The Internet Just Doesn’t Surprise Me Much Any More…BUT

Ξ November 16th, 2004 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Geeky Stuff |

OK… I know, this is blasphemy.

I stopped using Google about ten months ago. I switched to Brand Y and on occasion Brand A. They just worked better. I feel like that little kid who said “The King Has NO Clothes!”, but I am here to tell you now, Google just plain doesn’t work well any more… so I left them. Dropped ’em like 4th period French.

I do not get impressed any more about the stuff I see on the Net. It’s just the same ol’ crapola in new packaging.

Then… about 6 months ago, somebody told me about Vivisimo, a “new” type of search engine. “The Google Killer”. Hogwash. IN 20 years of Interneting, I have seen it all come and go. But I am a geek at heart, so I tried it. It worked GOOD. Then, I used it for a month… it worked REALLY GOOD. Instead of the garbage returned daily by Google and to a lesser extent, brand Y, this thing returned useful information. It not only returned it, it actually packaged it!

Now this ain’t new. The placing of SE results in handy little packages was used about ten tears ago. It didn’t work well and the company that did it is now in private practice.

But dear readers… this damned thing DOES work… and it is especially good if you have to do a broad search.

ANY search engine works if you enter a search phrase or term so narrow that the results make sense. But in the real world, this seldom happens. In the real world, we do searches (at least I do) on broad subjects.

Example: A search on Costa Rica for example.

In Google you get a mismash of stuff in the first three pages. Maybe what you want is there… maybe not. Usually not…

But in Vivisiomo…. you get this: Topic (number of sites)

costa rica (203)

Travel (58)
Maps (17)
San Jos�, Costa Rica (17)
Community (8)
Estate, Costa Rica Real (11)
Nacional (7)
Costa Rica Hotels (12)
Surf (10)
Birding (7)
Fishing, Sportfishing (9)
Adventure Tours (6)
School (5)
World Factbook (2)
Costa Rica and Central America (3)
Flights (5)
Costa Rica Natural (3)
Quepos (4)
Land (4)
Governments (5)
Visit Costa Rica (4)
Art, Offering Contemporary (3)
Condominiums (2)
Embassy (2)
Geographie (4)
Cocori (2)
Costa Rica Beach (4)
Reisen, Mietwagen (3)
Discover Costa Rica (4)
Costa Rica Car Rentals (3)
Costa Rica.Net (3)
Lots And Houses (2)
Life In Costa Rica (2)
Room (5)
Lawyer, Law (3)
Find Costa Rica (2)
Airfares To Costa Rica (2)
Breakfast, Reservations (5)
Rep�blica de Costa Rica (3)
Trips In Costa Rica (2)
Databases (2)
Gourmet (2)
Transportation, Transfer Services (3)
Costa Rica City (2)
Music (2)
Dolphin and whale (2)
Beautiful Costa Rica (3)
Other Topics (22)

58 web sites on travel, 17 about maps, etc.

To ME, this is just far more useful.

I may have become jaded…. but for today, I am delighted to write about something that really makes me happy. A search engine that really works.

(See the next entry for some very interesting facts. Vivisimo #2??? Can it be?)

To check out Vivisimo in a new window, click here.

Viv�simo Ranked Second Among Top 10 Search Engines surveys 181 users to choose favorite search engine

Viv�simo (,
the leading provider of clustering and metasearch software for
organizing search results, was selected as the second most popular
search engine on the Web according to a survey by, a PRIMEDIA
subsidiary., a human-powered database portal ranked among the
top 15 web sites by Nielsen NetRatings announced the results of a focus
group of 181 men and women between the ages of 20 and 64 who were asked
to list their favorite search engine. Viv�simo tied with Yahoo for the
second place in popularity with a score of 4.6 out of 5. Viv�simo has
also been selected twice as the “Best MetaSearch Engine” by Search
Engine Watch.

“Viv�simo is an excellent alternative to Google. It is
fast, clean, and relevant, and it offers guiding search suggestions in
the form of ‘Clustered Results’,” said Paul Gil, Guide and
long time Internet veteran. “It offers all the functionality and speed
of Google, with ‘Clustering’ added. Once the users discovered Viv�simo,
it quickly became a favorite.”

Viv�simo’s unique clustering engine not only provides fast
and relevant results, it also organizes the results into meaningful
groups providing users a quick overview of the main ideas buried in the
results. For example, with Clustering, if you search for the keywords
“German shepherds”, Viv�simo will also offer you results organized by
“breeds”, “training”, “breeders”, “rescue”, and “clubs”.

“We are pleased with the growing recognition for Viv�simo’s
Clustering,” said Saman Haqqi, Director of Marketing at Viv�simo. “As
the size of the Web indices continues to grow, Web searchers need to
have this huge amount of data organized meaningfully. At Viv�simo, it
is our mission to help people handle large amounts of data by
presenting them with organized information.”

Top internet search sites, Fortune 500 companies,
prestigious publishers, and government agencies as well as millions of
users employ Viv�simo’s unique Clustering Engine to organize search
results on the fly into meaningful folders, thus achieving breakthrough
improvement in access to relevant information.

About Viv�simo

Viv�simo, Inc., is the leading provider of intelligent clustering and
meta-search software for organizing search results. Millions of
searchers, including consumers, businesses, government agencies and
academia, use Viv�simo’s clustering technology to better organize and
navigate massive amounts of information. Viv�simo is the creator of the
popular Clusty consumer search engine and serves enterprise customers
through its suite of clustering, search, and meta-search products.
Viv�simo serves its global client base through its headquarters in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and partners throughout the world. Please
visit to learn more.


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