The "best" public Search Engine of the moment.
Mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
If you want to do a date-range search, use this form
Phases of success:
AdWords: less irritating to users, cheap and self-service to advertisers
- everything else lives off those? Certainly in terms of revenue.
Has a Web Services API. One idea I had for this: a group-of-sites metasearch. If there's a small number of sites you "trust" for information, you could run a number of searches, each constrained to a single member of that group using the 'site:' feature, then combine the results. (Heh, this became Google Coop.)
People (as of 2009?)