WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Searchles(R) (www.searchles.com)
-- the intelligent social search platform that gets smarter every time you
use it -- today unveiled a series of new enhancements. These include a
streamlined user interface, more robust search capability across the
platform -- such as advanced search algorithms that measure actual rather
than simulated popularity -- and the ability to conduct highly segmented
searches of personal and content networks. Together, these and many other
features allow users to discover, connect, share and collaborate by giving
them more control of their experience.
"Social bookmarking sites like Digg or Del.icio.us, and hybrid content
portals like Netscape, have a 'herding cats' mentality focused on building
a critical mass of users around 'bells and whistles' without mastering an
integrated intuitive search from the start," said veteran search
technologist Chris Seline, founder and CTO of Searchles. "Searchles'
approach empowers users from the very beginning with highly personalized,
interactive and relevant experiences built to scale around their interests
Launched in beta less than three months ago, Searchles turbocharges
popular Internet tools like bookmarking, tagging and sharing content by
fully integrating every feature with in-depth search functionality across
the platform. It is the only site that allows search for content or users
by keyword, tag, or at the user's option -- both -- through a dual box
format which provides great flexibility.
Searchles also automatically indexes the full text on every content
page submitted making the content completely searchable and instantly
available to the community. Together, dual box search and automatic
indexing make it much easier for users to quickly zero in on content that
interests them, discover other users with common interests, and collaborate
New search features at Searchles include advanced algorithms measuring
actual popularity rather than the simulated popularity algorithm
popularized by Google PageRank(TM). For example, a popular site like Yahoo
provides links to sites all over the web. But when Yahoo provides a link to
another website, Google's PageRank(TM) calculates that link as very
relevant too. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that Internet surfers
agree. Searchles' algorithms calculate actual popularity based on how
people connect to each other and how many people bookmark a certain site,
returning results that provide a more accurate measure of relevancy.
Today, Searchles also introduced an intuitive approach to social search
that allows users to drill down and conduct searches based on their own
content submissions, groups, friends, or friends of friends. For example, a
user interested in finding news and web resources related to 'identity
theft' or the 'wireless industry' may want to focus only on their personal
submissions. Or perhaps they would like to search across a group dedicated
to the issue where content has been posted by many users. Or they may want
to just focus on content submissions by specific users or colleagues --
also known as Searchles "friends" -- or maybe delve even further by
searching across friends of friends. All of this is possible and unique to
Searchles, empowering users to focus specifically on the content that
interests them, harnessing the collective brainpower of groups and friends
they trust when they need it.
What else can you do at Searchles? Anybody can view postings or search
at Searchles, but registered users have additional privileges. Registered
users can submit content from anywhere on the web using the "Searchle It"
bookmarklet easily installed in the Internet browser toolbar. This includes
links to news, blogs or any other webpage users find interesting as well as
the ability to embed YouTube and Google videos and watch them directly
Users organize content to make it easy to retrieve and for others to
discover by assigning "tags" or keywords that have meaning to them and by
providing an optional description. Content can also be organized by user-
created "groups" based on topical areas of interest. "Tag clouds" on the
home page, user profile page, group page and search results page provide a
visually intuitive way to immediately focus in on hot topics, areas of
interest, and trends related to everyone, anyone, a particular group or
subject. Tags and tag clouds are particularly valuable for research,
discovery, collaboration and knowledge synthesis.
Making "friends" and interacting with others who share common interests
is also easy at Searchles. Discover friends by searching to see if they are
already members. Find new friends by searching for topics of interest or by
searching your friends' friends. Add friends with just one mouse click.
Invite friends to join Searchles. Share postings with your circle of
friends within and outside of Searchles via internal messaging. Create
groups and invite friends to join, or just join groups of interest. Comment
on and discuss postings publicly so everyone can follow the dialogue, or
use Searchles messaging to discuss postings privately. It's entirely up to
Over the next several weeks, Searchles will be introducing new features
such as user ratings and private groups -- just a hint of what's to come.
In the meantime, check us out at www.searchles.com, and tell us what you
think or what features you want by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to be a partner? Contact us at email@example.com.
Searchles(R) (www.searchles.com) is the intelligent social search
platform that gets smarter every time you use it. The technology is an
evolution of the search engine DumbFind(TM) (www.dumbfind.com), developed
by veteran search technologist Chris Seline. Both brands, still in beta,
are wholly-owned by DumbFind, Inc., a privately-held company based in
Washington, D.C. backed by angel investors.
NOTE: *PageRank(TM) is a trademark of Google and is not affiliated with
DumbFind, Inc. or its brands.
Contact: Amy Smith of WhiteOak Communications, +1-703-200-8218, or
firstname.lastname@example.org, for Searchles.