Search engines understand very broad and generic information. This is why many of these search engine providers keep updating their search systems with different algorithms. For example Google search understands queries like movies, geography, images etc. This is not what a user wants. Users want to get more information and today's Google search engine cannot provide such information.
A few days ago, the news emerged that Chinese search engine Sogou (搜狗) is aiming to raise up to $585 million in a U.S. Initial Public Offering. Sogou, which is owned by internet company Sohu, Inc., announced the terms for its proposed IPO on Friday. The news has caused a stir among those keeping an eye on the Chinese tech space, as Sogou is backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent, the company behind the hugely popular messaging apps WeChat and QQ. But for those of us who might not be up on the state of search in China, what do you need to know about Sogou, and how does its IPO play into the wider search landscape? And could there be any potential knock-on effects for the rest of the industry?
Google is so dominant in the search engine market at large that it becomes hard to launch anything that remotly looks like a search tool. A team of Russian developers decided to still give it a go and focus on a niche market: image search. The team's objective seems very ambitious, create an artificial intelligence based image search engine to help designers find inspiration or resources in an easier way. They promise that SlashPixels will understand each image that it indexes, thus giving it a big advantage when it comes to sort the pictures. Unfortunatly, all this doesn't exist yet, but you can support the team's IndieGogo campaign to help them build this new tool.