Wolfram/Alpha launches: Can it break out of niche-ville?
Wolfram/Alpha has launched, but after a few searches itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an open question whether the search engine can break out of a narrow niche for select users. For many searches Wolfram/Alpha just Ã¢â‚¬Å“isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sure what to do with your input.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Wolfram/Alpha got rolling over the weekend in preparation for a full scale launch on Monday (Techmeme). If Wolfram/Alpha is really supposed to understand me it will need to figure out terms like Ã¢â‚¬Å“Delaware tax systemÃ¢â‚¬Â and not try to steer me to geography or city data.
Overall, Wolfram/Alpha reads like an encyclopedia. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s handy at times, but the big question is whether the search engine can break out of niche-ville. Sure, geeks like the presentation and it Wolfram/Alpha can be handy for deep dives, but the average person will want some sort of results every time. In that regard, Wolfram/Alpha may be a disappointment.
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