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Wikiseek - The Better Way to Search Wikipedia
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
In the past couple of years, Wikipedia the self proclaimed "...biggest multilingual free-content encyclopedia on the Internet..." has really become popular and a trusted source of information and data for everyone from young students to savvy web surfers. Even the major search engines such as Google and Yahoo! like Wikipedia judging by the number of results in their search index.
WikiseekSo with over two million articles (and growing), how does one sift through all of that data in Wikipedia? The answer is through a new tool known as Wikiseek. Wikiseek is a new search engine that indexes only Wikepedia and the linked sites referenced therein. Wikipedis is powered by Searchme. According to Wikiseek, this makes it an "authoritative source of information less subject to spam and SEO schemes." Well I'm not sure about that, but it does make it potentially more relevant. Wikiseek claims "Wikiseek utilizes Searchme's category refinement technology, providing suggested search refinements based on user tagging and categorization within Wikipedia, making results more relevant than conventional search engines". Well I'm not sure how accurate that is, I tried a few queries and was not that satisfied with the results that I received. Try a search for "wikiseek" with no results being returned. That just means that wikiseek currently is not listed in Wikipedia. A search for Google in Wikiseek returned 6,304 results with the top listing being Wikipedia's listing for Google Answers. A search for Yahoo returned 10,800 results and a search for Windows Live returned 6,165 results. So according to Wikiseek, based on listings in Wikipedia, the Top 3 Search Engines in order are:
  1. Yahoo
  2. Google
  3. Windows Live (missing 2nd spot by only 139 listings)
For those interested, there is a Wikiseek Search Toolbar Plugin. If you use IE7, Firefox 1.5+, or Mozilla/Netscape 6+, you can add Wikiseek Search to your Toolbar. One of the cool features of Wikiseek is that they present you with an option of refining your search at the top of the page once you have performed a query.
It will be interesting to see how popular Wikiseek will become.... or maybe it will just fade into oblivion?
posted by Jody @ Tuesday, January 16, 2007  
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