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Images: Can Clusty be a search challenger?

Clusty takes an innovative approach to search, but the site hasn't gained traffic.
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Clusty takes its results and puts them together with similar terms and content clusters of related material. Overall, Clusty is an interesting alternative to Google although the sponsored links were too front and center for my tastes. In Life without Google you could do a lot worse than Clusty.

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Each term also has a drill-down of related items on the left. It's a handy way to drill down. If you click on "all clusters" you get every
possible term that shows up with the term iPhone. Sources can also be found in that left pane also.
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Clicking the news tab provides new clusters based on the stories of the day. By clicking on sources and then sections you can find where the iPhone turned up. For instance, on this day iPhone turned up 9 results in the business section and 62 times in technology.

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The image search also delivers results although the cluster choices seem limited to large and medium. You can also sort images by type (jpg vs. png) and URL (.com, .net. .org etc). I'm not sure why you'd care about type or URL, but it's a nice touch. One thing that's clear no one has images of the iPhone beyond what has been provided by Apple. Multiple results in Clusty, but it's the same photo repeatedly.

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I found the blog search lacking. I think I missed the Technorati approach with Clusty.

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Clicking on the jobs tab when searching on "apple iphone" yielded some interesting results. I can't
recall searching a jobs tab on other sites. Clusty groups results from Apple and Monster in these results. Clusters on the left allow you to drill down for specific jobs. I doubt there's a lot of traffic on this part of Clusty, but it is an interesting touch if you're doing 360 degree research on a topic.
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Clusty Labs reveals some interesting projects that aren't cookie cutter by any stretch. Clusty has optimized its search for the Wii and has searches specific to William Shakespeare plays and sonnets

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There's also Clusty Ben, which is devoted to Benjamin Franklin. As a history buff this is a neat development. I'll skip the Shakespeare for now.

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Under Clusty preferences you can create custom tabs and select individual sources and search engines to troll.

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