A patent in the field of computer and communication technology, search engines, internet security, and website verification has issued as U.S. Patent 7,809,709 for “Search engine system, method and device”.
Summary: A prototype demonstrating new search engine paradigm survives its first week and demonstrates viability of user-determined relevancy rankings.
(Original article date: September 5, 2006 (PRWeb))
Upstart search engine Jatalla.com, after rolling out a prototype of its unusual approach to relevancy ranking, survived its initial week without major mishaps. Jatalla is the first Web search engine to offer relevancy rankings performed strictly by living human beings rather than computers.
Response from the user community—particularly experienced wiki users—has exceeded the hopes of the search engine creators. In some cases, dozens of lexivotes have been cast by a single account holder, establishing a pace which, if continued, could establish a lexivote-based system as a viable competitor in the search engine market within twelve to twenty-four months.
“We could hardly be any more pleased with the prototype’s reception,” a company representative reported. “Some search queries, such as a query on the word ‘news’, have already established about a page worth of high-quality results, and given a user base of only about 200 users, that’s magnificent.”
“If a sample size this small can do as well as this group has done, the lexivote model works even better than we had hoped,” the representative continued.
Through Jatalla.com, any World Wide Web user can cast a “lexivote”, which consists of two parts: (i) a word or phrase and (ii) at least one URL. Thereafter, when a search query is submitted, all lexivotes matching the search query are counted, and the URLs in those matching lexivotes are then ranked according to the number of lexivotes they’ve received.
Early critics of Jatalla have almost universally focused on the risk of spam, one doomsayer going so far as to predict a “Spamfest.” However, the combination of (i) a search-specific spam report button and (ii) a basic test to make sure that a human is submitting each lexivote has rendered spam a non-issue up to this point.
“We have only had one report of potential spam so far,” the representative continued. “Even that one spam report was debatable and did not result in deletion of the lexivote in question.”
“It’s amazing how people, when given the power and responsibility of making a system work, will rise to the challenge,” the representative summarized.
People who would like to begin lexivoting for their favorite sites can visit http://www.jatalla.com.
Summary: Prototype for the Web’s first search engine providing 100% user-generated search relevance rankings becomes available to public available; users themselves—not computers—to determine which results are most relevant to a search query.
(Original article: August 29, 2006 (PRWeb))
Jatalla, the first Web search engine to deliver 100% user-generated relevance rankings, has been made available today in prototype form at http://www.jatalla.com. Unlike conventional search engines, which rely upon automated webcrawlers and computer analysis, Jatalla provides search results derived from rankings performed by actual, living human beings.
Through Jatalla, any World Wide Web user can cast a “lexivote”, which consists of two parts: (i) a word or phrase and (ii) at least one URL. Thereafter, when a search query is submitted, all lexivotes matching the search query are counted, and associated URLs are ranked according to the number of lexivotes they receive.
“All the text and image evaluation algorithms are executed in people’s heads,” commented a company representative. “And in that way, the lexivote methodology fulfills some of the Web’s longest-standing but previously untapped potential. Jatalla is— and is only—as good as people make it.”
Drawing upon the collective intelligence of an entire planet’s human minds, Jatalla.com has —at least in theory—exponentially more processing power than any other search engine. But the creators of the site are the first to admit that their biggest challenge is to grab those first few users.
“We hope that Jatalla will one day serve as an easy way to interview the whole world through a single search query,” the company representative continued. “But right now, we’ve got to focus on early adopters, especially those who believe that humans are still smarter than computers.”
Toward that end, the Jatalla prototype is quite simple, providing only core functions, like search and lexivote submission. However, the Jatalla support blog, hosted by WordPress, indicates that more complex features will arrive when formal launch takes place. Nonetheless, visitors find the simplicity of the site refreshing, particularly the absence of advertisements and other clutter.
Announcement of the lexivote ranking methodology in June, 2006, created an international buzz within the industry. But the new prototype represents the first time that anyone has gotten to test drive a lexivote-based search engine.
People who would like to try the new paradigm in search technology can visit http://www.jatalla.com and begin casting their own lexivotes.
In a coup for the “Web 2 .0” movement, a new search engine announced today provides search results that are 100% user-generated. The site, called Jatalla.com, is expected for beta release in July.
(Original article publication date: June 19, 2006 (Inventeprise))
Through Jatalla.com, any registered user can submit a vote called a “lexivote”, which consists of two parts: (i) a word or phrase and (ii) a list of up to three URLs. This lexivote is counted along with all other lexivotes that include the exact same term. Thereafter, when a user queries the search engine using that term, a list of URLs — ranked according to these lexivotes — is returned. Each user is limited to only one lexivote per search term.
The service was developed by Inventerprise LLC, a national award-winning product development company based in Los Angeles, California, and Viking Web Development, based in Fargo, North Dakota. The essential system was created in 1999, and patent filings in 2003 and 2004 disclose not only the current Jatalla.com search engine but also numerous functions not scheduled for deployment until next year. “We’re excited, and we’re counting on users to make the project a success,” an Inventerprise representative noted. “Just like a wiki, a social bookmarking service, or a folksonomic tagging system, Jatalla.com offers 100% user-created and user-maintained content. We provide the vessel; users themselves provide the search results.”
In leveraging the collective intelligence of Internet users worldwide, the Jatalla.com search engine can be likened to a distributed computing system, except that all the search algorithms are contained in people’s heads. Such an approach departs from the computer-based algorithms that drive the dominant search engines of today and leverages increased demand for adding the consumer’s voice to the media chorus.
“We believe that people are still smarter than computers, and that people are better researchers than are computer algorithms,” the representative continued. “Jatalla.com is like a modern ‘John Henry’ story.”
Another noteworthy benefit the new search engine provides is immediate responsiveness. Unlike search engines that rely on automated web crawlers to find new content on the World Wide Web, the Jatalla.com system instantaneously responds to lexivotes, so that Web pages pertaining to a particular news event can appear in search results moments after being posted.
To view screenshots of the beta model, visit http://www.jatalla.com.