Category Archives: Technology

March Madness, blekko Style

We had our own version of March Madness at blekko, with four content editors squaring off for the win! Who was victorious? Read on to find out. When people first learn about blekko’s slashtags (which power categories on izik), they … Continue reading

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Cracking the Search Category Problem

We’ve been reading all the articles, reviews, and blog postings about the new izik tablet search app with great interest. The most common questions we’ve been asked are about the categories that we divide the results into: where do they … Continue reading

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blekko donates search data to Common Crawl

At blekko, we believe the web and search should be open and transparent — it’s number one in the blekko Bill of Rights. To make web data accessible, blekko gives away our search results to innovative applications using our API. … Continue reading

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Tech Talk About blekko’s Operations Monitoring Infrastructure

On September 28, I gave a talk at the Surge conference in Baltimore, titled “Monitoring and Debugging Big Clusters Running Real-Time NoSQL Apps”. Here’s the abstract: Running a big NoSQL cluster used for data-mining Map/Reduce jobs in production is challenging, … Continue reading

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Technology at blekko

Whenever I speak at conferences, someone always asks about the technology that drives blekko. Here’s a peek into the scale and the technology behind our search engine. A whole-web search engine needs to crawl and index billions of webpages. It’s … Continue reading

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Powering web apps with the blekko API

You’re familiar with the blekko.com website, but you might not know that blekko also has an API, which enables programmers to write programs that run searches at blekko, and do interesting things with the results. One well known example is … Continue reading

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Mozilla accelerates search navigation with blekko

We’re thrilled about the new Add-on the Prospector team at Mozilla Labs created! Back in March the Mozilla team invited us over to their offices to give a brown bag presentation about blekko. Afterwards, some team members approached us with … Continue reading

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Searching without PageRank

… implemented in an hour (!) [ Discuss this post on Hacker News ] I recently saw a nice Hacker News discussion about millionshort.com, an experimental search engine that makes it easy to search the web, minus the million most … Continue reading

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Time to Slow Down and Look Back at a Year Gone By at blekko

“Do you know how fast you were going?” asked the Washington state trooper outside of Chehalis on my way to Seattle. “Our airplane caught you a few miles back doing 92 in a 60 zone.” Last June I rode my … Continue reading

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blekko: New and Improved Site, Same Mission

Today we are releasing a major upgrade to blekko. The new blekko has significant improvements to index quality and relevance. We are also now automatically applying slashtags for over 500 categories. That means users will get the benefit of curated … Continue reading

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