Back in 1999 when Yahoo was the world's 800-lb search-gorilla, Google was a small gem that was emerging towards it's destiny, but far from the powerful world-dominant Googleplex we know today.
Google's search engine, which builds a vast global index of web pages via automated "spiders" or googlebot that crawls through billions of pages a year, represents only a fraction of the the world's Internet traffic, and must be constantly updated.
Down Under, thousands of miles from the Googleplex in Melbourne, Australia, a small search service, MyLiveSearch, led by 35-year old Rob Gabriel, is emerging with a fundamentally different process, using a small browser plug-in. Search terms are put through Google, or other indexed search databases such as Microsoft's Live Search, but those results are treated as "starting points" alongside the user's bookmarks and other popular web hubs, crawling through hundreds of web pages connected to those starting point nodes in search of more information relevant to the search.
The result is a richer, more detailed and more useful than a standard, index-based search. Gabriel's "live" search can also search the so-called "invisible web" of dynamically-generated web pages that search engines have trouble indexing.
My sense, having worked with an earlier Internet search service, is that MyLiveSerach will be acquired by either Microsoft or Google, and soon.
Posted by Casey Kazan.
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