Thursday, January 27, 2005

WSJ.com - Personal Technology: Unlike Search Engines, Answers.Com Responds With Data, Not Links

WSJ.com - Personal Technology: Unlike Search Engines, Answers.Com Responds With Data, Not Links: "But now there is an entire search service devoted to providing direct answers to search queries. It is called Answers.com, and it is available at www.answers.com. Using a variety of reference sources, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, it generates a thoughtfully organized page of relevant information about your search query without requiring you to click on any further Web links.
Answers.com comes from GuruNet, an Israeli company that developed a little-known, but slick, reference utility called GuruNet a few years back. With GuruNet, when you held down the Alt key and clicked on any word on any screen on your computer, the program produced a tabbed window with definitions, encyclopedia articles, and other information related to the word. GuruNet also powers the reference section of the A9 search service.
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Answers.com is also a start toward a new search paradigm where the object is to provide real instant information, not just links to pages where that information may, or may not, be found. I urge you to try it."

[Sorry for the sparse postings this week; I had a few challenges getting to/from Lotusphere; more on Lotusphere soon...]
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