PreFound: It Takes a Village to Search an Internet
- Category: Technology
- Published: Friday, 09 June 2006 00:00
Search engines such as Google try to climb this mountain of information through sophisticated algorithms designed to understand the relevancy of the Web page based on the number of people that link to it. This practice of measuring a Web page by relative importance is called "PageRank" by Google. While this is great for finding the most popular of Web pages, it doesn't work well in all case. Your typical Google search for a term like "rock' will return a multitude of related and non-related results. Did you want rock and roll' Mineral rocks' Chris Rock' Rock candy' After weeding through the thousands of results an algorithmic search engine like Google returns, are you really any closer to finding the information you were looking for'
Enter PreFound. As its name implies, PreFound works on the idea that users are typically searching for the same types of information. Wouldn't it be great if you could leverage the previous search of others and get directly to the information you need' With PreFound, users can add Web sites that they find during their online research and add them to groups based on interest. This community based approach to search allows users to discover content that may not have been previously found because it was on the third, fourth or fifth pages of a Google search (the typical point where a user gives up).
Based on the premise that communities of knowledgeable, common interest minded users can identify sites with more precision than a computer algorithm, PreFound mixes the power search results Google provides along with the intelligence of humans to bring to new relevancy to search.
Next time you want to quickly find information, but don't want to sift through thousands of links, let others pre-find it for you with PreFound.
Visit PreFound to check it out.