Create Search Engines at Topical

Posted on March 19, 2008

A new website called Topical allows users to create search engines that will search a small number of websites. People can also take advantage of the search engines that have already been created on the website. ReadWriteWeb reports that the site is using a Wikipedia-type model.

The service, which went live today, uses a model similar to that of Wikipedia, allowing anyone to contribute to the creation and enhancement of their own vertical search engines.

To use Topicle, the process is simple. You first search for a search engine, using their current database of human-created engines. If you find one that fits your needs, you can use it. If not, you can create your own engine or add to an existing one to make it more suitable.

The Topicle website is using Google Custom Search tool to generate the search engines. ReadWriteWeb says the site is the brainchild of Steffen Mueller, a former Google Product Manger.

Update: The Topical website is no longer active.

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