• 9 Alternative Search Engines to Improve Discovery

    Blekko's slogan is "the spam-free search engine," and its mission is to combine traditional algorithms with user knowledge and partner expertise in order to deliver results from the most reputable sites. Blekko has an "editorial" approach -- it wants you to feel like your search results are handpicked for what you're looking for online.

    read more February 26, 2013
  • izik for iPad App Review

    izik by blekko Inc is a reference app that provides you with a fun and sleek search engine, with results displayed on a glossy page with sharp images, gesture controls and multiple categories.

    read more February 23, 2013
  • An Alternative Search Tool for Your Tablet

    More than just a pretty interface, Izik—which debuted last month as the top reference app in iTunes—is based on Blekko, the search engine that boasts higher quality results based on human curation.

    read more February 4, 2013
  • blekko: Slashing its Way to Significance

    Despite Google’s domination of the search industry, blekko has been able to carve out a growing niche for itself. But the startup has much bigger long-term plans. California-based blekko was founded in 2007 and brands itself as an “open” and “transparent” alternative to the titan of Mountain View.

    read more January 29, 2013
  • Free Database of the Entire Web May Spawn the Next Google

    Rich Skrenta, cofounder and CEO of search engine startup Blekko, says Common Crawl’s data fulfills a definite need in the startup community. He says Blekko has been approached by startups with technology needing access to large collections of online data.

    read more January 24, 2013
  • Izik Review

    Fantastic reimagining of traditional search. Impressive filtering. Fast results.

    read more January 17, 2013
  • Izik is a great little internet search app built for your iPad

    When I think of search I pretty much think of Google. I have tried Bing, and while it is pretty, a lot of my searches just don't turn out as well as they do on Google. If you'd like to try something completely different, let me suggest you get a look at Izik, which is free. Izik is not a front end for Google or any other search engine, but it has its own search technology and methodology from Blekko, the company that created the Izik app.

    read more January 9, 2013
  • A Search Engine Made for Mobile Devices

    Izik is a new search engine for tablets, made by Blekko. The company is the rare search start-up that did dare to take on Google on computers, and is now turning to mobile devices.

    read more January 8, 2013
  • Blekko Launches Izik, A Tablet-Optimized Search App

    Search startup Blekko is launching a new app today called Izik (pronounced "Isaac"), which it says has been designed specifically for the search experience on tablets. CEO Rich Skrenta said Izik is an attempt to recapture "that same tingly feeling" that people had when they first used Google more than a decade ago and realized that this was a new, improved search experience. That doesn’t happen on tablets, he said, because search on tablets "doesn't look native."

    read more January 4, 2013
  • 10 Blekko Secrets

    Blekko popularity is growing rapidally. At first glance, Blekko is quite similar to these major search engines, however its added value lays in its 'slashtag' categories. These are are simply filters that limit the search results to predefined websites or domains.

    read more December 21, 2012
  • Blekko Donates Search Data to Common Crawl

    At blekko, we believe the web and search should be open and transparent — it’s number one in the blekko Bill of Rights. To make web data accessible, blekko gives away our search results to innovative applications using our API. Today, we’re happy to announce the ongoing donation of our search engine ranking metadata for 140 million websites and 22 billion webpages to the Common Crawl Foundation.

    read more December 17, 2012
  • Search Engine Blekko Brings Human Evaluation to Search Results

    The founders set out to create a new search engine that could guarantee the relevance and safety of its results. Instead of relying on social cues for ranking, Blekko would add a layer of curation, using human review to help determine the most useful links.

    read more October 9, 2012
  • Now You Can Embed ROCKZi’s Socially Curated News Pages On Your Own Website

    To set up a ROCKZi embed, you first create a standard ROCKZi board, which is a pretty simple process. You just enter the topic, then ROCKZi automatically starts pulling in related news. Anyone can upvote good stories by hitting the “this rockz” button, and they can submit stories of their own. As the board creator, you can also delete stories that aren’t a good fit.

    read more October 5, 2012
  • Human-Influenced Search - Interview with Blekko CTO, Greg Lindahl

    I had the great fortune to mingle with the who's-who of CTOs and CIOs at the NoSQL Now! conference last month in San Jose. I met with Blekko CTO Greg Lindahl at dinner one night and he explained it to me: In the world of search, it's not just about the data, it's how you enable people to access it.

    read more September 14, 2012
  • blekko: Introducing ROCKZi, News Content that Matters to You Most

    “I’m excited to talk about our new product ROCKZi,” says Mike Markson, CMO at blekko. “ROCKZi is a fun, interactive way to consume and interact with the news content that matters to you most. We bring the power of search behind it with blekko, and we turn the search engine inside out creating white labeled news feeds around the best content from the best sites on the web.”

    read more September 13, 2012
  • Blekko’s new social content curation site ROCKZi turns search inside out

    For Google and Bing, social search has meant layering social features on top of their search engines. But blekko, the human-curated search engine, seems to be taking somewhat of an opposite approach. The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company (which markets itself as “spam free search”) today unveiled an entirely new content curation site, ROCKzi, which lets people consume and socialize around the news they care about in a visually-appealing environment.

    read more July 12, 2012
  • Firefox flirts with Blekko for 'instant' search

    The Blekko add-on (download), developed by Mozilla Labs' Prospector team, aims to cut down on the repetitive search behaviors of many Firefox users. Mozilla says that its research indicates that people often search for the same term, not because they're looking to find it again but because they're attempting to navigate elsewhere.

    read more May 22, 2012
  • Blekko's Traffic is Up Almost 400 Percent; Here Are the CEO's Five Reasons Why

    By the end of April, traffic to Blekko will likely have quadrupled since January 1st, and the company has a handful of reasons why it thinks that’s happening. More on the explanation later; first, the numbers.

    read more April 17, 2012
  • Blekko Works With Lavasoft on Spam-Free Search

    The search engine Blekko is not content to be the underdog. It wants to be your guard dog too. The start-up continues to embrace its motto as “the spam-free search engine.” Since it began in November 2010, Blekko has tried to position itself as the safest of the three algorithmic search engines on the market, the others being giants — Microsoft’s Bing service and that little company called Google.

    read more March 23, 2012
  • Upstart Search Engine Blekko Receives $30 Million

    Yandex, the most popular search engine in Russia, has invested $15 million and promised to share its servers and other technology. It's the first time the Russian company has invested in a U.S. search engine. Blekko's other $15 million comes from a group composed mostly of earlier investors: U.S Venture Partners, CMEA Capital and PivotNorth Capital.

    read more October 3, 2011
  • Oh Good Grep! Web Grepper: A New Web Intelligence Feature From Blekko

    Web Grepper allows users to run searches on the ENTIRE Blekko to reveal data that you could not search and find using keywords. In other words, you can also search material in the actual HTML coding of a web page.

    read more September 14, 2011
  • Be The Mark In Blekko’s 3 Engine Monte

    I’ve played it a few times and can beat it just about every time. The key is to look for certain signals, like the inclusion of content farm stuff. It still appears high in Google and Bing results, but you won’t see it at all in Blekko. Give it a try, and good luck.

    read more June 21, 2011
  • Blekko Slashes More Spam With “Zorro” Update

    Most people who use Blekko don’t take advantage of the slashtag category creation capability, but Skrenta and company have been trying make them available to Blekko users at large. The Zorro update means that slashtag-category-related results will now automatically appear at or near the top of a wide range of SERPs.

    read more June 21, 2011
  • The Blekko Boom: Hottest Search Engine You’ve Never Heard of Inks Flipboard Deal

    On Blekko, searchers double as editors, helping the upstart search engine refine and curate the best websites for any given query. The people-centric formula is antithetical to the typical machine-driven approach.

    read more May 17, 2011
  • An Engine’s Tall Order: Streamline the Search

    Blekko uses a search algorithm like Google’s or Bing’s but also gets humans, mostly volunteers, to identify the sites they know, trust and visit most often and to put those at the top of the search results.

    read more May 7, 2011
  • Names You Need To Know: Blekko

    Search is supposed to be for big companies with thousands of engineers: Google, market capitalization $169 billion, versus Microsoft, at $216 billion. Enter Blekko, which has 25 employees, and spent less than $25 million since its 2007 founding. Last summer Blekko launched a search engine that has been gaining significant traffic by a war on useless Web sites.

    read more May 2, 2011
  • Why We Desperately Need a New (and Better) Google

    In addition to providing regular search capabilities like Google’s, Blekko allows you to define what it calls “slashtag” filters to filter the information you retrieve according to your own criteria. Slashtag filters are mostly human-curated sets of websites built around a specific topic, such as health, finance, sports, tech, and colleges. So if you are looking for information about swine flu, you can add “/health” to your query and search only the top 70 or so relevant health sites rather than tens of thousands spam sites.

    read more January 1, 2011
  • A New Search Engine, Where Less Is More

    Start-ups and big companies alike have tried to take on Google by building a better search engine. That they have failed has not stopped brave new entrants. The latest is Blekko, a search engine that will open to the public on Monday.

    read more November 1, 2010