While we all await the opening of Wikia, join me in taking a closer look at another one of ’em “meta-hybrid-social search engine” which just launched a couple of days ago and which goes by the name – EarthFrisk. Wait, is it just me or are the search engine branding getting obscure if not utterly funny?
For awhile I thought EarthFrisk was an environmental website, but it is not. EarthFrisk prouds itself as a people’s search engine powered by a meta-community with a facility for social rating of its community members. Ok, in simple terms, EarthFrisk is one of those social search engines that collects search results from once again the various existing search engines, filters these results, and presents the most relevant results to users.
Michael Lodispoto, managing member of EarthFrisk.org said:
“We’ve created the first search engine where the community can vote and comment on the very best search results, which are the top searches of Google, MSN’s Live and Yahoo, among others, all with less spam.”
With the dearth of social search engines that keep sprawling on the web, the most important thing that these search engines must do is come up with a feature that is unique to itself if not at least unique to some other meta-search engines. For EarthFrisk, it comes in the form of a rating system. EarthFrisk’s patent pending rating system allows community members to rate websites, blogs and even people through color value scheme. EarthFrisk displays a the ratings on a the EarthFrisk toolbar which can be downloaded and installed just like your ordinary search engine toolbars. The EarthFrisk toolbar is fully customizable where you can put a link to your own site.
Does EarthFrisk gives better/relevant results? I supposed so, considering that it collects results from other search engines and web information portal.
The good thing about EarthFrisk which other meta-search engines of its class do not have is a control panel to specify which search engines, social media or other web information portal to crawl when conducting a search using the EarthFrisk toolbar. And when you click on a specific search engine, EarthFrisk will redirect you the search engine’s portal’s SERP for the search keyword that you used.
As for its name-EarthFrisk I’d go by the saying that if you can’t say something good about something, better say nothing at all.