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SkipSearch ALPHA released

Posted by bcmoney on December 12, 2012 in E-Business, Semantic Web, Web Services with No Comments


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The ALPHA version of SkipSearch has been released!!!

SkipSearch is a proprietary front-end to OpenRecommender, an open source recommendation engine. Its primary features include:

  • Easy-to-use Interface with hover-intent to reduce clicks, audio controls & shortcuts
  • Lightweight HTML5 / CSS3 layout
  • Mobile-friendly, responsive design
  • Schema.org properties and support for RDFa/Microformats
  • Import data from multiple accounts (Google/Yahoo/Microsoft/Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIN/Last.FM/StumbleUpon and other social media account integration)
  • Export functionality based on open formats (RSS, ATOM, OPML, XSPF, FOAF)
  • OpenID authentication
  • OAuth authorization

Use-Cases

At this point, SkipSearch would appeal to anyone who is:

  1. Trying to find something on Google but just not getting the results they need. (i.e. where should I go on vacation? or which one of my friends like X?)
  2. In need of an app with the ability to Import profile and friend data from Facebook or another Social Network, so that its backed up forever
  3. An early-adopter looking to try out the latest (and hopefully greatest) in web technologies

In the future though, the goal is that it will have a much broader appeal to just about every web user as a viable alternative to both the established Search Engines and Social Networking Services, as a great way to share information in an open, transparent but yet totally controllable and private (if you want it) manner.

 

Business Model

There are two proposed ways of using SkipSearch:

  • Free: Ad-supported (features limited)
  • Subscription: $1.00/yr. ad-free (unlimited)

For one dollar (USD) per year, you get access to all the features of SkipSearch. You can still use the service for free, but you won’t be able to import, backup, export and personalize your experience based on your data from other social networks.

 

In a lot of ways, the release of SkipSearch represents the next generation of BC$ MobileTV. Hopefully you’ll check out the site regularly, whether that’s for free or as a paid user!

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BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money

The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:

1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.

2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.

3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.

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