Million Short: A different way to search the web
September 20, 2012 12:07 PM Subscribe
posted by hurdy gurdy girl (35 comments total)
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is an experimental web search engine (really, more of a discovery engine) that allows you to REMOVE the top million (or top 100k, 10k, 1k, 100) sites from the results set. We thought it might be somewhat interesting to see what we'd find if we just removed an entire slice of the web." Developer Sanjay Arora, founder of Exponential Labs, explains
the thinking behind his development of Million Short and its inverse, Million Tall
, "which ONLY indexes the top million (or top 100k, etc.) sites."
Arora says that his intention was not to replace Google or imply that removing the top million sites would necessarily result in better information, but rather to provide a "discovery engine" that can turn up obscure but potentially interesting sites. His intention with Million Tall, on the other hand, was to pose the question, "Imagine a search engine that only indexed the top 1 million sites on the web. Would you even notice?"
[NOTE: Million Short only removes the top sites
, NOT the top search results
. Therefore, the first Google result may be the same as the first Million Short result, if the site isn't in the top million (or 100k, etc.) sites overall.]