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April 24, 2008
I typically roll my eyes at Web 2.0 stuff, but this is actually kinda groovy.
14 years ago
I'm pretty 2.0 jaded but that is something neat. Who are these guys? Hopefully not some Google skunkworks project, it'd be nice to see a new entrant in the search engine biz.
Definitely not Google... they're using a different search criteria. I know because my blog is the #11 result for "wendell" there (also #17 on Yahoo, #9 on Ask and #51 on MSN) but I paged through over a hundred "wendells" in SearchMe without finding any trace of ... ME!
Good grief, I wonder what criteria they're using? My site is usually #11-15 in Google results for the search "knitting blog." (A very competitive category - non-knitters, just take my word for it.) I wasn't even able to find my site in SearchMe. Sour grapes, you might suspect. But check this out, the first batch* of results includes:
Three posts to
the Oregonian's knitting blog
This is the only blog to be represented more than once. (No single blog should have more than one entry in a search result - so why this one? Did they have a larger ad spend?)
A "my blog has moved" page from
old URL. (This page must be at least 5 years old. It's definitely an antique. It contains no content. Why is it even showing up, much less in the top 10 results?)
A defunct knitting blog, which has been dead for many years.
An incredibly lame
with a grand total of five (count 'em!) links.
About 20 knitting blogs that I've never heard of, and I do this for a living.
Conspicuously absent: all of the most popular knitting blogs (save
). Any search engine that doesn't return
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's blog
anywhere in the first 30 results
for "knitting blog" is obviously grossly mis-coded. There's a reason that Google's on top. They do search
I'm sure "knitting blogs" isn't a search term most people here are familiar with. Try something from your own area of expertise and see what happens. SearchMe is pretty, but completely useless. * "First batch" being defined as "As far as I was able to click before I got bored." Say 30-40.
If you're wondering who's responsible for SearchMe - well, their site won't tell you. Evidently it's a secret? However, the WHOIS record lists a physical address in Palo Alto. The same physical address being used by
recently received financing from Sequoia for a super-secret stealth project
. Said stealth project evidently involves
a very poorly-behaved web crawler
Thanks for the sleuthing, mecha! I wonder if Mr. Adams will have the financial fortitude to withstand Apple's lawyers...