NOTE: For a more recent overview of Wisenut, please refer to the current version of the Search Engine Yearbook.
Notes on WiseNut
Yet another Google challenger?
Debuting in beta in July 2001 and launching in September 2001, WiseNut has made quite a few waves in a very short time. Their biggest claim to fame is that impressive "1,571,413,207 Web pages and counting!" claim right at the top of the homepage.
But how reliable is that claim?
In our recent comparison of relative search engine database sizes, only Google and AltaVista returned more search results than WiseNut.
That puts the newcomer above old-timers like Excite, Lycos, Northern Light and AllTheWeb.
It seems their huge database contains some duplicate entries. That casts a huge shadow of doubt over both their 1.5 billion claim and their performance in our comparison of search engine database sizes. It's too soon to tell. At the time of writing, WiseNut is 3 months old - just learning to sit. Let's see how it crawls.
What else does it do?
Apart from a huge database, WiseNut offers very few extras.
WiseNut does have some search preferences. Here are the controls you can set from there:
· See 10, 20,
40, 50, or 100 hits at a time
You guessed it. They incorporate link popularity. Here's what they have to say about it:
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