Clusty the Clustering Engine
No doubt I'm the 10 millionth person commenting on this today. Gary's
talked about Vivisimo
quite a bit, but the NY Times story
announces the launch of the beta web clustering search. It gets results from Gigablast, MSN, Lycos, and others. My title here links you to the advanced search. One thing, in particular, that I wanted to point out is the LII is listed a search source as are PubMed and FirstGov. Vivisimo has been offering ClusterMed so this isn't too big of a surprise, but the LII link I think really demonstrates that they're listening to librarians. Thank you.
May I also point out some other features? The Encyclopedia
, is actually Wikipedia. The Gossip tab searches tabloids, I guess. The documentation isn't that hot, but the site's still in beta.
The NY Times article mentions that it searches blogs, too, but I'm having trouble actually extracting them. More on this later.
Update: If you click on the "customize" tab and then select "blogs" you'll get a blog search tab. In the results, it provides the name of the blog (like Christina's LIS Rant). The results seem to be full of links to the Blogdigger homepage which isn't really very enlightening (not a comment on blogdigger, which I like, but its only the homepage - no content). It's very slow. Use this, maybe, to do product review comparisons. Maybe restaurant comparisons? Maybe to see what people are saying about your brand?