Here comes Kosmix.
That’s the news doing rounds everywhere on the World Wide Web and even outside the web.
So what is Kosmix?
Kosmix is a newest kid on the search block. However, it would be wrong to call it just another search engine. Founded by Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman, Kosmix is not a traditional search engine. In words of Chris Shipley, from the consulting firm Guidewire, “It is Wikipedia meets Google search meets Answers.com”. In short, it’s a well-crafted magazine on topics searched.
Unlike Google, Kosmix is not about finding the most relevant single piece of information; it's about organizing the Web so that one can discover relevant pieces of information. Infact, Kosmix gathers content from across the Web to build a sort of multimedia encyclopaedia entry for any keyword.
We did our own bit of research to test Kosmix. Here are the takeaways:
Kosmix has a pleasant user interface. It shows text, images and videos in a magazine style layout.
The results are a mix of web search results, blogs, news, videos, images, audios, conversations, tweets, community results, reviews, how-tos, shopping results and other related topics.
It might not be as effective for long tail keywords where one is looking for a specific document, as it is for topics where one would want to browse information.
The time Kosmix takes to throw back relevant results is much higher than Google. This is an area where improvement is required.
We did a simultaneous search on Kosmix and Google for the term Food Pyramid. Here’s a snapshot of how different the results looked.
All in all, pretty impressive. Let’s see how well it is accepted by the loyal Google users.