FAROO Web Search

Language English

Launched 2008
Closed June 2018

Developer Garbe, Wolf

Country of Origin Germany

2008 - [...] FAROO Ltd.

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Peer-to-peer SeEn
Open source based search engine
Crawler-based, algorithmic SeEn

Used SeEn Faroo

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Faroo: »2007 : TechCrunch40 Finalist - Public beta of FAROO P2P // 2008 : FAROO Ltd. founded, based in London // 2009 : Series A investment by Solina Chau & Li Ka Shing Foundation - Launch of FAROO Real-time Search // 2010 : Largest P2P Web search engine with over 2.5 million peers -Launch of FAROO iPad/iPhone App // 2011 : Improved Ranking: 81% preference over Google (tested on Amazon Mechanical Turk) - Unified Search Platform: Web & News Search for web, mobile, p2p & API clients - New Instant Search, Trend Discovery, Topic Aggregation, Improved iPad App // 2012 : China Launch: Chinese App, Chinese gateway servers, Chinese Homepage // 2013 : Launch of Free Search API // 2015 : API already used by over 4,200 companies & developers« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

CHRIS MORRISON (2007): »The service lets people download an application, so that they can contribute their searches and computer power to a shared search engine. Faroo follows what people search for, what result pages they look at, how long they they look at them, and whether they bookmark them. That way, they use people’s actions to rank a page higher in results.« Source


References & further Publications

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

Other Sources

Press coverage URL:
Faroo Blog URL:
Startup Meme (14 May, 2007): Faroo Employees P2P Technology to Search and Index the Web URL:

Created: 2013-01-22