Whozat?, The People Search Engine, was recognized by the prestigious TechCrunch20 competition among the 100 hottest new start-ups on the planet. In a blind study of the relevance of search results for ordinary people, Whozat? beat every other search engine by a large margin.
(Other parts of the press release change “on the planet” to “on Earth” (thx for the clarification) and “in the world.”)
I’m always interested in YAPSEs, so I figured I’d apply for the beta and wait. The signup page is a bit, umm, colorful (see the face in the ?), but why not:
The best part – which you can’t see in the screenshot and is no longer there – was the <BLINK> tag around the “Recognized…” line. I’m very sad it’s gone – who sees the BLINK tag anymore?
Today my beta account became active, and here’s what I got (after logging in from a Windows dialog)
I’m sort of at a loss here. Three background colors, weird phrases in tags, dropdowns (the ones on the top right) without content, colored backgrounds used to strange effect (two are actionable, one is not), strange use of images when text will do, keywords to vote on which are clearly meaningless – and, if you look at the text results, a remarkable number of spam/stolen content sites below the fold.
When I search for my father, I do get this:
For the record, George W is not my father.
There are some clever bits – the “select the one you are looking for” actually seem like names. Well, that’s one. But then you have dropdown content like
and you know that there’s just a whole bunch they haven’t thought through yet.
Anyway, these guys may be presenting at TechCrunch60, so I may be stealing their thunder. Hey – good luck. I’m going to look more when it isn’t a Friday afternoon…