While reading through the Tech section of the New York Times, I came across a write-up of Kosmix, a start-up that’s attempting to make money with Internet search but NOT by taking on Google.
For a key word or topic that a user enters, Kosmix gathers content from across the Web to build a sort of multimedia encyclopedia entry on the fly. For many queries, the results are pretty satisfying and look as if they have been compiled by a human editor, not a computer.
I did a search on Frank Welker, a well-known voice actor who supplied the voices for beloved characters like Megatron and Curious George, and Kosmix came up with a pretty impressive assortment of biographical information, current news, and videos.
It seems like Kosmix might actually be kind of useful when you need a beefier helping of information on a topic than a simple Wikipedia search can provide.