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By David Ostby & Ed Heinbockel
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About this project

Check out the WebProNews video of Gooey Search!

*Pledge $10 or more and receive BOTH the iPad App and the Firefox Browser Add-On!

Gooey Overview

Like most people, Google is our go-to search engine. From our extensive study of the mathematics of language, we found a great way to combine smart web bots and intelligent reading technology. Our technology reads every Google result, strips out the spam, and bubbles up only the best results along with the strongest concepts in a kinetic, Gooey Graph. Instead of marketing tags, these concepts are discovered entities that empower you to interact with and explore Google results like never before. Gooey makes search fun and rewarding for kids of all ages.

How Will You Use Gooey?

Easy. Launch the Gooey App on your iPad or as an add-on in your Firefox browser. All you have to do is type your search terms into the search bar (just like you would any Google search). We issue your search to Google but our smart bots literally check every result returned - verifying each link and reading each document for you. On the right side of the Graphic User Interface (GUI for short) is Gooey Graph – an alive, real-time network diagram of discovered concepts. Just play with Gooey Graph by deleting or stacking concepts to quickly sort results and find what you need. The graphic below illustrates how you can play with the Gooey graph on your iPad. (Just use the mouse instead of your fingers if searching on Gooey through Firefox)

Isn’t Search Solved?

Not for us. We’ve been working the challenge of exploratory search for several years. Exploratory search is when you are looking for information but don’t really know enough about a subject to even build a good query. Basically…

  • I know what I want, but can’t describe it, or 
  • I’ll know it when I see it!

The super app (GisterPRO) version of Gooey is already helping professional researchers and analysts find stuff they would normally miss but it’s way too expensive to operate and overkill for the rest of us.

Crowdsource a Cloud: Gooey Groups

Gooey is a super app that requires more than a few cycles to process a search – a thousand results, the most Google will return, is a lot of crawling and reading! The good news is we have a crowdsource deployment method that is a cool way to leverage excess bandwidth and cycles. By forming Gooey Groups, you pool the collective excess compute resources of friends and family to share the search workload in a secure, seamless and transparent fashion. For each Gooey app, you get free Gooey compute nodes to install on your desktop or laptop – your “always on” PC - likely the PC you use to sync iTunes with your iPad. Groups of 10 or more will maximize Gooey performance so search times and Gooey Graph generation are just a few seconds to complete.

Don’t worry, you won’t be alone as Gooey scales up or if you don’t have many friends or family (we’re sorry). We’ll have a smart cloud back end that optimizes search experience until broader groups are established.

The Path to Gooeyness

We have a clear path to launching the private Beta this fall and releasing Gooey by Christmas.

GisterPRO is our working prototype and template for Gooey. As we turn the complex GisterPRO software into the Gooey app, we’ll be porting code to iOS and adding a Java library (so Gooey is really gooey as you play with the Gooey Graph). Also on our technology roadmap is the coding of the Gooey Groups backend distribution app. We’re already working on the open source GUI API. Thankfully, none of this work has any technology risk; all the heavy-lifting and gnashing of programmers’ teeth is behind us!

Escape the Filter Bubble

Eli Parsier did yeoman’s work uncovering and documenting something he calls the filter bubble. Our data suggests that the filter bubble does indeed seem to have the unintended consequence of biasing search results. By parsing and distributing your search across many nodes through Gooey Groups, Gooey neutralizes the Filter Bubble and returns to you unbiased results.

Benefits

  • Fun & creative approach to search
  • Best results at top
  • Spam-free
  • Escape the filter bubble
  • No tracking: private and secure search
  • Gooey Groups keep search free
  • Gooey Groups messaging encrypted and secure: complete privacy

Danke! Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

This is where you come in; your support is essential. Your input and feedback throughout the private Beta is critical to making Gooey a great app! And your pledges make it possible for us to code and complete the work before us between now and Christmas. All along the way, we’ll keep you in the know with frequent, geek updates. We will complete the API so we can open up the GUI to folks more creative than us – that would be you. The Gooey Groups distributed app and port of Gooey technology to iOS optimized for the iPad will keep us very busy until the Beta release this fall.

We believe in the spirit of entrepreneurship and inventors like ourselves, therefore we are devoting 5% of our successful campaign earnings to the Kicking It Forward campaign.

To further support the Kickstarter community, we are offering successful Kickstarter projects iPad-related products as rewards for $100 level and up pledges…these are really cool! You can see the products at: http://www.gooey-search.com/kickstarter-rewards/

For further information, check out the below links:

Website | Blog | Twitter

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