Tag Archives: LookSmart Ltd.

What’s The Difference Between A Search Engine, A Search Destination And A Portal?

LookSmart has today unveiled some more focused search engines, according to a press release from the company:

It calls them ‘vertical search destinations’ to ‘provide niche audiences with essential search results, versus the typically exhaustive returns from other search engines’:

Two additional resources are dedicated to parents:

Here’s LookSmart’s philosophy: “LookSmart believes that search on the Web will become increasingly vertical and personal. Consumers turn to the Web in search of essential content, be it related to a hobby, work or education,” says Debby Richman, senior vice president of consumer products for LookSmart.

The idea is to ‘tightly integrate’ these engines, or ‘destinations’ (kinda blurs the distinction between a search engine and a portal, eh folks?) via Furl, LookSmart’s consumer online filing cabinet. I’m not quite clear how that tight integration is going to work, but it will be interesting to watch.

LookSmart Acquires Furl

This whole grab-stuff-from- the-net-and-store-it- somewhere-you-might- be-able-to-find-it thing seems to be taking off at long last.

Furl, which allows you to save clips from the Internet and store/share/access/search them easily, has just told its customers in an email (no URL available yet) that it has been bought by LookSmart, a SF-based “provider of Web search and research-quality articles”.

Furl’s Mike Giles, Founder & CEO, has assured its users that “LookSmart has no intention of changing the things that make it great. On the contrary, LookSmart is committed to making existing features even more powerful.” To sweeten the move for users, Furl is giving each 5 gigabytes of storage, and has promised that the service will remain free.