VideoSurf's hot debut
VideoSurf, a video search technology debuting at TechCrunch50, has analysts and reporters raving. Chris Sherman of searchengineworld.com describes VideoSurf as "new, genuinely radical video search." The new search engine, backed by former Vice President and tech-wonk Al Gore, is drawing the buzz because of its "multigrid fast computation" that enables it to tag and sort videos, not simply by metadata, key frames, and surrounding text, but by the actual people in the videos.
According to searchengineworld.com, CEO Lior Delgo and VideoSurf focused on visual discovery, visual search and visual navigation to set the site apart from other aggregators, like blinkx.com and Joost.
VideoSurf has not undergone rigorous scrutiny yet and it will still need to demonstrate efficacy and relevance to give the user experience it claims to provide. Sherman certainly was happy with the demo he received, but it remains to be seen if the public will embrace it. The interface looks intuitive and aesthetically pleasing, but wide-spread use will help determine if there are any issues that could drag VideoSurf under the water.
- see Chris Sherman's extensive discussion of VideoSurf