In Grokking Transparensee, John Battelle said the following:
This is powerful stuff when you think about it, and it solves a core database search issue, at least for me: you know there is the right answer for the query you are entering, but damned if it isn't escaping you, due to the blunt nature of structured search.
Luckily Steve Lavine (the founder and CEO of Transparensee Systems) walked me through a few demos some time ago. As their site indicates, the technology can be applied to a variety of "vertical search" markets:
- real estate
- many types of shopping and product comparison
It's pretty cool stuff. I expect that we'll see a lot more of this in the coming months. Searching structured databases really shouldn't be any harder than searching the web, but it often is. The "fuzzy" searching capabilities their technology adds does a good job of closing that gap.
The more I think about it, I realize that this is the perfect case of a product that could benefit from a screencast. I'll mention that to Steve.
Posted by jzawodn at March 14, 2005 08:09 AM