BoardReader was developed by engineers and students at the University of Michigan. It was launched in May 2000 and is owned by Effyis Inc. which was acquired by Hottolink in 2015. Boardreader is based on feedreader technology that queries forums and message boards. The settings allow a specification of the search by relevance, time period, language, etc. An analysis tool shows how often a search term was discussed in the examined sources during the period under review. It is also possible to compare up to three search terms.

Language Multilingual

Launched May 2000
Closed No

Developer Engineers and students from the University of Michigan

Country of Origin US America

2000 - [...] Effyis Inc., since 2015 Hottolink

Topic Forum Discussion SeEn

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Feed aggregator
SeEn with analysing, data mining tools

Used SeEn BoardReader

Robot: BoardReader Favicon Fetcher (Source)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Christopher Ratcliff (2016): »If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of a subject with a variety of different points of view away from the major publications, Boardreader surfaces results purely from forums, message boards and, of course, Reddit.« Source

»Boardreader - maintains one of the largest message-board & user-forum posting collections with 16+ billion documents indexed across 37 machines. The unique tuning capabilities of the Sphinx engine enables Boardreader's customers, despite the enormity of their collection, to derive relevant meaning based on such things as topics.« Source

About us: »Overview
BoardReader was developed to address the shortcomings of current search engine technology to accurately find and display information contained on the Web's forums and message boards. Founded in May 2000 by engineers and students from the University of Michigan, Boardreader uses proprietary software that allows users to search multiple message boards simultaneously, allowing users to share information in a truly global sense.

Our Focus
Boardreader is focused on creating the largest repository of searchable information for our users. We also strive to increase traffic and exposure for the individual forum and message board. By creating an interface that corresponds with multiple boards simultaneously, users can find answers to their questions from others who share similar interests. Our goal is to allow our users to search the ‘human to human’ discussions that exist on the Internet.

Our Technology
Our technology is based on innovative, scaleable software created to quickly and accurately search information contained on message boards. Message boards are part of the Internet known as the 'Invisible Web' and pose many problems to traditional search engine spiders. The dynamic content is usually very deep and hard to search. In addition, many of these sites change their locations, servers, or url's almost daily presenting special searching challenges. Special retrieval and indexing algorithms as well as unique topic relevance ordering rules are but a few parts of what is needed to allow you to view what we affectionately call the 'human experience'. We sincerely appreciate your comments and hope you enjoy our service.« Source

»The BoardReader application searches for, locates, and displays information from multiple web sources, such a online forums, message boards, blogs, news sources, and videos. The BoardReader application is a feed aggregator. It connects to the BoardReader website, and it downloads and imports data into the InfoSphere® BigInsights™ file system. The application uses REST API to query the web and retrieve results. You can streamline the search by specifying various information.« Source

»Effyis, Inc., doing business as, operates a forum search engine that allows users to search various message boards to share information. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Troy, Michigan. As of January 21, 2015, Effyis, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Hottolink, Inc.« Source


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Example result page for "sand": Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

BoardReader: IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Version 3.0 URL:
Peter Zaitsev (2006): BoardReader – Forum Search Engine URL:

Created: 2019-01-03