What does Info.com see as the future of metasearch engines in the next couple of years?
The metasearch offering has ‘come of age’. Three years ago it was an inferior product to Google. Since 2000 Google gained huge market share because they were not only able to provide relevant results, but the engine was comparatively fast on dial-up, which at that time comprised of over 85% of the Internet population. With dial-up in 2000, Google took roughly four seconds to deliver a result and metasearch took around eight seconds. Today with broadband, the difference is negligible and the technology has radically improved in getting and sorting the search results of the combined engines.
There is plenty of opportunity for metasearch usage to grow because it currently is not always known by Internet users. A survey conducted by Enquiro.com (April 2004) reported that 52.9% of users were unaware of what metasearch was.
The press will, in my view, better highlight the fact that the overlap of the top 100 results of search engines is low and that if a Google user and Yahoo! user is typically satisfied with their search results, then a metasearch offering would have to provide an even more gratifying experience.
Any developments you'd like to announce?
Info.com is currently developing a vertical search offering in the Health sector and is due for release at the end of September 2005.
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