Qwant

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

Qwant is an EU-based 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; while the "People" mode if for finding people or organizations on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Myspace.

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]

Several 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 the 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.