A search engine made by the people, for the people.

Language English

Launched July 2013
Closed 2016

Developer Kossatz, Max and Bäck, Gerald

Country of Origin Austria

2013 - 2016 GmbH

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Robot/Crawler based, algorithmic search
SeEn based on social or user behavior

Used SeEn Blippex

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

2013: »It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Bing has won market share, but not at Google’s expense. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they pledge to protect people’s privacy. But the problem for most competitors to Google is that they try to imitate Google. “We thought it strange that to compete, you had to have the same search results as them,” says Max Kossatz. “I think that’s why there’s been no innovation in search in over 10 years.” When Kossatz and his co-founder Gerald Baeck, two Austrians living in Berlin, started building their new search engine, Blippex, their first tagline for it was something like “The Wikipedia of Search.” They ditched that for copyright reasons, but it sums up their approach nicely: Blippex is built by its own users. And this makes its search results radically—and perhaps interestingly—different...« Source

2013: »Blippex, the new search engine that launched in July, is all about privacy — OK, mostly about privacy, as it’s also playing around with an intriguing architecture that’s designed to rank results based on the time users spend on a page and the amount they interact with it. The German outfit’s “DwellRank” technology is based on a browser plugin that monitors users’ surfing. Now, founders Max Kossatz and Gerald Bäck (pictured above) have said from the get-go that they only collect URL and time data, not IP addresses. However, as I pointed out at the service’s launch, Blippex’s lack of a business model was enough to make the discerning user a bit wary – might things not change down the line when that business model materializes? Blippex heard those concerns, and now it’s answered them: on Friday the company said it had introduced a new peer-to-peer anonymizing feature in its Chrome browser extension that makes sure the company cannot record IP addresses. Why just Chrome? Because the feature makes rather clever use of the new WebRTC real-time communications technology that Google is so enthusiastically pushing. Mozilla also supports WebRTC, so that’s next. No Opera nor Safari for now. Blippex’s anonymization technique uses the PeerJS wrapper to bounce the surfing data through a chain of peers. The chain is of unpredictable length, and the URL and time information is encrypted so no-one in the chain can spy on it. For a fuller explanation of how this works, check out Blippex’s blog post. And in case you’re wondering how many potential peers we’re talking about, Kossatz and Bäck said they have around 50,000 daily visits now, with probably 30-40 percent using Chrome (that’s a guess – Blippex doesn’t track uniques nor plugin installations). Incidentally, Blippex is seeing half a million searches a day – that’s 10 times as many as when we last checked in with them in late July.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

»Blippex is a search engine by the people, for the people. Individuals who have our browser extension installed tell us how long they stayed on a webpage. With that data we build our search engine and rank the search results based on the time people spend on a webpage. We assume that the longer they spend on a page the more important it is.« Source


References & further Publications

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

Other Sources

Private search engine Blippex turns to WebRTC to guarantee surfers’ anonymity URL:
Is Blippex the Next Big Search Engine? URL:
This is the first interesting search engine since Google URL:
Blippex: A Private Search Engine's New Twist on Rankings URL:

Created: 2015-05-04