May 25, 2009 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

The much awaited search engine Wolfram Alpha has finally gone live with a few glitches here and there. The search engine is believed to be of Google's stature is speculated to give tough competition to its popular rival. Wolfram Alpha was in development stage for five years before it was finally launched on 18th of May. Brainchild of physicist Dr Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Alpha is first of its kind "computational knowledge engine" i.e it stores and searches its own huge database to give specific results. Unlike Google, yahoo or any other search engine it does not come out with useless search results not even remotely related to the topic. If it is unable to find the required information it pulls up a error page but does not pull out gibberish. In short, it tries to understand the user query first and then reply with specific answer if available.

Google Vs Wolfram Alpha

  • less computation time More computation time
  • Multiple results oriented Specific result oriented

As a response to the launch of Wolfram Alpha, Google has also doled out its new tool Google Squared. Like Alpha, Google Squared also returns specific search result on the specific query. Though Wolfram Alpha is appreciated for its search specific results and extensive database but still it will be hard for it to break the convention. Since most of the time users use wrong search keyword, in that case pulling up multiple pages will only provide necessary assistance. The system which is now in its nascent stages is believed to undergo more serious transformations to be able to provide refined information on new and more topics as per the user's requirement.

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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