PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Searchme, Inc.
(www.searchme.com), a new search company backed by Sequoia Capital, today
announced the launch of Wikiseek (www.wikiseek.com), a vastly improved
search engine for the popular reference site, Wikipedia. Wikiseek is
available as a destination web site as well as inside Wikipedia as a
Firefox extension. Wikiseek is based on proprietary technology developed by
Searchme, which utilizes the suggestions of tens of thousands of vertical
search engines to deliver more highly relevant searches. The result is a
faster, richer Wikipedia search experience.
The Firefox extension upgrades Wikipedia's search engine to the faster,
more relevant Wikiseek engine. It is available under a GPL open source
license, contains no advertising and works exclusively with the Firefox
browser. In addition, the Wikiseek web site is accessible from any browser
and features keyword ads. Wikiseek will donate a majority of the site's
advertising revenue to the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia,
the world's most popular web-based, open source, free-content encyclopedia.
"It just makes sense to donate the advertising revenue to the Wikimedia
Foundation since our search results are enabled by the work done by
Wikipedia volunteers," said Randy Adams, CEO of Searchme. "Every time
somebody edits a Wikipedia page, our search engine gets better."
Wikiseek is being released as a Beta and will be updated and improved
continuously, based on user feedback and new pages from Wikipedia. The
service is expected to have significantly less Search Engine Optimization
(SEO) spam because only "authoritative" pages, approved by Wikipedia
editors, will be included. As Wikipedia grows and more links are added, the
service will continue to increase in value over time as a resource for
researchers, students and anyone who frequently uses Wikipedia.
"We are grateful for the contributions Searchme is making to the
Wikimedia Foundation," said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. "I hope
Wikiseek's efforts will lead to improvements in the general quality of
search for educational content."
Through its patented vertical search technology, Searchme delivers more
targeted and meaningful search results to consumers. Based in Palo Alto,
California, Searchme was co-founded by Randy Adams, CEO, and John Holland,
CMO. The company received initial funding from Sequoia Capital. For
additional information, visit www.searchme.com.
SOURCE Searchme, Inc.