The first one, Wolfram Alpha due to launch later this month, is getting a fair amount of publicity at present on various sites including the BBC. It wants to answer your questions, but instead of presenting a results list of sites where your question should be answered as with AskJeeves (yes, the “Jeeves” bit is coming back, hurrah! Why is that so pleasing?), Wolfram aims to present the actual answers to your questions.
This is nicely demonstrated by CNET news which has taken a preview tour and tried Wolfram out on some questions so you can see it in action at Screenshots: a tour of Wolfram Alpha
The second brand new search engine that’s appeared on the horizon is Oparla. This one differentiates itself by allowing users to register and then rate the sites they visit for their usefulness. If you do this you also qualify to enter a cash-prize draw – yes, really and you can try this today!
Oparla says it will be exploring other ways of “rewarding” its users in the future, as advertising revenues increase. And how does it intend to raise advertising revenues? The plan is to charge advertisers a set monthly fee, rather than use the more established pay-per-click method favoured by the likes of Google.
Paying your users? How interesting…and shurely somewhat disruptive!