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 Clusty.com, 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. Clusty.com 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 http://enterpriseapps.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
"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."