Friday November 7, 2003
MOOTER is a new Australia search engine planning an aggressive entry into the multi-million dollar paid search market. By displaying results as simple clusters of information rather than long lists and attempting to prioritise the users search, Mooter hopes to offer a more intelligent and 'humanised' approach to finding information on the Internet.
Mooter's CEO, Liesl Capper, said that the company aimed to take market share away from American giants such as Google, and eventually dominate Australia's growing online search market.
"Our value proposition is simple. We have simply built a smarter search engine that enables users to do more, in less time and with considerably less hassle," Ms Capper said.
As users search, MOOTER's algorithms are designed to skew the results based on the user's actions or underlying intentions , pushing the most relevant results nearer to the top.
"Users shouldn't have to work hard to find out what they want. Today's search engines typically throw up thousands of results and ask users to sort through them or re-define the search.
"Mooter focuses on the psychology of people - not machines - to better understand what information users seek. It analyses the choices you make, and then re-orders the results based upon what you are actually looking for, without you having to re-define your exact needs."
"MOOTER also want to be known as the 'deep search specialists', especially in hot topic areas such as business, sport and lifestyle" Ms Capper said.
MOOTER's revenue will be based on advertising distribution fees. Users click on a website which interests them, and advertisers pay per click. Unlike banner advertising, the advertiser pays only when their website is clicked on by the searcher.
Founded in February 2001 as an alternative to the Boolean search engines currently dominating the market, MOOTER was originally run at Griffith University and is backed by a combination of private, government and founders funding.
To see if this approach works for you, visit mooter.com
Gizmo was impressed by the relevance of the categories produced, with alternative clusters displayed in the sidebar when you view a particular list making it easy to explore different search areas without going back a screen, and although by no means slow, it does not yet have the speed of Google in returning search results.