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MC Hammer Launches a Search Engine

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the can't-find-this dept.

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MC Hammer was among tech entrepreneurs announcing new products at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The rapper's product is a new search engine called WireDoo. Sadly, it is not an index of things you can't touch, but instead a search engine focusing on relational items. Searching for the word "car" will bring up topics related to a car, like insurance, pricing and safety ratings. WireDoo is still being built and not available to the public yet.

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STOP.. (5, Funny)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775514)

..google time

Re:STOP.. (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775690)

More like lawsuit time.

Wait til Ballmer hears about this. Hasn't Bing been sampling Google for years?

Re:STOP.. (0)

TechLA (2482532) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775824)

No they haven't and that lie needs to stop. The reason why the tests Google did showed within Bing when Bing toolbar was installed because if users opt-in to it, it collects usage data on what links people click and their anchor texts. The reasoning for this being, if user thinks that the link is relevant, then it can be uses only one vector in Bing. It's only a really small part of it, but because Google used non-existing words within links they obviously didn't show any other results than Google's. And this behavior isn't limited to Bing only - Google uses tons of similar usage analysis to determine search page rankings and to gather information about new sites and pages.

Re:STOP.. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776026)

Or in layman's terms: Yes.

Re:STOP.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776208)

Reading comprehension fail? For a layman like you, the short answer is: No.

Idiots fighting idiots... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776690)

And the correct answer is: Yes, but Google did it too.
Which somehow for you makes it right. But in reality it's as wrong as murdering someone "because he murdered someone else".
(By that logic I could now murder that someone too, as he now murdered someone else too. And we'd have the idiocy that is blood feuds.)

Re:STOP.. (1)

cjb658 (1235986) | more than 2 years ago | (#37777424)

Isn't this what ad companies have been doing for years? I get "related results" all the time in the form of Google Ads.

Re:STOP.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776030)

You can't search this!
NA NA NA NA
You can't search this!

Re:STOP.. (1)

Rizimar (1986164) | more than 2 years ago | (#37779462)

Go with Google, it's our thing
If you can't search the web then you probably use Bing.
So take a seat in the chair
Bust a few queries with "I'm feeling lucky" if you dare
This is it, for a winner
Google this and you won't look like a beginner
Move, slide your cursor arrow
Type some more keywords to help your search narrow, narrow, narrow

pretty sure investors will not... (2)

mackil (668039) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775528)

... touch this!

Re:pretty sure investors will not... (2)

Fx.Dr (915071) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775730)

I can't wait to see him cash out his golden parachute pants clause.

Re:pretty sure investors will not... (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775926)

>> a new search engine called WireDoo

I'm pretty sure the first thing they teach you at Harvard Business School is not to invest in anything with a synonym for shit right in the name.

WirePoop
WireCrap
WireCaca
WireDookie
WireTurd
WireBM
WireDung
WireStool
Wire#2

None of these products will get the capital they need to build their business.

Re:pretty sure investors will not... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776242)

Sea Doo must have done just fine without any Harvard grad's help then

Re:pretty sure investors will not... (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 2 years ago | (#37776940)

Sea Doo must have done just fine without any Harvard grad's help then

It was supposed to be called SeaDog, not SeaDoo [wikipedia.org]

The Ski-Doo was originally intended to be named the "Ski-Dog" because Bombardier meant it to be a practical vehicle to replace the dogsled for hunters and trappers. By an accident, a painter misinterpreted the name and painted "Ski-Doo" on the first prototype

Re:pretty sure investors will not... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776486)

You mean my ScatWire travel site won't make me rich. :(

Re:pretty sure investors will not... (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 2 years ago | (#37776584)

That was my second thought when I read this news earlier. My first thought was that, at a glance, it looks like he chose the name "WeirDo". In retrospect at least that's quirky and not just... well... crap.

Re:pretty sure investors will not... (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | more than 2 years ago | (#37779154)

Especially since "doo" is slang for shit in English, as in "doo doo" etc. In fact I'm sure I remember a Family Guy episode where Stewie uses doo in that context.

I read WireDoo as WeirDo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37775534)

In this case, I guess they're synonymous

Relational search (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37775576)

Maybe I'm just really goal oriented, but I never search for related items. Ignoring for a moment that I've never in my life searched for something as vague as "car".

Search does need innovation, but this isn't it.

Re:Relational search (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 2 years ago | (#37777070)

Ignoring for a moment that I've never in my life searched for something as vague as "car".

You've never parked in a large parking lot and then a few hours later had to search for your car?

I remember one time finding my car, getting into it, starting it, then realizing that it wasn't my car. Turns out mine was parked a few lanes over. If that wasn't a weird enough coincidence, two years later, I bought another vehicle, and one day used the wrong key - and sure enough, it turned out the same key started both vehicles.

Re:Relational search (1)

fotbr (855184) | more than 2 years ago | (#37781352)

Any chance that any of the vehicles involved were Saturns? That seems to be a repeating theme with them; almost like they only had a half-dozen different keys, so odds were pretty good that your saturn key would work with another one; year and model weren't really relevant.

Question: (5, Insightful)

Pat Attack (1353585) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775602)

Is this legit?

Re:Question: (3, Informative)

chronoglass (1353185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775670)

too legit

Re:Question: (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775938)

too legit to quit

Re:Question: (1)

justinlindh (1016121) | more than 2 years ago | (#37778408)

hey hayyyyyy

Re:Question: (1)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 2 years ago | (#37779762)

when i feel high post don't you click me close just Digg 'em smack
a get you back and i'll hit with a dose of Gulftown power
and charge you by the hour i'm LinkedIn like a quake and funks
get devoured i choose to abuse, misuse and confuse
trademarks patents and copyrights makin up all the tools, fools
in the game lame and insane it's a shame i gotta do this but
i remain the same unchanged gettin better never known
as a sweater kickin it at the top cause i got myself together
so roll with a guy who's digital and nerdy knows the time
and too legit to quit...sang!

Re:Question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37775864)

Is this legit?

Too Legit

Re:Question: (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37775970)

One might argue that it's too legit, but I think that will only become evident when it comes time to quit.

Re:Question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37780578)

Is this legit?

2 legit 2 quit

Sounds already like Google (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775640)

Google are loading the search results with service, news, merchandising, amazon, etc, where I'd like to find information. Becoming increasingly annoying as I'm not finding what I want but a lot of junk I don't want to wade through.

I think Hammer's a little slow on the uptake if he hasn't seen this trend.

Another opportunity for Microsoft to sit on their hands, like they did with Yahoo? Do nothing and watch Google throttle themselves and drive users away with crappy search results.

I kind of like google... (4, Funny)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775694)

so please Hammer, don't hurt them.

Re:I kind of like google... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776994)

You should have a higher funny score by now. Maybe the mods today are too young?

Re:I kind of like google... (1)

D'Sphitz (699604) | more than 2 years ago | (#37777842)

Or maybe it's that all of these predictable references to mc hammer songs are not witty or funny.

Judgement: Not so fast! (1)

wjcofkc (964165) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775720)

Cheers to MC Hammer for taking initiative to become involved in creating what is at least an attempt at bringing more usefulness to the web. It is very easy to read about this project, roll your eyes and declare it a dud. It may well be the case that the technology will be useless and die a quick death. But let's hold on until it's public. It may very well be useful enough to be bought out by google (then killed 6 months later of course). Personally I view this technology as something that might prove more overall useful on a phone after some evolving.

Categories (1)

Wowsers (1151731) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775722)

So the naughty stuff under parental blocks will be under "U can't touch this", the adult stuff will be "Yo sweetness!", and a special category for politics "Help the children".

WireDoo Family Groove (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37775760)

They do what they want to do, search what they want to search, find what they want to find, link what they want to link, kick and they slap a friend, WireDoo search family...

I try to play along and act like I'm having a ball, but what do I see, a blog with shit, loading for an hour long, I'm outta here.

duck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37775766)

Duckduckgo dot com cure to your woes. See their privicy policy!

Duckduckgo (1)

bigsexyjoe (581721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775914)

duckduckgo.com does these things for you and protects your privacy. Besides, if you searched for "car" on any search engine, you'd get ads for things like insurance, so the engine will give you related items and the engine makes a profit off of it.

That being said, I guess we are knocking it prematurely. We gotta see it before we know it's crap.

Re:Duckduckgo (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#37776700)

If they want people to use it, perhaps they shouldn't have chosen such a stupid name as "Duck Duck Go." The same sentiment applies to WireDoo. And Bing. And Yahoo, HotBot, Excite, and just about every other search engine I remember. Hmm. Odd isn't it? Even Google sounds silly.

(except Lycos and AltaVista, which actually didn't have a lame name)

Related Search (1)

JStyle (833234) | more than 2 years ago | (#37775946)

Google already has a feature that does this. Search for anything, click on "More Search Tools" (If not already displayed) and then click on "Related Searches" (two below "All Results").

Has it ever occurred to anyone that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776038)

He might just be successful?

Who is to say that if his search algorithm turns out to be more effective in some interesting way that Google or Bing wouldn't just buy him up? If there is one thing that the tech industry is known for, it's being FULL of surprises. Rap (whether you personally like it or not) is a very creative art form. If that kind of creativity could be harnessed and translated into something useful within information technology, there's no telling what he might accomplish. Even if his entry into the field serves only to narrow the growing digital divide, he'll have accomplished something worthy of the effort.

Re:Has it ever occurred to anyone that... (1)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | more than 2 years ago | (#37776194)

If he manages to get bought by either one, I would count that as a success.

All Joking Aside (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#37776274)

M.C. Hammer actually has money?

That he didn't spend on crack?

Re:All Joking Aside (2)

delinear (991444) | more than 2 years ago | (#37777126)

Maybe he's just the front for a startup hoping to get some angel investors on board. Actually, the kind of celebrity who already snorted all their money (and I'm not saying he is that kind of celebrity) is the perfect public face for that kind of setup (the celeb gets some much needed cash, the startup gets some money and the investors get to hang out with a washed up singer/actor who reminds them of their college days).

Interesting idea (1)

misxn (901438) | more than 2 years ago | (#37776346)

I can see this being useful as add-on to a more comprehensive search engine in the long run. Or perhaps integrated more tightly into a mobile offering somehow.

Since the article states that this search engine isn't meant as a âoecompetitive attempt to recreate searchâ, he likely is positioning this to be bought by a big company.

Notice what he said at the end of the presentation.

FTA:

Burrell closed his presentation saying, "No one one's playing for single's in the valley anymore, everyone is playing for the... big win."

ICE IS BACK! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776490)

With a brand new edition [of search]!

Please Hammer, don't search 'em! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776756)

"I used to be legit. I was too legit. I was too legit to quit. but now I'm not legit. I'm unlegit. And for that reason, I must quit." - Rod Kimble

Video search Competetior? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776878)

Rick Astley Tube? Where all links are RickRolls... Oh wait thats how it is now.. nevermind.

Please (1)

Fned (43219) | more than 2 years ago | (#37776898)

Please, please, please, please, PLEASE please please tell me he'll be setting up a time synchronization server.

poor iPhone (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37776950)

I suppose it won't be compatibile with touch devices

I,for one am happy for Mr. Hammer (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#37776966)

I, for one, am happy for Mr. Hammer's entrepreneurial pursuit.

I wish other rappers could follow suit.

Eminiem, for example, could build a search engine based on white-listed entries.

Tupac could group similar sites into gangs- perhaps have a specialised search engine that shoots results out for law enforcement officials.

Re:I,for one am happy for Mr. Hammer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37777344)

Tupac is either dead or living under another identity.

you must work for Microsoft... (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 2 years ago | (#37777698)

Tupac is either dead or living under another identity.

I think that accurately sums up the possibilities.


unless he's a zombie.
Or in a box.

What do you call a famous... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37777058)

Q. What do you call a famous rap artist who decides to start his own search engine?

A. A nigger.

I'm confused (1)

s_p_oneil (795792) | more than 2 years ago | (#37777988)

"Searching for the word "car" will bring up topics related to a car, like insurance, pricing and safety ratings. WireDoo is still being built and not available to the public yet."

So Google goes out of its way to try to filter out all the crap you don't want to see (not counting Google's ads, but they try to axe sites trying to rig things to redirect your search), and WireDoo goes out of its way to add even more crap that you don't want to see? That sounds extremely unappealing. What do you type if you JUST want to see cars? Do you have to rig it by only typing things related to cars, like tires, windshields, steering wheels, etc.? How many obscure car references do you have to combine to avoid getting all the crap you don't want bloating your search and slowing you down?

Re:I'm confused (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37781496)

but they try to axe sites trying to rig things to redirect your search

What do they axe them?

Please Hammer...don't search 'em! (2)

Beastface (2489776) | more than 2 years ago | (#37778154)

"I used to be legit. I was too legit. I was too legit to quit. but now I'm not legit. I'm unlegit. And for that reason, I must quit." ~ Rod Kimble

Good on him (1)

RanceJustice (2028040) | more than 2 years ago | (#37778456)

More power to him to use his money for a positive investment. While I'm a great fan of outright philanthropy, I think that investment in startups and/or local businesses is a great thing for those in the entertainment industry to get into. Especially with how most rappers invest most their money into their "crib", jewelery, guns, and perhaps the "gold plated item" industries, or at best creating their own line of "urban" attire, music labels that often propagate stereotypes and either embody or are involved in societal-damaging behaviors (If you're a hip hop mogul who sells expensive brand name clothes and then backs a music label who's "real" artists rap about gangsta life persuits giving the huge amounts of money necessary to outfit yourself in those particular clothes, it creates a culture where young kids think that gangbanging is the only "down" way to be able to afford that expensive track suit you're hawking). - this is a good move.

Its nice to see a hip-hop star investing in something that isn't directly tied to 'hood concepts of street cred. Perhaps eventually it will be cool for rappers who make it to invest in a locally made, affordable set of shoes for instance, instead of talking about thousand-dollar "kicks" and champagne as good ways to spend your money.

Re:Good on him (1)

bkr1_2k (237627) | more than 2 years ago | (#37779992)

You're aware that MC Hammer was bankrupt about 10 years ago and is a pastor for a church now, right? Or at least he was, until he started doing the "celebrity reality" tv circuit. Maybe he has money again?

Re:Good on him (1)

RanceJustice (2028040) | more than 2 years ago | (#37780332)

I am and that makes my point even more valid. He spent his first big break's millions on the kind of stuff typical to entertainers, especially rappers for the need of street cred, wasn't smart with his money and ended up with very little. He found a way to make himself relevant again and pay his bills, so this time he's using surplus funds not just to buy something expensive for the hell of it or impress MTV, but to invest in something that will hopefully not just pay off for him, but provide a useful web service for many users. That's a positive conversion as I look at it. He could probably even make more money talking or writing about his experiences to provide a benefit to lots of other young aspiring hip hop moguls.

that's MY businessplan!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37778720)

I have amazing distributed video streaming software I'm working on. When I'm done working out the kinks an making sure it scales, I plan to take up contact with celebrities and completely skip over any mention of technology challenges, pretend that it's just. a marketing thing like launching a TV channel. In the end I'll have my little YouTube and they'll have their own "Internet TV thing" with their likeness. After all celebrities often eye Internet money with envy but no one ever asks themfor $170,000 to VC one. Until this slashdot article that is ;-)

muhahahhaha. great minds think alike, my little MC-Hammer-trolling engineer :)

So, it's NOT launched? (2)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 2 years ago | (#37778828)

The title says "MC Hammer launches a search engine," but it hasn't been launched. So, where is the journalistic integrity and fact-checking accuracy Slashdot is world renowned for?

Is this that new? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37779156)

Searching for the word "car" will bring up topics related to a car, like insurance, pricing and safety ratings.

I believe this is part of what Google calls 'semantic search'.

to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37779516)

Yo MC...Nobody wants to touch that!!

Cryptic search? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37779552)

So searching for something will only bring up related results? Cryptic crossword puzzlers unite!

remember Web 3.0? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37781642)

"word "car" will bring up topics related to a car, like insurance, pricing and safety ratings."

Jokes aside, this sounds like the semantic web. And we know where that has led us to date.

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