A new search engine that makes use of user input to refine search results has been launched.
Named Blekko, it depends on humans to populate its data instead of using algorithms to crawl the internet in order to search for and add websites to its results.
According to Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta, users will be able to add websites using "slashtags" provided by the platform. People can also create their own slashtags for particular searches.
The search engine allows people to access websites added and checked by other people, and not by an algorithm that adds everything on the internet. This will significantly lessen the possibility of encountering a spam-filled website while searching the web.
Blekko claims that it does not aim to unseat Google from its position of dominance, but simply wants to add something different to the world of search engines.
“If we opened up the process, we could not only get orders of magnitude more people involved than we could ever hope to employ, we could also create an open, accountable process around the search engine relevance data,” Skrenta wrote on a blog post.