Wales' goal is to make Internet search more accurate by revealing the technology behind it. He said he would release Grub's computer code under an open-source license that allows others to make improvements.
"It's not a good thing that we are getting search results from a handful of very large players and we have no idea how they are generated," Wales said [...]
The software can be improved, yes. But unless the algorithms are hard coded into the programming code itself, there is no way to know what is weighed how and when. And once you publish the algorithms they can be played, opening the open source search engine up to a flood of spam larger than what we have ever seen before.
So far I haven't heard or read anything about this project that makes me go "oh wow, these guys are on the the next
big thing!". In fact, it all sounds a lot "done" to me.
The problem is that it is doing the same thing somewhere else simply "because".
"It's like getting all your news from one source."
No, it like getting a telephone number you want from a telephone directory. Unless you come up with something better, there isn't a real
need for "just another" telephone directory...
Although most of the current search technology is "dumb" technology, we're doing pretty good with it. But for a few quite vague and, worse, ambivalent queries, I can't really remember a recent frustrating moment of throwing my hands in the air exclaiming "I can't find
The main problem, to me, seems to be discovery. That golden nugget of solid documentation on that underlinked page. Maybe if another search engine would only return results from sites under a certain popularity level, that would be something different?
The added community aspect Jimmy Wales seems to rely on a lot doesn't impress me either. Google leverages by far the largest community already: each and every webmaster, each and every web document, each and every link. How is a million links voting for resource X less, or less transparent, than a million community members voting a resource up or down?
Edited by Ruud, 30 July 2007 - 02:05 PM.