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SweetIM is a search interface of the Israeli company Perion. The search engine was part of a package of unwanted software, which installed itself without the permission of users. First Google and then Bing were used for the search, the image search is only a direct link to Bing.

Language Multilingual

Launched 2005 or earlier
Closed Since December 2018 or earlier, the website no longer displays results.

Developer Sherman, Robert

Country of Origin Israel

2005 - 2012 SweetIM
2012 - [...] Perion (Merged with Conduit in 2013.)

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Search Interface / Search API
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the permission of the user)

Used SeEn Bing
Google Search Engine

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Originally »SweetIM Technologies Ltd. develops technologies and content for online platforms. The company offers SweetIM, a fun upgrade for web based application, including Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo, and AIM & ICQ instant messenger applications. Its platform adds fun emoticons (smileys), animations (winks), flash games, videos, sounds, nudges, display pictures, backgrounds, and other fun stuff to user’s messengers. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Raanana, Israel.« Source

Today it is a search interface using Bing. Source


Critical points

SweetIM offers next too the search engine a toolbar and desktop search, witch earns a lot of critics. See e.g.: Source

Features & Functionality

The Image search is a link to the Google Image search.


Example results page for "sand": Source

References & further Publications

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

Other Sources

BUSINESS WIRE (2017): Perion Extends and Enhances 3 Years Agreement with Bing: Extended Agreement Through 2020, Bolstering The Relationship Between Perion and Microsoft’s search engine, Bing URL:
Brodovsky S., Rosset S. (2011): A/B testing at SweetIM: The importance of proper statistical analysis. Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM, , art. no. 6137453 , pp. 733-740. URL:
SweetIM Crunchbase URL:

Created: 2013-03-16