Real-Time Search Engine Collecta Launches

Let the battle for real-time search supremacy begin

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Collecta, a new search engine, launched today with a unique twist… they’re one of the first real-time search engines.

Searching with Collecta, you get real-time results from blogs, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, social sites and various news outlets.

Collecta - Real Time Search

Collecta’s homepage gives the following description of the new search engine…

"Collecta is not like other search engines.
The web is alive with real-time information. So why search a stale archive? Collecta monitors the update streams of popular realtime blogs and sites like Twitter, WordPress, and Flickr, so we can show you results as they happen. Give it a try."

What do you think of Collecta’s real-time search? Tell us.

Collecta’s UI is very simplistic and easy on the eye. No frills, just search. Upon doing a search, your term shows on the left (with options), results appear in the middle and selected/highlighted content appears on the right. (click the image below for full size view)

Collecta Screenshot

With each search users have to option to include/exclude certain search parameters such as Stories (blog posts, articles), Comments (on blog posts), Updates (Twitter, Jaiku, Identica), and Photos (Flickr). Collecta even has an option to pause a search stream (not really sure why).

Under the hood Collecta uses the XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) technology, which allows Collecta to keep tabs on information as it happens.

Collecta, so far, has had a very so-so launch day. The search engine was down for quite some time, leaving the company having to explain themselves via Twitter to potential searchers.

Collecta Tweet

Collecta Tweet

I guess they could argue that the demand for real-time search was so great their servers couldn’t handle the traffic.

It’s no secret that search is evolving, and real-time search is the future. Google’s own Larry Page has even said, "I have always thought we needed to index the web every second to allow real-time search".

Twitter, for example, already employs real-time search… and it works wonderfully. I often find myself using Twitter’s search over Google, just for the real-time aspect.

So, with the launch of Collecta… when do some of the major players jump on the real-time bandwagon? Let us know what you think.

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  • http://www.iblbuilder.com Get Inbound Links

    Another search engine? I make that the 43rd launch this week…..

  • JoJo

    collecta seems a bit buggy – are they still having downtime issues?

    • Jeremy Muncy

      It’s searching fine for me at the moment… it was giving me problems earlier.

      You can follow Collecta at http://twitter.com/collectadotcom to stay up on downtime issues.

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy Muncy
      Follow me on Twitter twitter.com/jmuncy”>@jmuncy

  • http://www.blogspot.com Carl

    I’m digging Collecta. Really good place to see trends from all angles.

  • http://roundedcornermaker.com Guest

    This doesn’t sound like real-time to me. Real-time would be querying the whole web when the search terms are entered.

  • http://detaroblog.com Deka Detaro

    It was shocked me while there were two brand new search engines which launched this month.
    Well about this brand new Collecta, I still can’t says pretty much cause I’ve been still try and explore it.
    But there is one thing which annoying me while I try to make a search for second it always said if Collecta is not available. How’s about that?

  • http://www.wewebmagic.com Guest

    Nothing but problems so far. needs work….lots of it.

  • jupla

    It seems that this real-time search is getting a lot of attention from startups.

    Another topic search service launched I believe in the same day as collecta:

  • Art G

    They sure aren’t. Personally I dont think they will ever be top of the pile – no competition here for Google or anyone else for the simple fact that they dont support IE6, which a lot of their prospective customers still use. Dumbasses if you ask me.

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