Seek 2.0: a different search engine
Nowadays is well known the enormous predominance of Google in the market with a few percentage of market share from Bing of Microsoft and Yahoo. However, there are dozens of others search engines which are not known and with a very tiny percentage of the total users. I want to talk about one of these which has a different approach: Seek 2.0.
What’s special in this search engine? First of all, it is open source that you can use and modify its code, and distribute it without permission of any kind. It gives great importance to the fact that it is independent of any private organisation and prioritizes privacy and freedom of choice to the user.
Secondly, what we have here is a meta searching engine, that is to say, it will send your request to a number of searching engines, like Google, Bing or Yahoo, and it will show you the results of all those sources. In case of duplicity in the results, only one will be shown. Also, the engine analyses the resemblance of the results in order to show them in groups according to the type of information (for example, in one section you will have the web pages results, in another the results with .pdf, another one with the results from wiki pages, etc…).
More interesting is the possibility of creating your own node (proxy) or using public proxies in order to make your searches anonymous. In certain environments privacy is more than advisable, above all, when your queries can now be saved up to eighteen months. In the near future, it is planned to establish a p2p net which will allow the connection among nodes. This will permit the decentralisation of the engine and the regrouping in real time of the users who are making similar searches sharing them (using a distributed hash table). In the same way, users will have their own influence in the results of the queries of other users by introducing their own references and related keywords.
In conclusion, we are not facing a real alternative to Google (obviously) nor a future engine of mass utilisation but rather a different choice which gives you a different approach to queries and how they should work and, more importantly, a lot of (free) possibilities to play with.
Presently, the version is only available for Linux.