Grokker and Vivisimo: new ways to search

Wired
News
is running an article on new search paradigms. I went to check them out. Grokker sounds
interesting (“..
a downloadable program that not only
sorts search results into categories but also “maps” the results in a holistic way,
showing each category as a colorful circle…”)
but the site seems
to be struggling to cope with the spike in traffic it must be getting, as I couldn’t
even get the page to resolve properly after a half a dozen tries. Vivisimo has
an interesting concept. It puts the search results into clusters which appear in a
left-hand task pane. This way, if you search on “Napoleon”, you can quickly
see which of your results are books appearing at Amazon, which are history sites,
which are ebay auctions, etc.



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Grokker and Vivisimo: new ways to search