Sep 30 2008

Pixsy, Video and Image Search

I took another brief look at Pixsy today. While I like the search response, and the content sources searched by Pixsy, I'm still not happy with the duplicate videos returned by the system (duplicates of the same video hosted on different systems, or the same videos posted multiple times on a host like YouTube). Test this out by doing a search for a popular company (one that advertises a fair amount) like American Express or Mastercard ... you'll find duplicate videos.

It would be useful for Pixsy to include a checkbox (and yes, I know this would not be a trivial undertaking) allowing the searcher to "opt-out" of the duplicate videos (perhaps also allowing you to set a preferred list of providers). There is much to like about Pixsy, and I'll continue to use them as a source for my video search needs.

More about Pixsy at:



Sep 27 2008

Scour, Hakia ... Saturday Links of the Day

Just a few links of interest for Saturday.

Check out Scour, a new search engine that uses social characteristics (people vote on search results, which Scour uses to improve the results). While this is still in beta, it is worth checking out ... access it at:

Hakia, a new semantic search engine is also worth a look. Take a look at: How will Hakia improve your search results? Basically, they try to bring more relevant search results (quality vs quantity ... or popularity) back using their proprietary technology that attempts to extract the meaning from a web page, automatically categorizing them and adding additional value, such as highlighting the search terms (read more about the technology at: Search engines like Hakia may hold some promise in dealing with the increasing amount of information on the web.

Sep 26 2008

Iterend ... Search Engine for Blogs / Fast Changing Information

Just checked out Iterend (, a new search engine (currently) focussing on Blogs. They're still in private beta, and it looks like their index is not quite that large, but I found what was retrieved by my sample searches to be relevant. They also have the standard tag cloud, as well as categories for the blogs. Of particular interest to reputation and media monitoring companies is the API, which allows you to integrate Iterend's results into a custom application.

If they can make sure their final index is not full of duplicate and spammy entries, they'll have a nice contender for blog search.  

Sep 26 2008

VideoSurf, New Video Search Engine.

VideoSurf, a new video search engine is currently in beta at: .

This site offers many features:

  • Ability to start videos at certain segments
  • Searches multiple video sources (Google, YouTube, MySpace, etc.)
  • Short text description included
  • Ability to run alerts against search strings
This is another site to watch ... video search needs improvement.
Sep 25 2008

Blog Stats From Technorati

Read about "The State of the BlogSphere 2008", a report compiled by Technorati at: .
Sep 24 2008

Social Mention, Search Multiple Social Media Sites

Social media searchers have another tool in Social Mention ( Social Mention has tabs for searching blogs, mico-blogs, bookmarks, comments, events, images, news and videos. They search web properties such as: Google blog search, Twitter, Delicious, FriendFeed, Flickr, Digg, YouTube and many others. Searching is via a simple search box, and advanced search options are available. Of particular interest is the availability of an API; media monitoring companies may be able to tap into Social Mention's database to search for further analysis.

Overall, this could develop into a good tool; I'd like to see a search option that combines all of the tabs. 

Sep 24 2008

Truveo tops in video search?

Just read about a study (done by the folks at Truveo) claiming that Truveo had the most comprehensive video search results The study compared Truveo, Blinkx, Google Video, Microsoft Live Video Search and Yahoo! Video Search against a series of standard queries. I won't be suprised if the other search engines come out with studies claiming something different ... this simply illustrates that this market is still emerging, and much work needs to be done before a "Google" emerges in video search. 

Read more about this study at:

Sep 23 2008

Have Space Elevator, Will Travel.

I'll probably be long gone before this is built, but I found it interesting that Japan is going to try to build a space elevator. For those folks not familiar with "Space Elevators", they've been a staple in Science Fiction stories for some years ... basically a satellite in geosynchronous orbit tethered to a base station on earth (probably in the middle of the ocean, in case the tethers decide to fall ... ). Cargo would be moved up to orbit at a fraction of the launch cost ... or so the theory goes.

It is nice that a few countries are still thinking about exploration, and expanding horizons ... makes it a much more interesting world! Read more about the space elevator at:

Sep 22 2008

Twitter Search API

While I don't "tweet" quite a few others do ... so if you're looking to monitor social media, you'll want to search Twitter as well. Luckily Twitter has a nice (free) API for searching their db. Access it at:
Sep 22 2008

Mailing/Discussion List Search

The resource of the day is:, a directory of LISTSERVE® mailing lists in use around the world. Mailing lists can be valuable assets to researchers, as they often allow one to tap into expert opinions, and perhaps get alerted to events before they get published my traditional media or even blogs.
Sep 20 2008

Saturday Links ... Quintura, others

A few links of interest:

Check out an interview (by SEO Book) of Quintura's CEO: ... an interesting discussion on an alternate search engine and how they are positioning their business. Quintur also offers a search engine for kids, located at:, as well as free widgets that you can embed into blogs and websites.



My friend and client Dieter Pauwels just launched a blog at:

Dog lovers may want to check out: for a collection of handmade gifts and stationary.

Sep 19 2008

Cognition building foundation for Semantic Web

Cognition, a NLP and Semantic search company announced Tuesday that they could map more than 10 million semantic connections, enabling them to help other companies build search engines that "understand" the query. This is a company and technology to watch; they offer API access to their system to help developers build "web 3.0" tools. Check them out at:



Sep 18 2008

Google to add audio indexing to videos

Google is adding the indexing of the audio from video clips to their searches of Google Video and YouTube. While currently an experimental feature, this could be another "killer" application for search. Media Monitoring companies will certainly be able to use this feature, as they need to be able to find client mentions from all media types. It will be interesting to see if Google decides to extend this technology out to other audio formats, such as broadcast radio ...

Read more about this at:

Sep 17 2008

Video Facial Recognition Technology

Check out Technology Review's short article on advancements in facial recognition technology at: While this technology will be extremely helpful for security and law enforcement applications, it could also be leveraged to improve video search algorithms, by automatically extracting individual names from videos. I can imagine a system whereby the individual's name is extracted and perhaps weighted by how long they appear in the video. I'm still waiting for technology that automatically recognizes logos, trademarks and other visual cues from videos ... features that would be much used by CI and Media Monitoring applications. 


Sep 15 2008

Omgili ... Social Search Engine

It is nice to see that a few companies continue to try to improve the user search experience. Just checked out Omgili, a social search engine that covers product review sites, mailing lists, discussion forums ... basically it is a vertical search engine for many types of user generated content. They claim to crawl over 100,000 individual sites. They also have some basic graphing tools in their advanced section to help users track "buzz". In addition, Omgili also provides API access for companies wishing to integrate Omgili results into their own systems.

Overall, I found Omgili to be a useful tool ... it is one of the few search engines that actually index product reviews and discussion forums ... I hope they're able to continue to improve upon their search engine.