Friday, January 06, 2006

Wink Search

My site-Meter tells me that more and more visitors are referred to it by Wink.
Wink is a search engine based, like QTSaver, on Google and other popular search engine's results. I asked Winks' founder Michael Tanne,

Is the quota from Google of 1000 queries per day enough for you?
If not how did you get more queries?

Also I asked QT/search to find out what this Wink is all about. Here are the results:

1. Meta Search Tagged Content With Wink
Want to meta search across content that has been specifically tagged in various ways?New search engine Wink is now live allowing that.It pulls back material categorized over at Digg, Yahoo My Web,, plus you can now tag things you find within Wink itself.

2. Wink
Warning: This isn't your Dad's search engine...Wink lets you search across the Tagosphere. If you're using services like Digg, Furl, Slashdot, or Yahoo! MyWeb, this is your search engine. Find the latest links that people like you think are great.

3. Meta Search Tagged Content With Wink
Want to meta search across content that has been specifically tagged in various ways? New search engine Wink is now live allowing that. It pulls back material categorized over at Digg, Yahoo My Web,, plus you can now tag things you find within Wink itself.

4. Michael Tanne on Wink. Get Real: Stowe Boyd's Soapbox
Wink launched its beta today, entering the increasingly crowded and noisy metasearch/social search arena:
Some people might say “What exactly does Wink search?” Our thinking is that people who are frequent users of, Digg and Slashdot, who get their information from many sources, and who count on knowing what people are finding interesting right now - those people would like one place to search all those sources. Google and Yahoo are great for the whole Web, and we’ve integrated Google search into our service, but the Wink results - those are a measure of what people are thinking right now, based on their bookmarks and tagging.
The "answers" feature -- where people can add comments to the result of a search -- is a new twist on the idea of "search as shared space" and if it catches on can create real value. The two-way synchronization with tags and Wink tags will certainly help lower the barrier to adoption.
Wink is pretty nifty when searching for current pages, but I feel that the algorithm doesn't necessarily find pages that have meaning when it comes to a specific topic however. Try a search on the word "taxi" and you will see that although the pages are bookmarked by plenty, and may all be tagged with the word they are not completely relevant.

5. Wink: This isn't your Dad's search engine... from Guardian ...
the site… is now in OB1 (Open beta one).
If you search on, say, Star Wars you get three results. First there's the Wink search, where the top hit is el baile de yoda - Google Video - 13 Nov 2005. Below that are the standard Google search results, which start with Star Wars: Welcome to the Official Site. You can also click a tab for Wink Answers. In this case it offers a bit about the movie from iMDB, plus a bunch of links. Many answers are drawn from Wikipedia and you can also edit Wink Answers. (You could add a reference to the Strategic Defense Initiative type of serious Star Wars.)

6. So what's "wink" all about? - Freshblog
Well, they signed me up as a tester, so let's find out together, at the Wink Field Guide, where there's a goodly list of things that you can do with your Wink search results: Create a Search Set - Have you just spent hours researching your next vacation or next weeks term paper? You can now save all that research into a Search Set and share it with your friends. Wink lets you create search sets from all of your Saved Searches, classify them and share them with others. You can create and modify your Search Sets in your My Page or your search guide. Tag to your hearts content - Found a cool digital photography site? Tag it with your own reference keywords so you can find it again easily.
Tagging is easy - simply click on the red Tag icon, or on the Wink Tag link in your toolbar, and put the keywords you want to use into the Tag box. Tagging helps you easily categorize your favorite sites under topics. You can also view other sites for those same topics that other users have tagged, and discover new information that you might not have come across in a standard search query. Next time you want to find information on digital photography or any topic you have tagged, start with your tagged sites on that topic, and go from there. You'll find your list of Tags in your personal page.

7. business2blog: B2Day (Business 2.0 Blog) : New Ideas in Search ...
Last week saw the launch of two new search engines: Wink and Gravee. Well, they are more like meta-search engines since they slice and dice search results and data from other sources, and present it in new ways. Wink, for instance, lets you search tags on del.ici.ous, Digg, Furl, Slashdot, and Yahoo MyWeb, as well as rate and tag regular search results from Google. While Gravee tries to get more relevant by paying Websites to register with its search engine in return for a cut of the search ad revenue.
Wink is very much a social search engine, since results are based on how other people previously rated and tagged things. The question is: Will a search based on public tags turn up substantially different results than a regular Google search based on link popularity? After all, at their core both are based on humans making their preferences public (one by explicitly tagging a Website with a descriptive keyword, the other by linking to it). A search for software legend and Microsoft CTO "Ray Ozzie" on Wink, for example, gives you his blog essay on "Really Simple Sharing" as the top result. Google's top result is Ozzie's blog, with that essay as the second result. A search on the author "Paul Auster" also turns up idenitical top results.

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