Google released their co-op search engine last week. Over the weekend I put together a quick and dirty test that I’ve been adding sites to over the past few days. Give it a whirl here if you’re interested. Search for something fun like “fuel cells”. Then go back and do the same thing at google.com.
You quickly see the power of federated search- it cuts out on the noise and allows you to focus on relevant information. (This is one of the key benefits one of our portfolio companies, Magpie, offers.)
I have been using the Swicki on my site, which is a federated search engine as well, however I’m not sure the Swicki can get into some of the sites that Google appears to be able to index.
If user generated content is the topic du jour – does this mean that user generated search will be the next Big Thing?