Wolfram|Alpha Computational Knowledge Engine

Wolfram|Alpha is the latest answer engine that is launched on May 16, 2009. Unlike traditional search engines which provide a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer, Wolfram Alpha answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data.

Wolfram Alpha is the brainchild of British physicist Stephen Wolfram whom announced in March 2009.

Wolfram Alpha can take on any queries from Mathematics, Statistics & Data Analysis to Web & Computer Systems, People & History and more. It’s slogan is “Making the world’s knowledge computable”.

Wolfram|Alpha's answer for the query "Yowazzup.com"
Wolfram|Alpha’s answer for the query “Yowazzup.com”

Yahoo! Top 10 Searches for 2008

Yahoo!Yahoo Buzz presented Yahoo! Top 10 Searches for 2008 and guess who’s at the pinnacle? It’s no other than Britney Spears. It’s not surprising even though Yahoo mentioned that the data have excluded navigational searches.

The Top 10 Searches in 2008 on Yahoo! are:

  1. Britney Spears
  2. WWE
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Miley Cyrus
  5. RuneScape
  6. Jessica Alba
  7. Naruto
  8. Lindsay Lohan
  9. Angelina Jolie
  10. American Idol

Former Google Employees Start A New Search Engine Called ‘Cuil’

Cuil

Former Google Employees has unveiled Cuil Inc (pronounced “cool”), a new search service at www.cuil.com that the company claims can index, faster and more cheaply, a far larger portion of the Web than Google, which boasts the largest online index. Cuil claims it boosts an index of 120 billion web pages, and is the most comprehensive search engine on the web.

Tom Costello, Cuil co-founder and chief executive, said in a statement.

“Our significant breakthroughs in search technology have enabled us to index much more of the Internet, placing nearly the entire Web at the fingertips of every user.”

A search of the term "yowazzup" shows 13,548 results compared to 11,000 at Google. However, Cuil only shows up to 23 pages, which means a maximum of 230 web pages.

When I go to the Preferences and turn on "Safe Search" and "Typing Suggestions", the term "yowazzup" shows zero result.

Cuil may be cool but it still lacks something that Google has.