Vivisimo is blogging.
The folks at Vivisimo have a blog, with some interesting posts on high availability and secure searching, along with the expected product plugs, natch.
I've confessed to not seeing the value of clustered results, but this is certainly a site I'll be watching.
Posted February 15, 2007 7:21 PM
A query on my name illustrates some of the aspects of clustering that I don't find helpful. Here are the clusters I got:
Mommy Needs a Cocktail
Journals, Still be writing in pretty handmade
Chick Adventure Guide to Hiking
There are three clusters from my blogroll, Mommy, Chick Adventure, and Djchuang.com, but I'd expect other entries in my blogroll to be represented too. Also, two of these clusters, Mommy and Chick Adventure are inexplicably intertwined.
The "Journals, Still be writing in pretty handmade" cluster is simply bizarre.
There may be some value there for someone hoping to learn some things about me. The Google, Geeks and Conference clusters could be helpful for that. However, if they thought I had a connection to "Heritage Farm" they'd be misled, as that's the one cluster in the set about a different Dave Lemen.
But enough about me... I found the clusters for a query on "cystic fibrosis" to be much more useful and appropriate. However, while the clusters give you quick clues about CF, they don't seem to divide the results into useful subsets, and the Wikipedia article is much more useful for getting a good introduction to CF.
The query where clustering seems to shine is my friend Joe Rockmore's favorite, "tank". You get your Think Tanks, Water Tanks, Armored Tanks, etc. There's still the odd result though; the cluster "Girl" is based on girl's tank tops, Tank Girl, an article about an Iraqi girl killed by a US tank, and other, unrelated links.