The true measure of a search engine’s acceptance happens when its name becomes a verb. Google, anyone?
Didn’t happen so much with Metacrawler, but certainly Google now stands as the standard for verbatization.
Developers at a Richardson company called Language Computer Corp., a government contactor of work we’re better off not knowing about, evidently, this week came out with a new search engine they called “Swingly,” which is going to be hard to verbacize … yesterday, I Swinglied … hmmm.
Its point of difference from Google is that Swingly uses semantics indexing — OK — to answer questions whereas Google uses, sorry, Googling uses keywords.
In the example given in this article, finding the name of the first Texas Rangers manger requires a phrase such as “Texas Rangers first manager” to Google. With Swingly, a user just asks, “Who was the first manager of the Texas Rangers?”
Vernon was the first manager of the expansion team Washington Senators before they moved here and became the Rangers.
Still need a little work, perhaps, before achieving verbatization.