Talk:Aardvark (search engine)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
WikiProject Google (Rated Start-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Google, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Google and related topics on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.

Are there secret groups on aardvark? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bandgeek05 (talkcontribs) 20:20, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

Primary sources and notability[edit]

The only coverage I can find is the same article about the parent company getting $6 million and some blog entries which are not notable. Wperdue (talk) 23:20, 11 March 2009 (UTC)wperdue

I've added several blog postings from CNET, venturebeat, and techcrunch, which are the pre-eminate / most notable sources for this space; I've left the disclaimers at the top, but would appreciate you re-evaluating the notability of the article and removing your tags if you feel the changes are sufficient; if not I'd appreciate more advice on what meets the widipedia bar as I'm a fairly new user. Plbankhead (talk) 17:38, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

  • A New York Times article about it is here. --V2Blast (talk) 22:07, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

What are google's plans with aardvark?[edit]

Anybody have any ideas? (talk) 01:56, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

Vark domain[edit]

The current occupant of the vark dot com domain is a web site called BiggestBrother/Urza's Glasses. It's rather mysterious; I can't figure out its purpose. Can anyone shed some light on this? (talk) 18:20, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

As of now, April 2012, there is no occupant of the vark dot com domain. --FeralOink (talk) 08:04, 14 April 2012 (UTC)
Perhaps the URL should be removed from the infobox. It could be usefull to add a link to the internet archive at external links e.g.: (talk) 17:37, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

Aardvark alternatives[edit]

Aardvark may not have been profitable enough for Google to continue supporting it, but it was a useful web site. With added guidance provided by knowledgeable humans, Aardvark often answered questions that search engines alone could not answer.

Can anyone suggest alternatives that provide a similar service? (talk) 18:27, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Yahoo! Answers perhaps... but many of the people who answer questions there are complete morons. (talk) 01:25, 18 November 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, that's the problem. Aardvark had a nice squadron of non-morons going for it. (talk) 19:48, 20 November 2011 (UTC)
Not really. EDIT That was intended as a response to the question, "Can anyone suggest alternatives that provide a similar service?" Sorry for the ambiguity, I agree that Aardvark did indeed have "a nice squadron of non-morons", very much so! --FeralOink (talk) 05:59, 14 April 2012 (UTC)
Aardvark was a two part search; first an automated match, then a human-powered search. That was unique, as far as I know. Yahoo! Answers isn't THAT terrible, well, sometimes it is! But it doesn't accomplish what Aardvark did. Same can be said for any other site that is human-sourced only. That includes Quora, where non-experts (trolls and morons too) can answer questions they know nothing about. There is StackExchange, but those sites are more topic specific than Aardvark. StackExchange is the closest, I guess. I miss Aardvark. --FeralOink (talk) 17:25, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Clean up summary, April 2012[edit]

I made some revisions to the Aardvark article.

  • I rewrote it in the past tense.
  • I checked the Mechanical Zoo (Aardvark parent company prior to Google acquisition) funding amounts and timing, and revised accordingly.
  • I removed the link to Aardvark Sportswear, as it has nothing to do with Aardvark (nor did it ever in the past, I checked carefully to make sure that was correct)! Somehow it was linked in the radio box for the Alexa entry for Aardvark, which was very confusing. Aardvark (alas) no longer has any website at all.

I also checked whether the references were accurate. They were (for the most part), including the URLs, all of which remain accessible. --FeralOink (talk) 08:00, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

Looks good. Thanks NCSS (talk) 20:58, 15 November 2012 (UTC)