Google. Yahoo! Bing. The Big 3 of search. While they certainly have the most market share, they aren't the only search engines out there. For those that are daring enough it's sometimes interesting to check out something new every once in awhile. Last month we took a look at Duck Duck Go, a search engine that emphasizes privacy and does not store IP addresses or record user information. When that blog post was written it also didn't incorporate ads into its model because it hadn't found an ad provider that was willing to work with its privacy principles. However, in the last month they have teamed up with Carbon that now provides minimal advertising in the right column. According to Duck Duck Go, Carbon has agreed to work within their privacy principles. Have you ducked anything yet? Any luck?
This rest of this post will discuss another less known search engine called Qyo. Qyo basically operates as a social search engine and requires users to register before they are allowed to search. Users can then connect to their Facebook account and get friends involved. Users can use Qyo to search the web and their social network and see what friends, family, and coworkers are looking for. These connections can also see what you've been searching for. Users that are connected can then help others with their searches and assist in finding answers by commenting. According to Qyo, the service provides a 'spontaneous collaboration around search' and allows users to 'discover new ideas, products, events, people, and places'.
Another feature of Qyo allows users to subscribe to groups. The members of the groups can share their searches with each other and make connections with new people that respond or comment on their search. It's a way to connect with people that search in a similar way, and therefore might share your interests. There is also a chat feature.
While it seems like a neat concept, I'm not really sure that it will take off. For many people search is a rather private experience. Sure, some searches are for general information that you might not mind sharing, but many others aren't. For example, do you want others to know that you are searching for the correct spelling of a word? That might make you look dumb. Or, that you are searching for a person? That might make you look like a stalker. It is possible to choose to search privately, but then that really negates the point of searching on Qyo.
What do you think? Is Qyo worth checking out?
Author: / Posted: 11-04-2011