Posted by: benherst | November 13, 2009

More Online Search Wars

On 11/11/09, Microsoft’s “Bing” search engine announced a pairing with Wolfram Alpha, an online computational knowledge engine.  Wolfram Alpha is much different from Google’s site-ranking concept, as Wolfram Alpha provides unique, data-based information in response to a given search term.  For example:

Querying “ISS:” generates a graphic rendition of the international space station orbiting earth and updating in realtime.

Querying “gdp france” showed amount and graph of how it changed over time. “gdp france/germany” showed graph with both amounts and the ratio.

Querying “internet users in Europe”: showed total, and a chart of usage by country in Europe, at the current time, specifically highlighting the biggest and smallest.

(Source:http://bit.ly/3fMK3I)

Therefore, I would most liken Wolfram Alpha to the “Cuil” search engine.

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Responses

  1. So many search engines, so little time! Wolfram is different. You don’t go there for answers, you go there to feed your curiosity, which may seem like a distinction without a difference but expresses Wolfram’s appeal: It’s searching as entertainment: idea snacking.


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