Announcements of new search engines are rare. From Switzerland comes a new search engine called Hulbee that promises privacy in searching (away from prying eyes in the USA) and semantic understanding of query and results.
“Leveraging semantic search algorithms, Hulbee provides users with a means to find what they’re looking for, even when they’re unsure of the precise phrase or term to input.”
Hulbee Launches Only Privacy-First Search Engine Secure From NSA, EU And Data Miners – PRNewswire (Aug 5)
“Unlike other search engines, which deliver results based of what’s most often searched, Hulbee is based on semantic search, which focuses on the meaning of the word and on various themes associated with it. After sifting through data in 33 languages, the Hulbee search engine presents a collection of words presented in colorful thematic tiles on the screen, giving users a broad range of choices rather than just the most popular selections.”
It’s attractive and seems serviceable for finding relevant search results. It had sufficient depth for the query I tried for Ontario history. People needing an alternate search engine might explore this.
The tiles display Hulbee’s view of concepts (described as a word cloud) . Word clouds have nearly disappeared from search, and I’m glad to see Hulbee revive this as an aid for refining the query. Don’t be unnerved, though, if you see an ad in the panel of concept tiles on the left.
Hulbee Search Engine
Image database seems limited at this time but it does have controls for size, color, style, face, and aspect.
Translator on the menubar will be handy for anyone working in multiple languages.
Other collections are video and music. The shopping vertical is definitely meant for Europeans.