UPDATE January 30, 2013: Million Short Launches Voice-Search!
About Million Short
Million Short 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.
The thinking was the same popular sites (we're not saying popular equals irrelevant) show up again and again, Million Short makes it easy to discover sites that just don't make it to the top of the search engine results for whatever reason (poor SEO, new site, small marketing budget, competitive keyword(s) etc.). Most people don't look beyond page 1 when doing a search and now they don't have to.
So far, feedback has ranged from: "This sux!" to "Great supplementary search" to "I think its a great idea!..When I do a search sometimes I try to look at the remote matches to see if there is anything interesting." to "i think this is cool too..viral???" to "Dude, this is a great SEO research tool" to "Removing the top million is a bit too broad, but removing the top 100,000 brings back some nice sites I probably would not have stumbled upon." to "This is a really good idea..long tail search! This would make a solid creeping/research tool" to "I actually love it".
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Imagine an online search for Facebook that omits all the results from Facebook.com. And from other major websites like Wikipedia, and instead the first few results it delivers are from sites offering free graphics for users' profile pages, a security and privacy guide, precautions for parents, or a collection of funny statuses.
People look for diverse forms of information whether it's a mainstream alternative like Bing or an alternative like Million Short, one can understand that there's real interest.
Think of Million Short is not so much a search engine, but a discovery engine. Million Short's strength is not going to be answering the specific kind of queries that Google is forever optimizing its index to handle, but to discover less well-known sites and explore the more remote corners of the web that might be lost in other search indexes.
It's a search engine that delivers results to you, after it knocks off the top one million most popular websites. Your search won't turn up results with Facebook, YouTube, or Wikipedia. You can also customize it, so that it knocks, say, only the top 1,000 sites off, or you can configure the settings so that it lops off the most popular sites except Facebook, YouTube, etc.
The idea is pretty powerful.
Tired of all your search results coming from the same few sites? The tinkerers at Exponential Labs have you covered. Despite its almost unimaginable scope, the Internet can sometimes seem like a pretty small place these days. For some common types of search queries, top results tend to come from a relatively limited pool of websites -- the LinkedIns, Wikipedias and Amazons of the world.
How do you sort and rank the very best information? What if the information returned by two sites -- Google Places and Yelp, for example -- is nearly identical? Those decisions are judgment calls, coded into Google's algorithm by humans.
In this age of media conglomerates and search engine optimization, it can be hard to dig through for information from less well-placed sources. Million Short aims to fix that problem by removing a user-specified amount of top results from your searches in order to highlight sites you may not have seen before. .
Within a week of going live the site had logged 1 million visitors, and a month later Arora says it already ranks among the top 10,000 most-trafficked sites in the U.S.
Ever wanted to find really random sites or articles, but when you search in Google all you get are results from the most popular websites? Meet Million Short
The search results were a little surprising. No Facebook, Google+, or other accounts that Google typically returns on searches for my name. These are the results that are typically buried on the deepest pages of search engines like Google and Bing.
Do you ever feel the search results that Google yields are too mainstream? Are you looking to explore the cavernous, cobweb-laden outer reaches of the interwebs? If you want to spend some time on some deep discovery, Million Short might be your ticket.
There's Bing and Yahoo of course, but there are also some really cool meta search engines that are well worth exploring.
Don't limit your discovery to one engine. You can find some jewels if you look somewhere else, and that includes directories.