Sency - the real time search engine

By moonparkmoonpark (1255282830|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

With the world constantly changing, the demand for live information has exponentially grown in recent years. Many web-based search engines such as Google tried to address this demand, but they were unsuccessful since they did not address the time sensitivity of the articles. Instead, these engines focused on scanning the internet for keyword matches and ranked the results based on relevance. On the other hand, search engines such as Sency scanned the internet for the most recent websites that matched the query and ranked them based on time of creation.

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Introduction

How does Sency work?

The objective of the search engine was to provide a unique web experience while being able to retrieve the most up-to-date information. As a result, Sency differentiated itself from other search engines by implementing a “real-time query system” where the program scans the internet for the most recent posts. Although the outcomes were most up-to-date, they tended to be full of blog posts, status updates, and conversations between internet users.

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Features

The process of the query is the same as any other search engine where you type your keywords into the text box and click search. However, there are some unique aspects of this website such as the “topics of interest,” which are highlighted on the bottom of the page. In addition, there is a live feed of new information on the right side of the page (gives you a brief synopsis of what is going on). Other features include a list of the most popular topics and spam filter that eliminates irrelevant results. Furthermore, the users are able to implement their own live feeds on their websites.

Impact on society / Is it useful?

In the recent years, the value of live information has drastically increased as the world flattened through the use of the internet. As a result, real time search engines such as Sency have increased in numbers. However, not all of these tools are useful. After extensively navigating through Sency, I have observed it to be a useless search tool due to lack of relevant information retrieval capability.

Evaluation / Comparison to other search engines

There are many problems associated with utilizing this search engine. First, the search tool is way too simple and does not provide much details about the links or the posts. The query results only show the elapsed time between the page creation and the search retrieval time. They also provide some synopsis of the post, but usually does not have the link to see the full blog. In addition, the results are only limited to the first page, and the users can not look at older posts.

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Secondly, the website experience tends to be very boring. Unlike Bing, there is no excitement to the website. The background is full of dark earthy colors while the texts are not eye catching. There are no advertisements (could be a benefit) nor pictures that are associated with the posts. Overall, this website has a terrible design structure (as seen on the right).

In comparing the contents of Scency to a normal web-based search engine such as Yahoo, Scency does an absolute terrible job coming up with relevant information. As mentioned earlier, most of the outcomes tend to be a portion of a blog entry or a status update, which in most cases, does not have any bearing on the information that users are looking for. On the other hand, Yahoo usually provides numerous relevant articles with links even though they might not be live data.

Pros
- Simple to use
- Fast query time
- Retrieves live (up-to-date) information
Cons
- Site is boring
- Not many features
- Most of the time, does not retrieve relevant information
- Usually does not have full link to the post or the website
- Cannot examine older posts

Conclusion

Sency is not a great search engine even though it addresses the need for a real time query tool. Although these types of websites are in high demand, I believe they need a lot more work before it becomes useful. As a result, I would recommend using the normal web-based search tools such as Google to locate articles and documents of interest.

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