The top results from the World's favorite search engines.
Info.com started in 2004 as a meta search engine for the company of the same name with offices in Chicago and London. Info.com initially combined the results of 14 search engines (including Google, Yahoo!, Ask, Teoma, AlltheWeb, Inktomi, Yandex, Open Directory, Kanoodle, LookSmart and About.com). Currently, the results come from Bing. The results page displays related keywords and social topics in addition to the results and advertising. The social topics are Twitter topics that are relevant in connection with the search term.
|Language||English, French, German|
|Launched||October 18, 2004|
|Country of Origin||UK|
|2004 - [...]||Info.com|
Search Interface / Search API
|Used SeEn||Google Search Engine
FAST (Fast Search & Transfer)
Ask Jeeves / Ask SeEn
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|Sherman, Chris (Mar 22, 2005): »Info.com provides results from 14 search engines and pay-per-click directories, including Google, Ask Jeeves, Yahoo, Kanoodle, LookSmart, About, Overture and Open Directory. Also offers shopping, news, eBay, audio and video search, as well as a number of other interesting features.« Source|
|WOLINSKY, HOWARD (October 18, 2004):
»In fact, Info.com, which launches today, is a "metasearch engine" that queries and combines results from Google and 13 other leading search engines and online directories, including Teoma, AltaVista, Fast, Overture, Inktomi, Ask Jeeves and Yahoo. In addition, Info.com's search platform also has links to specialized databases for comparative shopping, weather, phone listings, and soon, auctions.
Stephen Scarr, chief executive of Info.com, which moved its headquarters to Chicago from London last month, said researchers who use the individual Web sites actually are missing out on gobs of data that may be exactly what they're seeking. [...] "The effectiveness of search engines is limited by the size of its database and the relevancy of the results that they pull out of their database," he said. He noted that individual search engines index at most about half the contents of the World Wide Web, noting that Google indexes 4.2 billion Web pages out of the 8 billion.
In addition, he said, when the same search is run on different search engines, duplication of pages among the 100 best results totals only about 30 percent.
Info.com employs 10, mostly Web designers and engineers. Scarr, 41, and one other employee are based in Chicago, with two more expected to be added here soon. Scarr said Info.com so far has received $8 million in backing, primarily from angel investors.
Scarr said Info.com's meta-approach checks about 6 billion available Web pages, increasing a searcher's chances of finding what he's looking for. To streamline searches, Info.com separates "free Web pages," which are presented on the left side of the search results, from sponsored Web pages, which are on the right. [...]« Source|
Features & Functionality
|Example results page for "sand": Source|
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Info.com|
|Wikipedia (Others): n.a.|
|Price, Gary (Oct 18, 2004): New Metasearch Engine: Info.com URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2063619/new-metasearch-engine-infocom|
|WOLINSKY, HOWARD (October 18, 2004): Chicago newcomer Info.com packs wallop of gaggle of googles URL: http://web.archive.org/web/20041021050523/http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-info18.html|
|WebProNews (2004-10-19): New Search Platform Gets Results From 14 Search Engines URL: http://web.archive.org/web/20051102024325/http://www.webpronews.com/news/ebusinessnews/wpn-45-20041019NewSearchPlatformGetsResultsfrom14SearchEngines.html|
|Quotes from the media URL: http://info.com/media_comments|
|About us... URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20130107115735/http://www.info.com/about|