Launched 2005
Closed 2011


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Topic Music, Sound & Video Search engine


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Gary Price (Sep 14, 2005): »According to the article a new video search engine, Truveo, is launching today. I haven't had much time to tryout the new engine but will try to spend some time with it soon. According to the story, Truveo finds and crawls material from the open web and from mainstream news sources by, "by analyzing visual characteristics of a Web page rather than just text." You can read more about how Truveo works here. I did notice that Truveo recognizes MediaRSS and offers numerous advanced search options. Again, I haven't had time to run many comparison searches but did see that many of the "mainstream" news video sources (CNN, NY Times, BBC, etc) are also available from video engines like Blinkx, AOL Video, and Yahoo Video. Also, from what I can tell, Truveo doesn't offer "transcript search" of video clips. So, you're searching on metadata and /or blurbs about the content.« Source (September 13, 2005): »A California start-up is set to launch a beta of a new video search engine on Wednesday that looks for content by analyzing visual characteristics of a Web page rather than just text. Truveo claims its Visual Crawler technology produces more comprehensive and more up-to-date video search results than competitors. "Other video search engines look for text within Web pages, but many sites don't have text associated with video," said Tim Tuttle, co-founder and chief executive of Burlingame, Calif.-based Truveo. "Many (videos) are script-generated, use plug-ins or are assembled by files executed in the background by the browser and which regular (video) crawlers" can not always detect. The company has been crawling the Web for video for about two months and has indexed more content than rival services, Tuttle said. He declined to say how many content sources are in its index. The Web site lets users compare results for specific searches from Yahoo and Google. For example, a search on "John Roberts" on Truveo located 274 results, with video at the top from the Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearings on sites including The New York Times, Yahoo News and others. Getting Bad with Apple The same search on Yahoo uncovered 129 results, with a range of video from news broadcasts, many of which mentioned Roberts but were not focused on him. Using Google, four results were returned, three completely unrelated to John Roberts, when quotation marks were not used to specify exact phrase, and only one result related to him when quotation marks were used. video search turned up about 50 results, from sources like CNN, MSNBC and many from podcasts. Truveo will make money from ads that run alongside search results as well as by licensing its search listings to other destination sites, Tuttle said.« Source


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