Clusty & Clusty Cloud

Screenshot Clusty-Cloud

Clusty ist – einfach gesagt – eine Metasuchmaschine. Sie ersetzt die alte Vivisimo-Suche. Die Selbstbeschreibung lautet:

Clusty queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. This “metasearch” approach helps raise the best results to the top and push search engine spam to the bottom.

But what really makes Clusty unique is what happens after you search. Instead of delivering millions of search results in one long list, our search engine groups similar results together into clusters. Clusters help you see your search results by topic so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for or discover unexpected relationships between items. When was the last time you went to the third or fourth page of the search results? Rather than scrolling through page after page, the clusters help you find results you may have missed or that were buried deep in the ranked list.

Zu den top search engines gehören unter anderem Ask, Google und Yahoo. Ein nette Zugabe zur Clusty-Suche sind die Clusty Clouds:

A Clusty Cloud is a tool that webmasters or bloggers can use to instantly visualize a topic using the familiar tag cloud display. What makes the Clusty Cloud unique is that you can create a cloud based on any topic or query – you don’t need tags or months of content on a subject to create an interesting cloud.

Zum Thema “Bibliothek 2.0” habe ich mal eine kleine Demonstration gebastelt.

Übrigens gibt es noch ein interessantes Statement auf der Clusty-Seite zum Thema Zensur:

Neither nor censors search results. That is, neither site removes from its output, in an ad-hoc manner, politically-oriented search results that would otherwise appear and that would be objectionable to governments or would be unlawful in unelected, non-democratic regimes.