If you’ve been reading ResearchBuzz for a long time, you’ve heard me mention Vivisimo, a company that launched a nice clustering search engine called Clusty. Clusty.com still has the Vivisimo logo on it, but yesterday evening I read a press release from PRNewswire announcing that Clusty had been acquired by something called Yippy, Inc.
The meaningful part of the press release is only about a paragraph long — seriously, the legal disclaimer is longer than that paragraph. I had no idea Clusty was even up for grabs. So naturally my first thought was, “Why?” And my second thought was “What’s a Yippy besides the other half of ” … Skippy”?
That’s Yippy. The search form not only does a Clusty search it at the moment frames a Clusty page in its search results — as far as I can tell results are not coming from Yippy.com . Yippy’s also offering more, including E-mail, 2GB storage (in the “Yippy Cloud,” which sounds like a night spot with BITCHIN’ poetry slams), what looks like a basic RSS feed reader, games, etc. And all (except the framed Clusty results) in this very blue cartoonish style as you can see in the screenshot above.
Yippy’s features (which are free, though you’ll have to register) remind me very much of a portal site — what with the e-mail and the storage and all. I would not have noticed it at all, probably, if the company had not bought Clusty. The question now of course is what happens, and does anyone want to use a portal site anymore, and can you integrate a clustering search engine into a portal site, and is Yahoo going to take offense at Yippy’s name (it shouldn’t, I see no reason to, but you never can tell.)
Yippy promises a more complete press release on Monday. I’m looking forward to it.