Open innovation search engines

Google has launched Google Coop , a service which allows you to roll-your own search engine. (Thanks Om .)

It’s a smart idea, allowing  end user communities to create their own slices (or rankings) of the Google index. I would say vertical but in fact this stuff is likely to be as much diagonal, fuzzy or oblong-shaped as it is vertical.

I am experimenting with two Coop engines.

The first is  Trends Potter which is giving better rankings to trend spotting and futurology sites.

The second is Web2.0  which is a desparate attempt to raise venture capital an index of web2.0 related blogs and companies, mostly culled from TechCrunch’s list of firms.

Both Coop engines are open to new collaborators. You can just visit and improve the engines by adding more sites as well as adding keyword refinements. Maybe we’ll create something useful.




  1. Posted October 24, 2006 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    While reading this article I want to invite users for a discussion in my blog

    Can google get Gods mind?

    This was one argument in 2004.I want to validate this argument with diverse opionions by comparing the current trends of google like the one which is described in the post above

    Come on Google users

  2. Posted October 24, 2006 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    I particularly like the idea of bloggers offering a search box directly tied to the RSS feeds they receive. If Azeem had built such a searchbox on his blog page then I would instantly be able to see what, and from where, he’d read about Coop.

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