Blekko, a new general search engine in development, has started a private beta. I’ve waited for a few years so this is pretty exciting. Blekko has progressive ideas on the ranking of search results and transparency of the search process for users.
Blekko will empower its users through what it calls slashtags. It will offer a number of tags itself, such as /news, or /satire, while allowing its users to design more and to share them. TechCrunch has a review of the closed beta here with some screenshots.
Blekko’s founding principles are:
- Search shall be open
- Search results shall involve people
- Ranking data shall not be kept secret
- Web data shall be readily available
- There is no one-size-fits-all for search
- Advanced search shall be accessible
- Search engine tools shall be open to all
- Search & community go hand-in-hand
- Spam does not belong in search results
- Privacy of searchers shall not be violated