Qwant

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Qwant
Type Société par actions simplifiée
Industry Web Search Engine
Founded Paris, France (February 16, 2013 (2013-02-16))
Founder(s) Jean-Manuel Rozan
Éric Leandri
Headquarters Paris, France
Website www.qwant.com

Qwant is a French search engine launched on February 16, 2013 as a beta version. A final version was released on July 4, 2013.[1]

Search[edit]

Qwant offers several types of results including conventional websites, online stores, news websites and social networks.[2]

According to its founder, Qwant does not want to compete with Google but "to show something different".

In Search mode, the results are organized in columns:

  • Web
  • News
  • Qnowledge Graph (displayed only if there is an article on Wikipedia)
  • Social
  • Shopping

It is possible to refine the search for each column by typing another keyword.

The Media mode is for photos and videos.

The People mode if for finding people or organizations on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Myspace, etc.).

Users can create a free account allowing them to create notebooks and notes.

Creation and launch[edit]

This search engine was cofounded in 2011 by Jean-Manuel Rozan, a financier, and Éric Leandri, specialist in computer security.

It was launched February 16, 2013 after two years of research and development.[3]

Communication[edit]

A lot of French newspapers and news sites talked about Qwant just after its beta launch in February 2013 and its final launch in July 2013.

Criticism[edit]

Shortly after his release, many observers expressed doubts about the nature of Qwant. According to them, Qwant is not really a search engine but simply a website aggregating results of other search engines like Bing and the "Qnowledge Graph" is only the content of Wikipedia.[4] The company has rejected the reports and assert that they do have their own Web crawler and use other search engines for semantic indexing related purposes.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Qwant : le nouveau moteur de recherche français est officiellement lancé". Atlantico (in French). Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Qwant : le nouveau moteur de recherche made in France fait de bons débuts". Atlantico (in French). Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "About". Qwant. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Qwant : moteur de recherche ou simple agrégateur d'infos ?". Abondance (in French). Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Qwant ?". Qwant. Retrieved August 19, 2013.