Comparitech: Using deep web search engines for academic and scholarly research. “…what is the deep web exactly, and what purpose does it serve for the greater research community as a whole? Read on in our guide to find out everything you need to know about the deep web, including what it means, where it lives, and how you can use it to your advantage.” More annotated sources than technique, good for beginners.
TechCrunch: Algolia raises $53 million for its search engine API. “French startup Algolia just raised a $53 million Series B round led by Accel, a couple of years after raising $18.3 million with… Accel also leading the round. So it looks like it’s a love story between the VC firm and the software-as-a-service startup. The reason is quite simple. Algolia is still growing like crazy, with its annual recurring revenue doubling every year. Algolia’s goal hasn’t changed — the startup wants to provide the best search experience to everyone building websites and apps out there.”
New-to-me: a search engine which allows you to find images by camera settings. From MakeUseOf: How to Find Photos to Study by Lens, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Genre. “…photography is as much about ideas as it is the gear you’re packing. It’s great to get inspired by the work of someone you admire, but it’s tough to learn from them when you don’t have anything more than the kit lens. That’s where ShutterDial comes into play. This photography search engine helps you search for images by camera settings, including lens type and camera body. With it, you can filter images according to your available gear and study images that you can recreate right now.”
Disabled citizens of Indiana have a new search engine to find programs and services. “Fifth Freedom, a statewide advocacy organization for people with disabilities, manages IndianaPop.org. The organization, based in Fort Wayne, launched the site quietly more than a year ago, said Sheri Caveda, the group’s executive director.”
There’s a new podcast directory in town (PRESS RELEASE). “PodSearch, available free to listeners through a website and mobile app, is designed to help everyone discover podcasts that reflect their personal interests and keep them in-the-know about new podcasts as they are released. PodSearch goes beyond the typical top show lists, with unique and easy-to-use search features like keyword search, detailed categories, new shows, links to many different listening apps, links to tour dates where the host or show is appearing and can even generate personalized podcast recommendations based on the user’s interests.” I have yet to find a podcast search engine I like – might be time for another try.
UPDATE: Never mind. I just went to the site and you can’t even do a search without signing up for an account. Ick. No thank you.
Quartz: A new search engine from WeChat could change China’s internet. “Today the company publicly unveiled (link in Chinese) a feature—called ‘Search,’ simply enough—that lets users enter keywords and find relevant information.
While WeChat has had a search feature in the past, this one is more powerful. It’s not quite a search engine in the style of Google or Baidu, the reigning search engine of China. Rather, it’s an alternate vision of search, one that’s uniquely suited to a social media app. And it could very well become huge in China.”
Oooooh. Bing has released its own custom search solution. “Bing has introduced a new, commercial-grade site search tool called Bing Custom Search. The announcement and subsequent rollout occurred during Microsoft’s Build conference on Wednesday. Bing Custom Search allows you to build your own search engine around a specific topic. After selecting a topic, the tool will identify on-topic sites to crawl, apply Bing’s ranking algorithm, and deliver a relevant set of search results.”