A friend of mine told me something really interesting over a pint last night and I thought it sounded so impressive i’ll let you guys in on a little secret! Just remember where you heard it first!
He told me that he is working on developing a new search engine which is very close to release that uses social media sites within their algorithm. The project has been kept top secret until they can get the rankings and engine working correctly but they are now happy with it and ready to make an official announcement pretty soon
He told me it was codenamed ‘sloof’ but won’t tell me the official name and it will have web spiders specifically designed to crawl social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Digg. The spiders will look for site mentions and number of links, as well as positive sentiment and number of comments made around a website. The search engine will then use other, on-site algorithms, (assumed to be similar to current search engines) to distinguish keyword relevance and use semantics to create relevance within the results.
This sounds like quite an exciting search engine and I look forward to hearing more about it. I going to hound him to see if i can have a play with it before it goes live, but he’s not giving too much away!
OK now the day is over i can reveal this is an April Fools, although i think the search engine idea is a really good one! Feel free to build it and send some credit my way!