Social Search Engine: Scour

Last October, I wrote about AfterVote – a “social search engine.” AfterVote has been re-branded as “Scour.” It is a “meta” search engine, meaning that it simultaneously searches the three major search engines: Google, Yahoo, and MSN. It still has Web 2.0 features like commenting and voting, and allows sorting results by search engine ranking.

Scour has apparently eliminated the ability to sort by “Diggs,” the voting unit of measure for stories submitted to (see “Can You Digg It” for more on Also apparently gone is the setting page, which allows the user to set the weight of search results from the three major search engines. In exchange for losing those features, you gain a reward system. Registered Scour users can earn points for searching. They also earn points for searches performed by people they refer to Scour. Seems a little pyramid scheme-ish. Points are translated in to “cash” in the form of a Visa gift card. There is a handy calculator for projecting the amount of cash you can earn based on the number of searches and referrals.

This is interesting, I guess, but I am more intrigued by the visual search engine, called Searchme, which I wrote about here.

Robert Ambrogi has written more extensively about Search me, including the new “stacks” feature. Check that out here.

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4 thoughts on “Social Search Engine: Scour

  • July 28, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Giving people the right right to vote and comment, in my experience, puts people on the two poles. You get the very negative responses and you get the people that are overly nice. Basing searches on votes won’t return the best results. Secondly, I used Scour and found the comments section to be nearly useless. For instance, I searched Obama and instead of getting comments on the relevance of the page I was reading political jargon.

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    Me.dium’s technology lets the inherent activity of real people – not robotic crawlers – determine relevance. Me.dium’s Social Search results show what people are surfing and find interesting, right now. While other search engines base relevance on how content links across pages, Me.dium’s Social Search shows you the most popular news, reviews, pictures and videos that other people are actually looking at in relation to your search term. And as the activity of the people online changes, so do the search results.

  • August 11, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Well, I certainly don’t agree that visual search is “only for kids”. I think that Searchme has some work ahead of them. The results can and should improve with time. Very cool link, thank you.

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