History of Scour…
We’re a brand new social search engine designed to provide the best results combined with the social functions we’ve come to rely on to share information online with our peers and those with shared interests.
But before Scour, there were two very special search engines that both contributed to what Scour has become today. On this page we’ve preserved some of the blogging and musing from those who came before, just to give you an idea of where are roots are. We’ve gone through many changes to make this the best social search site around… if you want to know more about where we came from, see below!
Where we came from…
Great… Another search engine.
Boy do we hear ya, and what makes us think that this has any chance of being better than the all-mighty search gods Google, Yahoo and MSN? Its easy actually. Younanimous is a new twist on a old idea. For years now, sites have existed as “meta search engines” which would search Google, Yahoo and MSN. The problem with these search engines was they were unfeasably slow, as they had to query Google, Yahoo, and MSN before they had anything to display.
Enter Younanimous: With an AJAX backbone, YOU Search Google, MSN, and Yahoo and let us know what you found and then we rank them for you, while providing additional detail about each result such as Alexa ranking, Google Pagerank, domain age and much more.
So what, it’s a fast meta search engine. Who cares? Wait, there’s more… Not only are we a meta search engine, but we also have a passive voting system in place. Today, everyone is familiar with sites like Digg and Shoutwire. These sites let the users decide what is a good story, and what’s not. We are applying this same principle to search results without having to go through all that work of clicking buttons to vote for a site’s “coolness”. Here’s a example. You do a search for “Social Search Engine” and you click the first result. It’s not what you were looking for at all, and is therefore not a useful result for your query. You press the back button and try result #2. Voila! You found exactly what you are looking for. But it’s more than that. Younanimous is analyzing these results and has cast a vote for you, automatically, saying that result #1 wasn’t what you wanted, but #2 was. If you do however find a awesome site, You can manually vote for it as well.
Ever find sites that never have the info you want, but are always at the top of the serps? Yes, we are looking at you Experts-Exchange.com… Well, now you can blacklist pages or entire domains from showing up in your listings, No more crap! And say goodbye to spam. With a “Spam!” Tag, you can help eliminate bogus results from the serps one spam site at a time.
Dont take our word for it, try this. Do a Google, MSN, or Yahoo search for a common spammer term. Viagra would be a good test. Look at how on these engines, spam just takes up all the spots. Now try it on Younanimous. You will be hard pressed to find anything unofficial, and thats why Younanimous works.
Another cool thing is that you don’t need a account to enjoy all the awesomeness of Younanimous. It’s all stored in a cookie! Of course, you can create one if you want to, and share your settings at work and gramma’s house, but it’s totally up to you!
But theres more! Amazing coolness awaits as you can develop your own widgets and algorithms based upon your searches! Do you value Alexa rank more than life itself? Now you can have the sites with the highest Alexa rank at the top! What about a combination of Google Pagerank and Alexa? That works also! Domain age? Yep. Del.icio.us links? Yep. Digg homepaged? Yep. You name it, you can have it.
And finally, We know we dont even ‘come close’ to being as cool as Google. Fact is, we wouldn’t exist without the fantastic work of Google, MSN, and Yahoo. So props to you big company’s who have made the web what it is. We salute you!
AfterVote = #1 on “The 100 best undiscovered websites of 2007″
August 28, 2007
Long time no post
August 28, 2007
I updated the Press page with some more recent coverage. I apologize to the sites we missed, as its getting to be a pain updating the thing, I didnt even bother cropping images this time
There is so much stuff that has been done lately, its a little crazy. As you can see, we released a major update with a UI release. We also have friends and groups coming in within 48 hours. We have just finalized a major deal with a very large website to have aftervote be the exclusive search provider (when I say big site, I mean top 250 alexa) – This will give AfterVote a huge amount of traffic, which will directly place us in the top 10 biggest search engines- Even above some of the behemoths like dogpile and metacrawler. If you havent stopped by aftervote in a while- go check it out. There is alot of new stuff to play with.
May 4, 2007
May 4, 2007
We have finally worked out all the kinks with local search / language specific search. It was more of a PITA than you guys could ever imagine, mainly do to the text matching we do to determine similar results for combination.
Check er out, in all her beauty:
April 27, 2007
Smart digg + delicious button. (Will display the # of diggs or bookmarks a result has, if it has a entry)
Revenue Sharing model. – The more you search, the more money YOU will make.
Friends + Groups. – This will let you add friends or groups, and everything that would go along with that.
Speed. – Were hoping to get it almost instantaneous.
Commenting – Self explanatory
Accounts – Full profile with avatar
Bookmarking service -1click save your results to aftervote itself.
April 20, 2007
Its 3am and I am dead tired, but I just have to post about these new features before I crash.
The first thing we did, was add a new feature to hopefully make Aftervote easier to navigate for first time users. The idea is to allow new users to choose a search level, which will only enable certain features, making things (hopefully) easier for them to transition to.
The settings for this work out to be:
Legend: AOA = all of above, RR = Results Returned, SS = Safe Search
Globals = PDF/DOC=No show, Privacy=OFF, Weights=100/100/100, Hide Blacklist
Basic = Result, Summary, URL, Open Supplementals, RR=10/10, SS=On, Voting Frame=OFF
Intermediate = AOA + Commenting, Closed Supplementals, Tagging, Pagerank, Stumbleupon, Digg, Delicious, RR=50/50, SS=On, Voting Frame=ON
Advanced = AOA + Sorting, Closed Supplementals, Black/Whitelist, Alexa, RR=100/100, SS=Off, Voting Frame=ON
Thats not all though, Oh no- its not even close to being done yet.
Say hello to video search, foreign charachter support, major speed improvements, tons of bug fixes and of course -miscellaneous spelling fixes!
Check the Changelog for more info.
April 18, 2007
But trust me, There is ALOT of new features coming within the week. We held off on releasing commenting and accounts on Saturday to do more internal testing before we released. However now we are trying to get a giant chunk of our “to do” list done for you guys. This next update is a doozy. Its a killer. But enough hype, Just stay tuned and watch out for the new updates. We should be rolling them out shortly.
April 13, 2007
So the main issue we are having now is people want to customize AV more than we can allow as of yet. So we are responding to this by introducing some new features, Mainly account based. We will be also rolling out a one click social bookmarking service similar to delicious. With accounts comes Tagging and search via tags, as well as comments per result. We will also be introducing a wiki/forum system for registered volunteers to vote on the legitimacy of anything that gets marked as spam. By using a wiki system, people will be unable to just downvote all the competition as it will need to be reviewed first. We also implemented quietly our new anti promotion algorithms today. This will monitor the average # of searches per hour for a term, and if it finds that in a certain hour a abnormal amount of votes is cast, it will disregard them and ban the offending user from voting for 60 days.
I gotta tell you though, I am most excited for the commeting and tagging though. This basically turns the entire web into a forum, and the possiblitys really become endless for the type of social aggregation that can be done. Im thinking stuff like pipes and links to similar pages, Labels, Shortcuts and so much more. Really, this thing just kicks so much ass I cant wait to roll it out.
April 10, 2007
I was reading over a review from Dave Naylor today when I noticed in the comments that god himself (Matt Cutts) knows we exist. This could quite possibly be the most exciting moment of my week.
This was in regards to This Post which describes AfterVote in a semi positive manner (Hey, cant please em all ) and apparently Matt didn’t know we changed names to AfterVote.