Today in Alternative Search Engines (Blekko, Wolfram Alpha)

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Blekko announced today that it has teamed up with Foodily on recipe search. Foodily, a social recipe network, will curate Blekko's search results for recipes, which the company calls "a cluttered and spam rich environment on most search engines".

"Search has always been a personal experience but the escalating amount of spam on the Web is driving search to become social, where communities and groups of friends can help call out the best of results," said Rich Skrenta, CEO of blekko. "Foodily's trusted community of cooks and food lovers will be a tremendous resource to blekko searchers."

We talked to Skrenta last week about Blekko's Zorro update, search quality, and filtering. The search engine is now integrating hundreds of its "slashtags" into search results. These are at the root of the human curation element of Blekko.

"Foodily's mission is to help everyone find the food they want and love, and share it with their social circle. We're excited to play a role in helping blekko searchers find great resources on food, cooking and recipes," said Andrea Cutright, CEO of Foodily. "The Foodily community is rising to the challenge of bringing the best recipe content to the top, so we can all enjoy quickly finding that next great meal."

ChaCha says it has "increased its accuracy and database of information" by adding computational knowledge from Wolfram Alpha. "This partnership means Wolfram Alpha will allow ChaCha users to access computed facts that cover over 100 topics," a representative tells WebProNews. "This is in addition to ChaCha’s “ask-a-smart-friend” database that has already answered over one billion questions."

In the partnership's first day, Wolfram Alpha answered 32,000 of ChaCha's incoming questions, ChaCha says.

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