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Thursday, June 21, 2007

New search engine delivers better links, faster!

I am very glad to announce that we have now deployed a completely new search engine on Netvouz. This new technology has been developed during the past 2-3 months and a week ago we began migrating the existing database onto the new improved design (a design which will also allow us to roll out a number of new features which will improve the social aspects of Netvouz). So after several days, weeks, months of hard work it was finally time to make the switch.

This new search engine technology is capable of delivering the best and most relevant results from the links on Netvouz for each subject. Regardless if you search on tag (i.e. browsing by tags) or perform a free-text search using the search field it will return relevant content, free from spam and nonsense links. This is a huge improvement over the old search engine which always came back with lots of spam and irrelevant links, pretty much regardless of what you searched for.

But improved link quality is not all. The new engine is also a lot faster. And because it is also highly tunable we will constantly tune it to deliver better and better results, faster and faster.

For an example of what the new engine delivers, let's shoot a few queries. Let's say we're interested in web design and especially CSS. Netvouz then suggests we take a look at A list apart, css Zen Garden, and HTML Goodies, web sites which all deal with web design, HTML coding and CSS in particular. Good choices, and we could learn a lot from visiting these sites. OK, so now we want to go shopping and what could be a better place to start than by finding the best prices at Price Watch, Priceline, or PriceGrabber. Now let's try to see what Netvouz suggest on another popular topic, cooking diet food. I haven't visited these sites myself but their names sound promising; The World's Healthiest Foods and Over 100 Quick and Easy Healthy Foods.

I hope you all appreciate the much improved search results!


P.S. I recently googled for a radio controlled helicopter, the Lama v4, and much to my surprise Google turns up my own Netvouz bookmarks as hit #4! It must be a sign, so I have now bought one of these as well!


Anonymous said...

The new search engine look good :-)

Henrik said...

Hello Marco,

I think so too (what a surprise)!! It needs a bit of tuning to really shine, however, but it's a significant improvement over the previous one!

And it's a important factor for us to be able to roll out some of the new social features we have in plan.

Have a good one!


William Smith said...

Dear Henrick:

My name is William Smith, and I have a brief editorial question about a page on the Netvouz blog. On this URL http://blog.netvouz.com/ you have the heading "New search engine delivers better links, faster!."

Become.com is a search engine designed to help consumers searching for products on the web. In June of 2008, Become.com was selected as Best Search & Comparison Site


by the Sloan Center http://sloan.ucr.edu/ at the University of California, Riverside.

Become helps consumers conduct research and compare prices, for example: http://www.become.com/running-shoes

Would you consider taking a look at Become.com, and including our site in a future article or adding a link to our site, as you feel it is merited?

I have included a short overview of Become.com below, and should you need anything I'd be happy to reply to email or speak with you by phone.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
William Smith

Overview of Become.com

Become.com is a comparison search engine designed to help consumers doing product research on the web. Become.com crawls over 3.2 billion web pages specifically from guides, expert reviews, consumer reviews, articles, specifications, forums, merchants, and a variety of other useful information to help consumers make better buying decisions. Become.com also has a "Nearby Stores" feature that allows users to plug in a zip code and get store names, addresses, phone numbers, hours and Maps. Our education site, Education.Become.com offers comprehensive information on degrees at prestigious accredited online Universities.

William Smith
Product Specialist
Become, Inc.
640 W. California Avenue, Suite 110
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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