RollyO Launches Beta

The official launch is at Web 2, but the public beta went up today, Dave Pell tells me. This is a new engine which lets your "roll your own" searches. I rolled one on search, for example. It sort of like creating your own domain specific search on the…

Logo-Unreg-PlainThe official launch is at Web 2, but the public beta went up today, Dave Pell tells me. This is a new engine which lets your “roll your own” searches. I rolled one on search, for example. It sort of like creating your own domain specific search on the fly…

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

17 thoughts on “RollyO Launches Beta”

  1. Yes, please do elaborate, John. “Rollyo” seems to be yet-another-independent-search-tool hoping for the jackpot with an acquisition by Ask.com, Google, MSN, or Yahoo! but not something I’d actually use. I hate to say it and be a pessimist here, but this not all that useful (if it’s useful at all) and I don’t see them becoming successful.

    Ciao,
    Doug

  2. I disagree. If there were an easy way to plug this into a browser so that everytime you come across a page you like it could be added with a simple click to your “roll” I think people would use it.

    I think this would make sense for MSN. Plug it into explorer. Use their own search technology. You can search any set of web sites. Say for example a folder in your favorites? I am just spitballing ideas here. Maybe then other MSN search results come up below your tailored results…I hope there is still room for ads 🙂

  3. From what I can tell, this looks so much like Simpy’s Topics feature (and that’s really just one small feature), which lets you subscribe to others’ “link + tag stream”, group multiple subscriptions in the same topic, create any number of topics, create any number of filters over those topics, people, their links and tags, search it with full-text, etc. Similar, no?
    You can try it with the demo/demo account.

  4. The only reason you would use a service like this is if a web-wide search on Google has very low precision, i.e, too many bad results.

    The problem with services like these (JetPacks included), is that they have poor recall, i.e., there could be a relevant article that would interest you but you did not add it to your roll, pack, etc.

    This all can be handled with good web-wide search.

    And I agree with Doug: Rollyo, JetPack, Simpy are all easily replicated features of search engines, not independent companies. Google could code this in a day. Yahoo and MSN, two at most. Only fools would acquire such nonsense.

  5. >> “Rollyo” seems to be yet-another-independent-search-tool hoping for the jackpot with an acquisition by Ask.com, Google, MSN, or Yahoo! but not something I’d actually use.

    Spot on 🙂 ,I am really sick of all this Web 2.0 hype. Until this day i didnt see one web 2.0 site which became mass accepted except for myspace.com.

    Its seems web 2.0 is nothing but geeks smooking their own pot !

  6. Great discussion here. This has been one of the greatest, most intellectually-stimulating (and yet short and sweet) blog threads I’ve read to date. Great written work everybody! 🙂

    Ciao,
    Doug

  7. Wow this is a good find for today. They just introduced the gmail invite/ orkut invite concept into search engines… may be this will be an add on to this concept and basically someone can create a web shop where people can buy clean lists with someone who pruned a list of websites which deliver content daily. Else a an ad supported version where the list contains a small list of sponsored websites in the list ( highly relevant). Finally there is some answer to the search spam…looks like

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