Some days, Google
Blame Kosmix, a Baby Breaker search engine that, to me, does a better job than would-be upstart Cuil at organizing data. It's also like Akamai
Using it, I understand why. Kosmix is nothing like Google or alternatives from Yahoo!
But if Alltop is a magazine rack, Kosmix is a magazine. Enter a search term and bits coalesce to form a page that includes news, video, audio, community commentary, images, and -- ka-ching! -- product placements. Check the page for The Motley Fool and you'll see what I mean.
Google is still better for finding an answer to a question, I think. But Kosmix has an interesting advantage in how it indexes FriendFeed and Yahoo! Answers "conversations" about your topics of interest. Tighter integration with Twitter, with its emerging role as a news and commentary source, must be next on Kosmix's feature list.
All the signs are there. Kosmix's home page includes a list of "trending topics" from Twitter, no doubt accessed via the company's open interface that's allowed dozens of firms to create services that embrace and extend the micro-blogger. Some, like Stocktwits and ffwd, have received funding from investors.
Kosmix is far too different to be a Google killer. But it's the closest thing I've seen -- outside of Twitter search -- to a tool for indexing topical community intelligence via the Web, a potential killer app in an era when blogs break news and tweeters become sources.
Shouldn't Google be at least a little scared?
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Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the Rule Breakers team and had stock and options positions in Google and a stock position in Akamai at the time of publication. Check out his portfolio holdings and Foolish writings, or connect with him on Twitter as @milehighfool. The Motley Fool is also on Twitter as @TheMotleyFool. The Fool's disclosure policy has been a rebel since birth.