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By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-10-04 Print this article Print

Clustered-search technology does offer an innovative alternative for users wanting a different way to view results, but it so far has stayed relegated to specialized users such as academics and researchers, said Gary Stein, a senior analyst at Jupitermedia Corp.s Jupiter Research. The biggest challenge for the startups focusing on clustering will be wooing a broader user base.
"Ive never felt like its been able to crack into the mainstream," Stein said of clustering. "People tend to be very satisfied with search engines. Eighty percent of them feel like they get good, relevant results."
What about mapping? Click here to read more about another companys visualization techniques for search results. For its part, Vivisimo, of Pittsburgh, is betting that the overload of information being returned in search engines will lead users to want a better way for managing and sorting results. "The success of todays search technology has left many users awash in information," said Vivisimo CEO Raul Valdes-Perez, in a statement. "The net result is that users cannot or will not wade through all the options a search engine offers up." Read more here about Vivisimos clustering technology and its use within enterprises. Vivisimo unveiled a new home for its clustered search at, which, along with displaying a list of Web results, also dynamically groups them into categories along the left side. A search for "Walt Disney," for example, will return a set of folders divided into Walt Disney World, collectables, history, DVD and biography, among others. also includes an expanded number of tabs, where users can delve into specific sets of information. These include tabs for shopping, news, blogs, images, Wikipedia encyclopedia results and gossip, Vivisimo announced. Users also can set up their own customized tab by choosing the information sources on which to search. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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