Blekko Introduces “Grepper” Analytics Tool
For most web users, the entire web’s data is indexed by the major search engines. This however, is not the case, and if it weren’t for companies like Blekko.com, the ‘other side’ of the web would remain hidden from view. The search engine offers a unique spin on data aggregation and indexes the bits of the web that search engines like Google don’t care about.
The Blekko index has just received a boost with the launch of what is dubbed the ‘Web Grepper Analytics’ tool. Simply put, this tool allows anyone to access the Blekko index, and gives the capability of collating the sort of data search engines like Google have yet to provide for in their algorithm. According to CEO Rich Skrenta, users can now dig deep into the sort of data not accessible with a keyword search.
The Grepper tool functions as a community-based solutions index. Users submit their ‘greps’ (or search) and the community chooses what to analyze and then submits the data found. Due to the open-access nature of the tool, Rich Skentra is assuring users that the platform will be policed heavily for hackers.
As of this writing, Blekko has an Alexa ranking of 6037, a number which suggests that the search engine is popular. More than that it suggests that the types of searches catered for by search engine like Blekko are growing. One only hopes that the big players like Google don’t get greedy and start adjusting their indexes to accommodate these searches.
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