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Different types of safe search engines. What is a Qwiki and is it better than Google?
What exactly is this Qwiki thing?
Has anyone even heard of Qwiki yet? Maybe not, but I’m willing to bet that very soon that is all going to change. Qwiki is a potential new search engine rival to google etc that aims to deliver high quality information in a new and, in my opinion, highly interesting and very different way to what is available at the moment. It is also supposed to be a safer option than Google etc. Is It ? Only time will tell.
Qwiki aims to be a true multi media product delivering information through a variety of means including audio narration, pictures, movies and text etc. Unfortunately, at the moment unlike google etc access to Qwiki is by personal invitation only but that looks set to change in the very near future, Qwiki could be about to burst onto our screens and into our homes, schools and workplaces.
Qwiki demo on you tube with founder Doug Imbruce
Who is behind Qwiki?
The founder and chief executive of the company behind Qwiki is a man named Doug Imbruce. A Columbia university graduate, Doug is also the man behind the creation of an educational content network that has so far helped over one million students per year select and go on to pursue higher education. The network was acquired by a private equity firm in 2008. Doug has also worked in the television industry for Warner Brothers.
He has also developed an automated web solution that has proved an invaluable help for thousands of small businesses. Doug has compared the way Qwiki works to the computers we see in Science Fiction movies and futuristic TV shows. Qwiki aims to deliver information to users in a way that provides a richer experience than is currently available on the web.
Qwiki won the top award at last September’s prestigious TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Doug and his team are busy raising over $8 million to fund the launch of Qwiki, they have apparently already raised over $1.5 million in funding. Given Doug’s track record I think it’s only a matter of time before he secures full funding. So again, only in my opinion, Qwiki looks set to launch soon. Not at all bad considering that Doug is still in his twenties.
What can Qwiki do for me?
The answer to that question would seem to be, just about anything you want it to do. Within reason, of course, it isn’t going to make dinner for you or pick the kids up from school, but it will be able to tell you what and how to make dinner and when to fetch the kids. Qwiki is designed to work on tablets and smart phones in addition to you laptop or pc and if Doug Imbruce gets his way and his funding, Qwiki could soon be sending very personalised information to you on a daily basis. Local weather, traffic conditions, your e mails, even your doctor or dentist appointments. Just about anything you need to have information about at the touch of a finger.
Qwiki has the potential to replace or, at the very least, offer significant competition to the existing search engines such as Google, AOL, Bing etc. Should they be worried? Possible, people are always looking for the next big or shiny new thing and Qwiki seems to fit the bill nicely.