comparison chart : compare Ithaki & other metasearch engines in detail.

To give you the results, we performed 10 searches in each of the metasearch engines.
We have just added the Iqsearch "Top rated metasearch engine", so you can compare by yourself.
The data presented here was last collected in the 2004.
I've changed some search engines that Ithaki searches.
If you want to run these tests again (I can no longer do it since I don't have
much free time anymore, just send me an email).

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Ithaki
Dogpile
Metacrawler
Dataware
Ixquick
Mamma
Metor
Vivisimo
metasearch topics?

The web, web sites, web pages engines, usenet, news, music and media, books, news, images and midi and more...

4, web, usenet, news, ftp
5, web, mp3, news, usenet, images
4, General, Medical, Finantial, Health, Gov.
4, Web, mp3, news, images
6, Web, MP3, Images News, Audio Video.
21 categories.
Web
Geo-Metasearch
(by Country)?
France, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, India, Japan, Canada, Norrway, Nederland, Ireland, UK, Poland, Sweeden, Portugal, China (gb-big5), Greece. (20)
X
X
X
X ( 8 by language)
X
X
X

Web Search
Red indicates pay-per-ranking engines. (Sites or products pay to get the Top rankings)

Data extracted from SEWatch.

The Web: Yahoo, OpenDirectory, Wisenut, Google, Teoma, Alltheweb, Altavista, Hotbot, Voila (9).
ah-ha, Bay9, BrainFox, ePilot, FindWhat, GoTo, Kanoodle, Sprinks, ValleyAlley, (9)
AltaVista, DirectHit, LookSmart, FAST, Open Directory , Yahoo (6)
FindWhat, GoTo, Kanoodle, Sprinks (7),
AltaVista, DirectHit, Excite, Google, LookSmart, FAST, Open Directory (4)
no data
FindWhat, GoTo (2),
AltaVista, FAST, HotBot, LookSmart, Open Directory Yahoo (6)
ah-ha, ePilot, FindWhat, Savvy, Sprinks (4),
Direct Hit, LookSmart, FAST, Yahoo (5)
no data
AltaVista, Excite, FAST, LookSmart, Open Directory, Yahoo (6)

Web sites: Yahoo, Open Directory, Dmoz Category, Galaxy, About, AskJeeves (6)

Web pages: Google, Alltheweb/Lycos, Wisenut, Teoma, Altavista, Hotbot, Voila, Gigablast. (8).

Sponsored Results at the right of the page (not integrated and mixed with the "normal" search reults)

% of Paid Engines
0%
60%
36%
no data
25%
56%
no data
0%
languages?

English, French, Italian, Spanish, German,

New versions will be soon available: Japananese, Russian, Norrwegian, Dutch, and Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, Chinese, Greek.

X
X
Yes
Yes (6)
X , I'm working in my edipo complex ;)
X
X
Multimedia?

MP3s http, mp3 ftp, images/pictures, MIDIs, Webcams, Webradios & Video search

X
mp3.
MP3 & Audio.
mp3.
MP3/Audio
Music.
X
Linux
Linux software, Linux sites, Usenet, Security and more. all linux related.
X
X
X
X
X
X
X

Wireless :

We are the first WAP metacrawler.
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
WAP VERSION?
IMODE
We have an imode version too.
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Business
Search for Business News, Resources and Stock Quotes.
X
X
Finantial
X
X
-
X
KiDs
Search in paralell the best sites for kids, music and images.
(in their own interface)
X
X
X
X
X
-
X
rating system?
sites ranked more than once in the search engine will rank at the top (with the name of each engine where there are mentioned)
the same

Idem.

Idem.
Idem
idem.
Idem
Organize information finding identical keywords in the title.
can order results by engine?
You can see results as you were searching in each engine
It only presents the results in this way.
X
X
X
X
X
X
Timeout?
Yes (advanced options)
X
X
X
X
X
Yes
Yes
can you choose the number of results?
Yes (advanced options)
X
X
X
X
X
X
Yes
search all the engines mentioned?
YES. 94% of the engines responded.
-
82% of engines worked.
39% of engines worked
36%
-.
53%
-
approximate amount of results
80-210 (we have so different categories that's why the var is so big)
50-70
50-100
30-60
60-90
-
50-80
-
allows you to send the results by email?
Thought for people in cybercafes, work etc..
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
final
results

First meta search engine to allow you to narrow your search (sites/pages).

More than 45 search topics in total grouping the best search engines in each topic.

Fast & accurate.
Simple & clean interface since the beginning.
Multilanguage.

Multimedia search.
Linux & Security.
Ithaki 4 Kids.
Wireless search:
Wap and Imode .

Easy to customize
Detects automatically your country.
0% paid results.
(Paid results are shown at the right of tha pages ONLY)

Feb. 2000 todalanet.org
Sept. 2000 ithaki.net

4 categories
English.
60% paid results

5 categories
English.
36% paid results
.

Top Rated in Iqsearch. 140
4 Categories.
2 languages.
English.

Top Rated in Iqsearch. 140
4 categories for country (14 in total).
6 languages

can't choose the number of results or presentation.
25% paid results


6 categories
English.
56% paid results

Top Rated in Iqsearch. 140

21 Categories.
No country search

English.


Searches only 6 engines agregating results via finding similar words in the title. Similar to Wakano's metasearch method (1999)
English.
0% paid results
Cluster of results.


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The data of amount of search engines that shows sponsored results were extracted by an article published by Danny Sullivan. Copyright, 2001 INT Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from http://www.internet.com..
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