponge that is the Internet. So that slot's taken for now............the ideal of Collecta is that it searches content that tends to be updated quickly and frequently, and that it conducts those searches on the fly -- it's truly searching for what you've asked it to search for, rather than look up results from a massive index. Beta News

  • Collecta is a new real-time search engine that taps into Twitter, Flickr, blog comments, and news sites--all at once. Users are able to quickly filter which sources they want to search from, and can leave multiple searches running continuously, so that the latest content keeps rising to the top.........What I really like is that you can just leave it running in the background, and come back to check on searches throughout the day. I often do the same thing with TweetDeck with Twitter searches, but what's nice about Collecta is that it's grabbing search results from multiple sources. Cnet

  • The Big G comes up whenever online search is discuessed and every other release is compared to it. What works for the masses might not work for all. Google has always been trying to innovate the ’search’ with new betas coming out from GoogleLab just too often. But, recently there are a few search engines which are trying to push the search dimensions further than where Google has already reached. While Microsoft’s Bing is adding decision making to your search, the newly launched Collecta gives you ‘real time search’. OnlyGizmos

  • As we become inundated with more and more streams of data from Twitter, Facebook, blog, Flickr, and everywhere else, we need better ways to search what is happening right now. Twitter, Facebook, and Google are working on their own real-time search efforts, along with a slew of startups including OneRiot, Scoopler, and CrowdEye (which launched last night). The latest entrant in the real time search wars is Collecta........What you are getting with Collecta is the pure stream of what is happening right now. If you want to refine that then you can do that by refining your search terms. The Washington Post

  • If you're in the market for some real-time search results, Collecta offers filtered news, blog comments, images, and more at a really rapid clip.......We've covered methods of monitoring real-time searches before, and previously mentioned TweetGrid certainly wins the prize for most parallel search options. Few sites, however, offer the kind of filtering that Collecta does. Lifehacker

  • Two new search engines are challenging market leader Google and Microsoft's much-touted Bing: Collecta and CrowdEye. Collecta and CrowdEye say they offer better and more timely information via real-time search results. Collecta offers dynamic real-time results, and is likened to a search feed. CrowdEye searches Twitter for real-time info. Newsfactor

I tried Collecta last evening. I searched for Hadhramout, Hadhramaut, Yemen, Islam and Muslim. The results I got were at times interesting, but I found Collecta dull, at times very slow and many times it didn't come up with any proper results. Still, it's in beta; and it's innovative and evolutionary. And what's more - it gets the big guys: Google, Yahoo and Bing into thinking more and getting even better.