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Addict-o-matic Angles for Web 2.0 Metasearch Turf

May 13, 2008 Leave a comment

The latest project from Dave Pell, creator of Rollyo (, and designer Bryan Bell is Addict-o-matic ( This search engine pulls from the “best live sites on the web for the latest news, blog posts, videos and images.” Some of these live sites include major blogging houses (WordPress, Bloglines, and Twitter) and blog search engines, video and vlogging sites (YouTube and Truveo), and all the likely suspects for major folksonomic searching (Digg, Technorati, and even Flickr, plus 15 other sites and engines).

Addict-o-matic is similar to such services as Sphere and Newser in that it pulls in stories from a wide variety of sources (though less strictly news-oriented than Newser’s sources) and provides Ajax-powered pop-up content boxes for previewing each item. When asked about Addict-o-matic’s similarities to Sphere, Pell said “Addict-o-matic is actually quite different from Sphere. … Addict-o-matic is a more of a metasearch engine that provides results for a particular search term across many types of popular search engines, including blogs, videos, news, images and user participation news aggregators. Sphere could ultimately be a source that is featured on Addict-o-matic.”

Woody Evans

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OpenPipeline is new open source software for crawling, parsing, analyzing and routing documents. It ties together otherwise incomplete solutions for enterprise search and document processing. OpenPipeline provides a common architecture for connectors to data sources, file filters, text analyzers and modules to distribute documents across a network. It includes a job scheduler and a full UI with a point-and-click interface.

It comes fully functional with prebuilt components, but also integrates third-party modules. Plugins for crawling content management systems, parsing special file formats, and performing text analytics are available.

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