We would like to wish everyone a Happy New year and say “Thank You” for allowing Scour to grow bigger than we could have imagined over the past year. We look forward to new and exciting things for 2010.
Hey Scour Community,
The past few days have been truly exciting. We are seeing tremendous amounts of traffic coming our way and as a result we are needing to upgrade some of our hardware!
We are looking forward to these improvements and it will allow us to grow exponentially over the next few months.
During this upgrade, we do expect a few random hiccups but overall we should be back up to speed within a few weeks.
Thanks for hanging in there,
Hey Scour Community,
Thank you for all of your feedback regarding our planned $25 daily cash giveaway, which was going to be the replacement for our Scour points program. We read all of your comments and suggestions and the overwhelming majority of users feel that we should focus our resources and efforts on core and new Scour features and usability. As a result we have decided not to move forward with the $25 daily program that was scheduled to begin September 1, 2009.
Scour is now able to focus its resources primarily on your experience, our own search speed and many more upgrades.
Over the past year, we have received many great suggestions from the community as to what we can improve on Scour, several which have already been implemented into our new homepage design. All feedback is taken into heavy consideration to help enrich the Scour community. With our focus narrowed, we’ve been able to make fast progress on some brand new features we’ll soon be rolling out over the next few months, including:
1. Facebook/Twitter Integration
2. Search in different languages
3. Add more Google results
4. New Scour homepage design
5. Implement local search /maps
6. Implement new layout/design to serps
7. Add chat within search results
8. Reply to Comments
9. And more!
Scour has always worked toward the goal of being a search engine for the users, and made better by its community. We continue to welcome your feedback and look forward implementing requests that make Scour.com a truly unique social search engine. As always, we want to hear what you think would make Scour.com better.
Please note: The previous point reward system is still discontinued as of September 1, 2009.
(UPDATE TO REWARDS SYSTEM, READ HERE: http://blog.scour.com/2009/09/01/scour-focuses-on-search-and-features/ )
Dear Scour Users,
Over the last year we have seen tremendous growth thanks to the feedback from the Scour community. As a result, we are excited to announce that we are upgrading our current point rewards system as of September 1, 2009, and instead we will be offering a daily cash giveaway of $25, 7 days a week! This new cash giveaway rewards program is available to users in ALL countries around the world.
The rules are very simple; you are given 1 daily giveaway entry for every search, vote and comment on Scour. Each point enters you into our $25 daily Cash Giveaway drawing. This means that if you have a total of 10 searches, Scour will award you with 10 entries to win $25 for that day. The more that you search and participate on Scour, the more entries you will receive with a daily max of 350 entries per day. At the end of the day, the daily $25 Scour Cash Giveaway will reset giving you another chance to win!
You will also be happy to know that there are no restrictions to how many times the same person can win per week or per month. This means that you can win daily if you are chosen as the winner.
The Scour referral system also also lets you take advantage of the giveaway. With the new rewards system in place, users will receive 1/4 (25%) of a give away entry for every search, vote and comment that their friends do. This means that for every 4 giveaway entries your “invited” friends generate, you will receive 1 additional daily Scour Giveaway entry.
Note: These fractions of an entry do not carry over to the next day.
What does this mean for the current points you earned?
As a thank you for all your past participation, during our transition to the new $25 daily Cash Giveaway we are offering the following BONUS:
As of September 1, 2009 all point accumulations will stop and Scour users will be awarded with extra daily search entries for the month of September 2009:
1 – 1,500 points will receive 25 daily search entries for 30 days
1,501 – 3,000 points will receive 50 daily search entries for 30 days
3,001 – 4,500 points will receive 75 daily search entries for 30 days
4,501 – 6,000 points will receive 100 daily search entries for 30 days
6,001 – 7,500 points will receive 125 daily search entries for 30 days
7,500 + points will receive 150 daily search entries for 30 days
Note: The daily entry cap for the day is still 350.
August 31, 2009 will be the last day to redeem your points at the minimum 6,500 cashout level. As of September 1, 2009 the current point system will stop and you will have a chance at winning $25 every day, simply by searching, voting and commenting.
Daily cash giveaway winners will be notified via a Scour Inbox message. In order to assure prompt payment, please check your Scour Inbox regularly or make Scour your homepage so that you don’t miss out on free cash. The Scour Inbox email will only ask you for a PayPal address and will not ask you banking or other personal information. These messages will only be sent through our Scour Account. Those who do not respond within 30 days will lose their claim for the $25. So keep an eye on your inbox.
Keeping track of Scour Entry Points
Scour users will continue to view the number of entries that they have through a daily “sweepstakes entry counter” on the results page which will tell them the number of daily entries they have.
We’re excited about continuing to provide our users with superior search results with a little extra on top.
With all of the latest news about MSN and Yahoo, its nice to know that people are still searching for alternative search engines. We recently uncovered an article where Charles Arthur gives Scour a shout-out as an alternative search engine.
Scour.com now offers realtime search results! Now while you’re scouring the internet, you’ll be seeing results in real time – in addition to what Scour originally returned. This is a huge step forward for Scour, as we’re the world’s first collective search engine to combine realtime search with traditional web results.
Sounds interesting right? But, what is “realtime”, anyway?
Realtime results are what people are talking about RIGHT NOW on the web – like tweets, Digg posts, those YouTube videos that people are watching and sending to friends, and other actively viewed content on the internet.
One of the biggest issues with trying to see everything in realtime is the massive overload of content – there’s just SO much stuff. If you’re wondering what the capital of Greenland is, realtime search results probably won’t help you find that. But our traditional results probably will.
With Scour, you now get a mix of the stuff that is happening live, along with all that good traditional search stuff which we love and need.
We’d like to send out a big thanks to our friends at OneRiot for joining with us on this new adventure. Using their new API, we were able to integrate their feed, which collects some of the most viewed and discussed content available on the web.
If you are interested in learning more about realtime search, check out:
Thanks for Scouring,