June 10, 2012
"Imagine a search engine that simply removed the top 1 million most popular web sites from its index. What would you discover?"
Hat tip to Slaw's Omar Ha-Redeye for calling attention to Million Short, a new search engine created by Sanjay Arora. Arora created what he calls "a discovery engine" late one Sunday evening! In The Anti-Google Search Engine, Ha-Redeye writes
The premise behind the site is that it actually removes the most popular sites from search results (top sites are removed, not necessarily the top web results). You can adjust it to remove the top million sites, all the way down to the top one hundred most popular sites online. The rationale is that many of the spammy websites that try to game Google are automatically excluded, potentially providing a more robust and insightful result. ... For legal researchers this could help unearth a treasure trove of more obscure legal web sites with legal commentary or case summaries that would be excluded in either high profile cases or in subject areas where there is a lot of competing but irrelevant information.
I know this might sound a bit out there, but, Million Short truly has the potential to change the web as we know it. Only time will tell. I made it my default search engine and just change the number of sites to remove depending on what I'm either looking for, not looking for or when discovering. It seems distribution would be the one thing they need help with and all of us can surely help with that by sharing, blogging and linking to them.
Posted by: Anonymous | Jun 12, 2012 2:28:51 PM