Your Instant Expert
|Closed||2005 changed too Answers.com|
|Developer||GuruNet/Atomica (in Oct. 2005 renamed in Answers Corp.)|
|Country of Origin||Israel|
|1999 - 2005||GuruNet/Atomica (in Oct. 2005 renamed in Answers Corp.)|
|Used SeEn||Google Search Engine
Alltheweb (FAST SeEn)
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|»GuruNet was founded in Jerusalem, Israel in 1999 to develop technology that intelligently and automatically integrates and retrieves information from disparate sources and delivers the result in a single consolidated view to the user.« Source|
|GuruNet STARTED AS A DESKTOP APPLICATION (also called 1-Click Answers).
Chris Sherman (2003): »It's a reference tool that has specific, high quality information about more than 630,000 topics. Like a search engine, you can enter queries into its search box and get a quick answer. Even better, you don't need to put aside what you're working on to use it. Simply highlight words in an email, in your word processor or any other application and alt-click, and GuruNet will find relevant information for you.« Source|
|LATER THEY OFFERED A SEARCH WEBSITE TOO: Source|
|Chris Sherman (2003): »If GuruNet can't find relevant information, it does a nifty trick: it automatically runs your search query on Google, AltaVista, Teoma and AlltheWeb, and lets you view the results in four tabbed windows.
You can rely on the answers GuruNet finds. It draws from licensed reference sources including the American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, the Columbia Reference Encyclopedia, and many others. For news and other current information, it draws from reliable online news, sports and company profile sources. GuruNet is like a virtual reference librarian with quick answers always at the ready.
How your results are presented varies based on the type of information you're searching for. Different types of tabbed results are offered based on the subject you're interested in.
Say you want to learn about humor writer Dave Barry. You can either search using his name, or browse through GuruNet's categories to the "authors" section of the main "people" category.
Results for Barry include a bio and links to his books from amazon.com, quotations from Simpson's Contemporary Quotations, and images and news from Google.
Information on the SARS virus, by contrast, includes a brief description of the disease, the CDC's SARS information page, and so on.
GuruNet is remarkably easy to use. "The whole idea is simple, rapid, very smart lookup," said Rosenschein. "The best user interfaces are invisible."
In addition to its powerful lookup capabilities, GuruNet has several other useful components. Its language capabilities are strong, allowing you to easily view results in 13 languages. You can set your default to any of these languages, or simply use the translation button to translate the content you're viewing into another language. This works for both GuruNet results and for web page results, making it one of the quickest ways to translate online content I've seen.« Source|
|»On October 2004 GuruNet had an IPO on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) under the symbol "GRU" and also acquired the Answers.com domain name early the same year for $80,000.
On January 2005 the company moved to a new business model of a free-to-customer product, Answers.com and 1-Click Answers software, containing practically all the content that was sold via subscriptions. The new model is based on generating advertising revenue.
On August 2, 2005, the company's shares started trading on NASDAQ instead of AMEX under the symbol "ANSW".
On October 17, 2005, GuruNet changed its corporate name to Answers Corporation, unifying the company's name and its website, Answers.com.« Source|
|December 7, 2000: »GuruNet has changed its name to Atomica.« Source|
|and later back to GuruNet. Source|
Features & Functionality
|»In addition to its powerful lookup capabilities, GuruNet has several other useful components. Its language capabilities are strong, allowing you to easily view results in 13 languages. You can set your default to any of these languages, or simply use the translation button to translate the content you're viewing into another language. This works for both GuruNet results and for web page results, making it one of the quickest ways to translate online content I've seen. The program also makes it easy to share information with others. Simply click the email button, and your email client automatically generates a message with a relevant subject header, and a link to a copy of the content you're viewing located on Atomica's web site, so there's no need for the recipient to have GuruNet installed to share information. [...] GuruNet is free to try for 14 days, and costs $39.95 to buy. The program still functions after the trial period, but without many of the features of the full version.« Source|
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GuruNet|
|Wikipedia (Others): n.a.|
|Answer service looks for corporate clients URL: http://news.cnet.com/Answer-service-looks-for--corporate-clients/2100-1023_3-269497.html|
|GuruNet: A Handy Information Magnet URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2064158/gurunet-a-handy-information-magnet|
|GuruNet launches new search service URL: http://news.cnet.com/GuruNet-launches-new-search-service/2100-1024_3-5510784.html|
|Atomica Unveils GuruNet, 4th Generation Reference Tool URL: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/atomica-unveils-gurunet-4th-generation-reference-tool-74581592.html|
|GuruNet as a Reference Tool Goes Beyond Search Engines URL: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB104691332578439500|