Over the past couple of weeks, I've been participating in a fascinating email discussion about Web Search with two of the leading bloggers in this space: Charles Knight, editor of the popular Alt Search Engines blog (a member of the Read/WriteWeb blog network) and Kaila Colbin of the VortexDNA blog. We quickly realized that a starting point for any discussion about search engines was to first come up with an answer to the question: What is a Search Engine?
What we found was that although we agree broadly, we have different views about the specifics; the overall debate provides a great framework for any discussion about web search. Charles is planning to run our three posts as a series on the Alt Search Engines blog this week:
- First, a rant from me on "What is a Search Engine"?
- Next, a great piece by Kaila on "What is Not a Search Engine?"
- Finally, Charles writes a definitive piece about "What is an Alternative Search Engine?"
I'll put up a link on this blog once the posts are up. Charles and Kaila are amazing bloggers, so it should be well worth checking out!