Searchme Launches Wikiseek Search Engine for Wikipedia

New search engine improves search on Wikipedia; Majority of revenue from

service to be donated to Wikimedia Foundation

Jan 17, 2007, 00:00 ET from Searchme, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Searchme, Inc.
 (, a new search company backed by Sequoia Capital, today
 announced the launch of Wikiseek (, 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."
     About Searchme
     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

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